By Evan Grice
In the first two rounds of the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament, the No. 6 Lady Wildcats won in two completely different ways.
First, they claimed a blowout victory over McLoud, before surviving an overtime thriller against Heritage Hall in the semifinals at Kingfisher High School.
Piedmont 57 McLoud 27
2-0 was about as good as it got for the Lady Redskins in the first round against Piedmont.
From that moment on, it was all about the Lady Wildcats as they claimed a convincing 30-point victory in their opening game of the tournament, fueled by a double-double performance from senior Alex Hall.
“This performance felt really good for all of us,” Hall said. “Coming off the Shawnee game, we knew we had to turn in a solid performance today. If you have a team that has more than one scorer, then it’s hard to stop them. Being a senior and a captain, it felt great to finally be able to step up my game and show my team what I can do out there.”
Piedmont took a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, before kicking it up a notch in the second quarter, leading by as many as 13 points in the first half.
At the end of the third quarter, the Lady Wildcats were in firm control at 46-19 over the Lady Redskins.
“Tonight was a team effort,” Piedmont coach Jamie Hill said. “We knew our advantage over McLoud was our speed and we tried to use that as much as possible. A lesson we learned in this game was adjusting and overcoming the foul trouble we were in. When we got in the foul trouble though, our bench girls stepped up and kept us going out there.”
Bre Reid scored 11 points in the contest for Piedmont, with Kayden Carver and Hayden Priddy both adding nine points in the contest.
Keli Patterson scored five points, with Sydney Morrison adding two points.
Piedmont 58 Heritage Hall 50 F/OT
It was the type of game many felt the Lady Wildcats weren’t capable of winning in this tournament, a tough grind out game against a stingy opponent.
To make matters worse, the game went into overtime.
Eventually though, the Lady Wildcats survived the Lady Chargers onslaught with a 19-9 run in the overtime period to claim an eight point victory and book their place in the finals.
Two three point baskets by Hayden Priddy helped provide the spark the Lady Wildcats needed in the extra session.
“My team did a great job of helping me get open during overtime,” Priddy said. “I knew Heritage Hall was going to go all out and I knew we needed to do the same out there. After the second one went in, then I knew we were in control of the game. It was a great feeling for all of us.”
Piedmont held a slim 15-14 advantage at the end of the first quarter, before seeing the game tied at 24-24 going into the halftime break.
PHS once again found themselves ahead by one at the end of the third quarter at 37-36, before the game ended in the fourth tied at 41-41.
Hayden Priddy finished the game with 19 points followed by Alex Hall with 12 points. Bre Reid and Keli Patterson both scored nine, while Kayden Carver added six points.