January 10, 2014

Group effort puts Lady Chicks in semifinal

CHICKASHA — The Chickasha girls spread the wealth in their 51-37 win over Douglass to take them through to a Friday semifinal in the Chickasha Classic on Thursday.

All but two of the ten players that came into the game got in the scorer’s book. Taylor Sylvester, Dominique Golightly, and Karissa Duke all led with eight points. Sylvester came back from injury during the holiday season to play against the Trojans, and her presence was noted. She came away with five blocks.

“We were just trying to not wear anybody out, survive, and advance at this point,” head coach Christy Edelen said. “We were trying to get Taylor back going. We gave her some short spurts, so that probably kept her from finding her rhythm. She did some good things for us.”

Everyone was scoring for Chickasha to start things off. Seven different players scored their eight shots in the first quarter to give them an eight point lead by the end of it. Duke took the lead on a few fast breaks, started by Stewart who was lively up top to break up the Trojan rhythm.

“When you have injuries, you start expecting more out of some of those kids that are stepping into those roles, and coming off the bench. Karissa is one of those players. She’s been very solid, she has a great court sense to her. It’s going to be fun to watch her confidence grow.”

It probably should have been more. It was a rather shaky start for the Lady Chicks to start, especially when they ran the floor. Fortunately Duke was scoring, as was sophomore Dominique Golightly.

But Douglass kept pace in the second quarter after they settled down. Nine first half points from junior Breiana Samilton had the Trojans in high spirits, even though they went into the half down by ten. It was a much closer game than the first time these teams met last season, and there was a feeling the Lady Chicks were leaving a win on the table.

Sylvester was part of the third quarter effort to try and pull away from Douglass, and the difference she makes was immediately evident. After she was first found on the right block for an easy lay-in, Sylvester was there again for the put back when Golightly’s close-range shot went a bit too far. The team effort put Chickasha through to the semifinals to face Lawton-Mac tonight at 7 p.m.

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