BY ADAM TROXTELL
Chickasha may be doing things the hard way in the postseason, but it started off fairly easy.
The Lady Chicks began life in the regional consolation bracket with a 68-37 win against Clinton, ending the Red Tornadoes’ season. It was a needed response after Weatherford edged Chickasha on Thursday night to reach the regional final and win a potentially easier path to state.
"It's just about getting back on track," Head Coach Kirk Reimers said. "I thought we didn't push the ball out in transition as much last night for whatever reason. We were a little set heavy. That's what I told the girls today. We've just got to go out there and be us."
Senior Dominique Golightly certainly isn’t ready for her final season to end. She finished the afternoon with a game-high 19 points, five assists, four steals and two blocks.
She was joined in double-digits by Taylor Sylvester, who sank 12 points to go with eight rebounds and two blocks. Her height advantage was influential as Chickasha built its lead and solidified passage into the next round.
They didn’t look angry, but the Lady Chicks definitely had some steam to blow off following a shock loss on Thursday. Clinton’s lead was brief before the flood gates opened at the other end.
Once again, Golightly was the instigator. She fueled a 9-0 run for Chickasha with five points and was the first to find Sylvester down low and exploit the height advantage.
The run was complete when Tandra King rushed down court and dished to Karissa Duke, and by the end of the first quarter, Golightly was already on 11 points.
A 10-2 run took Chickasha even farther ahead. This time it was Sylvester and King, both with a three-pointer, who helped the Lady Chicks reach a 28-point deficit by halftime.
Sylvester got going again in the third quarter with back-to-back buckets. She then found Hanna Fergason for a long two-point shot from the right elbow as Chickasha’s lead approached 40 points.
Even the substitutes got in on the action. Lynnsie Elam scored eight points in the second half, while Tristyn Chambers secured all of her six points inside the paint in the fourth quarter.
Kyla Williams was the bright spot for Clinton with 15 points. She had the Red Tornadoes’ only buckets to fall in the first quarter.
The Lady Chicks will face the winner of Friday’s late game between Bethany and Elk City on Saturday in the consolation bracket final. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. in Chickasha, with the winner advancing to area.