EDMOND, Okla. —
Taylor Sylvester, who's 6' 4" frame towered over the court, wasn't just present in size alone. She used it, pulling down nine rebounds and registering nine blocks to keep the Lady Tigers away from the basket. Freshman Meredith Noland continued her steady climb with nine points, including an important bucket plus foul shot that kept Chickasha in the ascendency in the third quarter.
Then, there was Stewart. Her points haul copies the career-high total she put up against Durant in the final home game of the season, but defensively it was an entirely different level. She had eight steals, many of which resulted in easy points at the other end.
Crucially, Chickasha needs this to happen all over again against El Reno on Saturday at 3 p.m. The hope is that there is even more to come and that this was not the pinnacle of the Lady Chicks' rise.
"Let's hope not and we play like that again Saturday," Edelen said. "But we're playing our best basketball at the right time, which is what we wanted to do."