NEWCASTLE — A day after taking down 4A No. 6 Chickasha in double overtime at the Newcastle Invitational, it seemed likely Piedmont would, at the very least, compete with 4A No. 5 Ada.
But the Cougars (13-1) were quicker to every loose ball, made more shots and waltzed to a 66-42 win and the RV General Store Newcastle Invitational finals behind 22 points each from Ben Pruitt and Montie Carpitcher.
“We’re still Dr. Jeykl and Mr. Hyde a little bit,” head coach Troy Lallemand said. “It was two things: competing and toughness. We had that yesterday…it’s hard for high school kids to have that night in and night out, but unfortunately that’s what we have to have to be successful.”
Lallemand said fatigue was not a factor after his team played 40 minutes a day earlier to win against Chickasha.
“I thought they took it to us because we bailed out of some charges,” he said. “We were right where we needed to be defensively and we just got out of the way.”
The Cougars led by 10 after a quarter and by nine at half. Their lead was 16 by the end of the third quarter. Piedmont briefly cut the deficit to 11 with 4:07 to play, but Ada stretched the lead back to 15 by the 3:42 mark.
The Wildcats offense never found a rhythm against a primarily 2-3 zone for the Cougars. Piedmont’s normally reliable 3-point shooting was nowhere to be found Friday. The ‘Cats made only two shots from beyond the arc.
“I thought we just kind of settled and were soft,” Lallemand, who was whistled for a technical foul in the second half, said of his team’s offense. “As well as we shoot from outside, we could never find a rhythm.”
Adokiye Iyaye scored 16 points to lead Piedmont, but no other Wildcat reached double figures. Against Chickasha, three Piedmont players scored in doubles figures, and a fourth played added nine points.
Piedmont will play Blanchard for third place Saturday at 5:30 p.m.