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February 16, 2013

Chisholm cagers split district finals

ENID, Okla. — Chisholm’s double-digit lead shrunk to two points in the second half of the Lady Longhorns’ district 1 match against Oklahoma Centennial, until sophomore Megan Galusha scored 10 of her game-high 25 in the third to silence the rally. Faith Mirelez added 13 and the Lady Longhorns took the District 1 title 58-47 Saturday at Chisholm’s Paul J. Outhier Field House.

“(Galusha’s) been playing a long time,” said Chisholm coach Terry Middleton. “She came in as a freshman and started for us … Most freshmen don’t get that kind of experience, so she’s playing like she’s a junior. She’s playing like she’s been around (the playoffs) before.”

Chisholm (13-11) held Oklahoma Centennial to 12 first-half points — six apiece in the first and second quarters — as the Lady Bison were just 6-of-29 shooting from the floor and surrendered 12 turnovers before intermission.

Asheley Middleton hit a three to give Chisholm its first double-digit lead, a 21-10 advantage that Kammi Gruber pushed to 25-10 with a three-point play and another free throw on consecutive trips to complete a 16-4 run.

The Lady Longhorns led, 27-12 at halftime, but Centennial opened the third quarter on a 15-2 run, hitting seven of 11 shots to open the frame as Chisholm missed seven of eight and lost four turnovers in the same span.

Centennial pulled to within 29-27, prompting a timeout that was followed by Galusha’s run, a 10-point barrage that was extended to a 12-0 run on a Mirelez layup assisted by Galusha to give Chisholm a 41-27 lead.

“(Middleton) seemed a lot more calm than usual,” Mirelez said. “He was trying to keep us at a steady pace, and it worked.”

“He told me to attack and draw fouls,” said Galusha, who also had a game-high seven steals. “That’s what I did.”

Chisholm’s lead was at least nine until a three from Centennial’s Travia Bond pulled the Lady Bison to within seven at 54-47 with 40 seconds remaining.

 Chisholm closed the game on a 4-0 run to clinch the district throne and set up a regional winners bracket tilt with undefeated No. 2 Perkins-Tryon (23-0), which steamrolled Perry 44-18 Friday in Perry.

“They’re well-coached, and they’ve got big, tall girls,” Middleton said.

“They’ve just got good talent, but they’re a team that we fit well with.”

Bond paced Centennial (14-10) with 15, and Lafhonda Watson added 14 for the Lady Bison, who will play Perry Thursday at Perkins-Tryon.

Nicole Middleton scored eight points and added a game-best four blocks, and Gruber also added eight for the Lady Longhorns, who play at Perkins-Tryon 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

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