The Chickasha girls are off to the area round of Class 4A playoffs after beating Elk City to win the regional consolation championship on Saturday.
The Lady Chicks battled back from as much as an eight point deficit to win 58-51. Chickasha took its first lead of the game in the third quarter and survived a late Elk City charge to progress.
Seniors Dominique Golightly and Tandra King contributed the bulk of Chickasha’s points, with 20 and 15, respectively. Golightly also hauled in six rebounds and recorded three assists.
For about the third game running, senior Taylor Sylvester let up little inside the perimeter. Her eight blocks helped keep the Elkettes confined to the perimeter for most of their shots.
Shades of Thursday night appeared as Elk City used its three-point shooting game to take the initiative early. Weatherford’s long-range prowess is exactly why Chickasha found itself here, in the consolation bracket, in the first place.
Four three-pointers from senior Hannah Anderson helped her to a game-high 23 points. She fueled Elk City’s early run.
If only foul trouble didn’t play a factor.
Anderson turned up the heat in the second quarter, sparking an Elkettes run with six-straight buckets. It put them up by eight, their biggest lead of the afternoon.
Two straight defensive stops for Chickasha halted the flood, and Karissa Duke had a three-pointer go in off of the glass to pull momentum back. The Lady Chicks turned it into a vital three in transition, with Golightly hitting King in the corner to cut the deficit to one.
Golightly made one of two free throws at the end of the half to tie things up, 30-30, at the break. Anderson hit back immediately, draining a long-three to put Elk City up early.
The quick transition really started working for Chickasha, taking them on a 9-0 run for their first lead of the game in the third quarter. Junior Meredith Noland found Sylvester with a bounce pass to the block, making the score 36-35.
King pushed on the next possession, finding Noland in the same exact spot for another bucket. The lead eventually went to as high as eight.
Anderson hit another three to cut that down, but it was her final contribution. Her three fouls in the first half caught up with the Elkettes, and the talented senior fouled out with a few minutes remaining.
Following back-to-back buckets for Elk City, Hope Butler sank a pair of free throws to bring them within two points. It made for a dramatic ending, but the Lady Chicks managed to make enough foul shots.
It was the biggest struggle for them this time out. Chickasha went 16-of-28 from the charity stripe.