By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Seiling senior Makayla Tate and junior Kaci Livingston tied for game-high honors with 20 points apiece, and the No.11 Lady Cats earned a berth in in today’s Class A Area I consolation championship by beating Texhoma 58-44 Saturday in a losers’ bracket semifinal at Chisholm Trail Expo Center Coliseum.
The Lady Wildcats will play Okarche, who lost to Cheyenne-Reydon 41-40 on a buzzer beater in the winners bracket finals, at 2 p.m. today for a state tournament berth. The game was moved up from Monday because of impending bad weather.
All five Seiling starters scored on consecutive trips to open a 24-10 second-quarter lead, but Texhoma responded with a 10-2 run, pulling to within 30-27 at half.
Livingston, who scored 15 of her 20 points in the third and fourth quarters, tallied four straight for Seiling to open the third, and with each Texhoma answer, the Lady Cats one-upped the Lady Red Devils.
Braelyn Beatie hit a layup that Tate answered with a three. Texhoma’s Taysi Peterson hit another layup that was answered by another three for Seiling by Kelsi Pethoud. Texhoma scored four straight, but Livingston converted a three-point play, and a Tate steal led to an easy basket from Kylie Templin to push the lead back up to 45-35, and Texhoma wouldn’t challenge it again.
“We’ve always been pretty good at keeping our composure and having an answer,” said Tate, who scored 23 against Waukomis on Friday. “Eventually the other team’s going to get some momentum during a game. That’s just how it’s played, but we stick together as a team all the time, and everybody hits the shots they’re supposed to hit.”
“It seemed like we answered every time,” said Seiling coach Brady Hamar. “We hit a lot of big shots.”
Abbie Ferguson scored 11 to lead Texhoma, which finished its season at 17-10.
Morgan Marks scored nine for Seiling.
LAVERNE 61, TEXHOMA 49 (B)
When Laverne had Beaver down double-digits a day earlier, the Tigers nearly gave up a season-ending rally to the Dusters, and with another team on the ropes on Saturday, coach Drew Miller reminded his team not to let up.
Apparently their lesson was learned.
Class A No. 8 Laverne led by as many as 18 and stifled a Texhoma rally in the fourth quarter to advance to within a game of a state tournament berth with a 61-49 win Saturday in the Class A Area I consolation championship at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center.
The Tigers will play Okarche, a 45-38 loser to defending state champion Cheyenne in the winners bracket finals, at 4 p.m. today in the losers bracket finals and a state touranment berth.
“We found ourselves in the same situation early in the first quarter,” said Miller, whose team beat Beaver 44-41 on Friday despite blowing a 20-point lead. “There was a time out, and we were up eight or nine, and I just reminded them about (Friday against Beaver) and about not putting it on cruise control.”
Seth Overstreet scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers rode a fast start to an early double-digit lead, 15-4, after an easy transition layup by Trevor Harris. Laverne shot 62 percent from the field in the first and 60 percent from behind the arc in the opening frame and continued to gain on the Red Devils in the second as Texhoma missed four of its first five as Laverne went on an 8-2 run to go up 27-13.
Texhoma scored eight early points in the third, but couldn’t take advantage of eight Laverne turnovers in the quarter as the Red Devils went scoreless for the final five minutes of the third,
Texhoma’s cold streak continued until Bryson Beatty hit a three 90 seconds into the fourth. Laverne hit 14 of 17 free throws in the final frame to keep the Red Devils at bay.
“Throughout the season, we’ve not been a very good free throw shooting team, but we stepped up to the line and focused today, and they got it done,” Miller said.
Collbran Larsenª scored 17 to lead the Red Devils, who finish their season at 18-10. Trevor Harris scored a game-high 22 and Tucker Rolf added 10 and two steals for the Tigers (22-6), who play the loser of Saturday’s top-bracket nightcap between No. 4 Cheyenne and No. 9 Okarche at 8 tonight for a berth in the Class A State Tournament.