The Lady Lions are one win away from the State 2A Basketball Tournament. They earned a crucial win Saturday evening beating the Hooker Bulldogs, and will face top-ranked Dale this Friday night in the Area Finals.
The Lions are still alive, although they lost against Hooker. They boys have three more games to earn the bid to the Big House.
Lady Lions 57 (W) – Hooker Bulldogs 45
Luther Lions 62 – Hooker Bulldogs 77 (W)
The Lions will play Wellston first Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Enid Event Center. If they win, they’ll play the winner of the match-up between Pioneer-Pleasant Vale and Preston Friday, then the loser of Hooker and Dale Saturday. They have to win every game to make it to state.
Coach Matt Jones said they’re going to focus on just how to do that this week.
“We’ve got to do a better job of adjusting,” he said. “We can’t put people on the free throw line like we did last night.” The Lions fouled 31 times against the Bulldogs.
The Lady Lions play Dale Friday at 6:30 p.m. Dale is ranked number one. If the girls win, they’re automatically in the state tournament.
LADY LIONS GAME
Back to the regionals championships. The Lady Lions and Lady Bulldogs traded the lead the first three quarters. The fourth quarter started tied at 36, but the Luther girls’ 21 points to Hooker’s 11 sealed the championship for Luther.
Scorers for the Lady Lions were: Raychel Stanfield 20, Coates 16, Caitlin Bailey 15, Shantae Silva three and Bailie Wilds three.
The Lions stepped on the court with the team ranked number one. The Hooker Bulldogs only had one loss on the season. The game before the Lions Bulldogs matchup featured an upset with #17 ranked Northeast Academy upsetting #2 Vanoss. But another upset was not to be.
The Lions stayed right on the Bulldogs’ heels for the first three quarters, never going down more then eight points. In the third quarter the Lions stayed two points away from the lead, but in the third quarter, Senior and a lead scorer Syrus Grisby fouled out, and headed to the bench with Gerald McCauley who fouled out at the end of the third quarter. Luther only scored 13 and Hooker scored 24 to get the win.
Scorers for the Lions: Tyler Becker 24, Grisby 19, Jake Lombard six, Cole Mills four, Nick Hines three, Fredrik Greenhoward three, Luke Mohr two and McCauley one.