Maddy North made a single bucket the entire night, but it ended Chickasha’s season.
The Newcastle forward’s fatal shot came in overtime and helped the second-ranked Lady Racers secure a 55-50 win against the sixth-ranked Lady Chicks. It marked the end of Chickasha’s season and a second-consecutive loss in the first round of area.
But it was no lay-down. Chickasha was as much as 16-points down before a second-half fightback to save the season. With under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, they even held a three-point lead.
Chickasha’s effort was personified in senior Dominique Golightly. She battled with asthma all night in a stuffy Stillwater High School gym and finished with a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds.
Golightly was even out for about half of the fourth-quarter, when senior Tandra King stepped in to complete Chickasha’s resurgence. Following a put-back layup, plus foul shot, by junior Meredith Noland, King drilled a step-back three pointer to tie the game up.
On her way to 11 points, King sank a pair of free-throws in the fourth-quarter to hand Chickasha its first lead since the opening minutes. King fouled out less than a minute later
There was no stopping Newcastle’s Katie Mayo, who scored the game-high 19 points. The only one who ever did was Chickasha senior Taylor Sylvester, who clamped down on Newcastle’s star center with seven blocks.
The Lady Racers also benefited from the timing of Caitlynne Weatherly. She sank back-to-back three-pointers on either side of the half, asserting the Lady Racers’ dominance and slowing down the surging Chickasha effort.
Newcastle made things look too easy on offense early. Mayo bossed the blocks at that end of the court and finished the first half with 13 of her points.
Aaliyah Endsley’s battle with King — one between two fast-moving, high-energy guards — was an early story, until the latter picked up one too many fouls and had to sit. Chickasha switched things out, putting junior Jaycie Brown on the Lady Racers’ talented guard.
It worked to an extent, but the Lady Chicks couldn’t get enough buckets on the other end to make it count. Newcastle took a commanding lead with a 10-0 run in the first quarter, with Endsley and Mayo picking up the majority of those buckets.
In search of an attacking outlet, Golightly sank five points for Chickasha to try and claw back in the second quarter. She also had a three-pointer at the buzzer ruled out, much to Chickasha’s bemusement.
Caitlynne Weatherly sank a pair of three-pointers to keep the Lady Racers in charge, up by 14 points at the half. King and Golightly picked up three fouls before the break, though, adding some complication to Chickasha’s offensive plan.
It was brushed aside, however, for most of the second half. King sank a quick four points, and Golightly added five more to a 9-0 third quarter run that cut the lead to five.
Weatherly’s three-pointers took it back to double-digits, and Chickasha had to start over.
With Golightly taking a breather, King took charge on both sides of the floor. All three of her rebounds came in the fourth quarter, and she used them to push the Chickasha offense.
Noland rode that energy, sneaking backdoor on a missed shot for a put-back plus the foul. It took the lead to three points before King’s long-range effort the next time down evened things up.
Soon after, King had to sit with her fifth foul for blowing through a screen. Golightly, who had spent part of the quarter in the locker room, returned to rapturous applause from the Chickasha side.
She sparked overtime to life by getting a bucket plus the foul shot straight from the tipoff. A baseline jumper from Brown took Chickasha’s lead back to three.
With Weatherly fouled out, Newcastle found another three-point source in Hailey Sylvester. She tied things up from long-range, giving North the opportunity for a go-ahead bucket from close range.