CHICKASHA — The Chickasha girls had to settle for fourth place in the Chickasha Classic tournament on Saturday when they fell 57-49 to Cache.
The Lady Bulldogs lifted the trophy with Jamie Bonnarens leading the way on 25 points. Chickasha’s Dominique Golightly led her team with 20, while Alex Stewart put in 18 points and sophomore Taylor Sylvester scored eight.
Golightly put Chickasha (up early, first with some nice moves down low, and then from the right corner with a three. But the long-range shooting was all Lady Bulldogs. Amanda Rhodes struck first from long range to give Cache a 9-8 lead in the first quarter. Stewart struck back with a buzzer-beater at the end of the opening frame to put Chickasha down by just one.
Nautica Butler came out flying in the second, and quickly gave her teama commanding lead. She hit from long range before stealing the ball away for a breakaway layup to put her team up 17-11. Golightly kept providing the offense for Chickasha, coming away with nine first half points.
So did sophomore Maci Fox, who hit three from beyond the arc, including one as the halftime buzzer sounded, to put Cache up 26-19.
A 14-4 run by Chickasha in the third quarter gave them the lead back, only for it to be canceled out in the end by yet another Cache three. Golightly was once again in the thick of it with four points, but Stewart was the one to keep it going. Seven third quarter points ensured Stewart would leave a mark on the game, capped by a three pointer with time running out. But Bonnarens sank a three in the remaining seconds to give Cache a one-point advantage heading into the final quarter.
Bonnarens continued a monumental second half in the fourth. All but seven of her 25 points on the night came in the second half when she shot 9-for-10 from the free throw line. Stewart had 13 in the second half alone, but with only Golightly to partner with on the offensive production, it all fell short of a comeback performance.