The Chickasha Lady Chicks recently added another tally to the win column.
The Lady Chicks stayed close with the Clinton Lady Reds on Saturday in Chickasha and eventually put together one final push in the fourth quarter. That push resulted in a 46-43 victory and an excited head coach.
“These girls have worked really, really, really hard,” head coach Carol Craven said after the game. “The girls are putting in the time. … It’s nice to see.”
The Lady Chicks continue to gain confidence and belief in a season of improvement. That is something Craven believes is important going forward.
“It’s huge for us,” she said.
A portion of Chickasha’s final push came without the game’s leading scorer, Lexi Albright. Albright led all scorers with 18 points but picked up her fifth foul late in the game. Chickasha led by one when Albright fouled out and outscored Clinton 6-4 after that foul.
Other players stepped up when Albright went out with 3:25 left in the game. Craven talked about other players stepping up and having different options to go to.
“I can go that deep in my bench,” she said. “I have a hard time every time picking out who I want to start … it’s on a day-to-day basis.”
The fourth quarter belonged to senior Gracie Weber. Weber made her mark in multiple facets of the game in the fourth quarter, including scoring all six of her points in the period.
One of Weber’s baskets gave Chickasha a brief 42-41 lead. She also hit two clutch free throws to give her team a 46-43 advantage and helped set up the basket that put Chickasha ahead for good.
Freshman Brittney Grissam’s two points could not have been bigger. Her only basket of the game put the Lady Chicks up 44-43 and gave them the lead for good.
Leighanne Eaton helped the Lady Chicks get the better start in the game by scoring the first five points. She ended up with eight points for her team.
Clinton threatened to go up by double digits multiple times, but Chickasha fought back each time.
Chickasha trailed 30-22 in the second quarter but went to halftime down by five after an Albright 3-pointer. Nine of Albright’s 18 points came in the second quarter.
Clinton went up by eight in the third quarter, but Chickasha answered with a 7-0 run and kept close until its final push against a team that fell to Kingfisher on Friday.
“We were hoping for some tired legs,” Craven said about Clinton playing its second game in as many nights.
Chloee Steelman had seven points for the Lady Chicks, and DeMyra Foster scored three points in the win. Pairess Claphan had two points to round out the scoring for Chickasha.
The Lady Chicks will play at Riverside Indian School on Tuesday before competing in Little Axe’s tournament later in the week. According to Chickasha's Jerry Don Bray, the Lady Chicks will play the second game Tuesday instead of the first.