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February 9, 2014

Late surge saves Warriors: Anadarko girls storm to win

CHICKASHA — Anadarko girls were runaway winners over Chickasha on Saturday, coming out on top 65-23.

Ashley Beatty was the main beneficiary of a ruthless Lady Warrior offense with a game-high 19 points. She was one of three Anadarko players to finish in double-digits.

On the other end, whatever the price was for a basket, Chickasha couldn’t buy one. The Lady Warriors’ transition game was killer. Quick races down the court resulted in quick buckets for Beatty and Tandra King. But it would not have been effective if Chickasha would just get a few shots to fall.

One of two Dominique Golightly jumpers in the first half ended a 9-0 Warrior run midway through the first. The Lady Chicks tried to use their height advantage, with Golightly and Taylor Sylvester above most of the players on the floor. But they couldn’t capitalize on the mismatch, and when the rebounds fell to Anadarko, a bucket usually followed.

The visitors started the second quarter on a 9-2 run, Beatty once again at the center. As the half wore on, tiredness started to show with the fouls adding up for Chickasha. Anything on the table, it seemed, to stop the Lady Warriors from easy buckets. They entered halftime up by 25 points and with Chickasha searching for a lifeline.

It never came. While Beatty was held to just three points in the third quarter – all from a close range jumper plus the foul shot – Ashley Williams and Emily Gonzalez, who had 13 points off the bench, kept hitting from long range. The lid on the rim stayed for Chickasha, although it lifted long enough for Jaycie Brown to get five points, all on put-back jumpers.

And in the fourth quarter, Chickasha’s size advantage finally started to show. Sylvester scored six of her team-leading eight points, all from the low block, while finishing the night with nine rebounds.

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