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January 17, 2014

Chickasha girls bounce back with big win

CHICKASHA — Determined to put a midweek defeat behind them, the Chickasha girls held nothing back in their 63-36 win over Noble.

The performance was one of a team dead-set to prove it had much more to show as the second half of the season draws near. Sophomore Dominique Golightly’s 15 points led the way forward, but a cohesive team effort made the win as big as it was. Ten different Lady Chicks scored on the night.

It was clear the Lady Chicks put a devastating start on Tuesday firmly behind them. Chickasha attacked with speed and, when they didn’t, used their size down low. Forward Sylvester got a few early shots from the right block, one off an offensive rebound. Golightly then backed down her defender before laying one off the glass from a tough angle.

There was a noticeable upward shift in confidence from the midweek game, as well. Substitute Hanna Ferguson wasn’t afraid to shoot, and she picked up a few early jumpers. Jacklyn Ramos also picked up a jumper before a breakaway layup fell in. It culminated in a 14-2 run midway through the first quarter, ended by a Jennifer Byrd three pointer for Noble. After just one quarter, the Lady Chicks were in charge, 22-8.

They continued that trend in the second half, but there was also a noticeable change on defense. The Lady Chicks forced 12 first half turnovers, which translated into easy buckets at the other end. Only Byrd was finding enough space to shoot, and that was only enough for nine points in the first half. She finished with 15 points on the night, but Chickasha led by 23 at the break.

Noble fought back coming out of the third quarter, as Bethany Thompson grabbed a few jump shots in the opening minutes. But the high pressure defense by Chickasha led to a lot of breakaway baskets, much of them scored by Alex Stewart, who finished the game with 11 points. Nine of those came in the second half, as the point guard, usually more of a threat from outside, found herself scoring more and more inside the perimeter. Chickasha scored 21 points in the third quarter to essentially put the game away. Sylvester finished her night with nine points, while Ferguson tallied seven.

The Lady Chicks now get a week and a half to mull the successes of their win and get ready for the second half of the season.

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