February 9, 2014

Late surge saves Warriors: Anadarko girls storm to win

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star

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.

Big fourth quarter gives Anadarko boys the win

With the fourth ranked team in 4A on the ropes heading into the final quarter, Chickasha was on the verge of perhaps their biggest win of the season.

But as ranked teams tend to do, Anadarko quickly eliminated that opportunity. Aram Johnson’s 27 points led them to a 61-47 win, although the score line does not reflect what was an even contest for at least three quarters.

The start was anything but subdued. Cole Young had a breakaway layup and a put-back for four points in just the first minute. The Warriors weren’t deterred, and hit back with Parton in the middle of the action.

Parton’s six helped Anadarko to a four point lead when the second quarter started, capped by a nice jump stop into a layup between three Fightin’ Chicks. Johnson took over in the second quarter, when most of his nine first-half points fell in.

Chickasha’s six-point second quarter swing was heavily influenced by Shumway and Henderson, who have started to form somewhat of a dream team. First it was Shumway, who finished the night on 10 points, hitting Henderson in quick transition for a layup, before things were reversed on an in-bounds play to get a close-range jumper and the foul.

Henderson, who had a rare start on the bench before sinking a team-leading 22 points, struck again later in the second with a layup and the foul shot to give Chickasha the lead. In the midst of all that, Colten Christian’s three pointer stopped the hint of Warrior momentum from growing any bigger.  By halftime, Chickasha had picked up some of their own and led by two.

The Warriors had a much better second half at Chickasha’s expense. Aron Johnson saved his best for the third quarter, with 10 points as Anadarko built a 13-2 run to put them far ahead.

The Fightin’ Chicks pulled back within five by the end of the third, but an 18-5 run for the Warriors in the fourth put things beyond reach.