By Evan Grice
For the No. 7 Piedmont Lady Wildcats, it was never a question of if they were going to make the state tournament, but simply when the state dream was going to be realized.
After seeing their 12-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Lady Titans from Carl Albert Thursday night at Deer Creek, the Lady Wildcats took out some of their aggression on Lawton MacArthur.
A 15-0 run in the first quarter set the tone early on for the Lady Wildcats, as they survived a late rally from the Lady Highlanders to claim a 68-56 victory in the Area Consolation Championship at Edmond North High School Saturday afternoon.
Piedmont’s reward for advancing to the state tournament is a rematch with defending champion Deer Creek Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. from Sapulpa High School.
PHS and the Lady Antlers have already met once this season, with the Lady Wildcats getting the better of Deer Creek on the opening night of the season.
“Getting the win over Lawton MacArthur was amazing for all of us,” senior Alex Hall said. “We knew what was at stake and that we didn’t want our season to end just yet. Everyone came out ready to play and we told ourselves we weren’t leaving without a win and that’s what we did.”
“We want to prove we can beat Deer Creek twice in one season,” Hall added. “A lot of people don’t think we can do it, but we’re ready to show what we have at state.”
Area Consolation Finals
Piedmont 68 Lawton MacArthur 56
Lawton MacArthur tried to make life difficult for the Lady Wildcats in the second half, as they went to a full-court man-to-man defense which forced 12 turnovers in the second half.
MHS got to within seven points at 53-46, but Piedmont wouldn’t let it get any closer on the day.
Piedmont (18-5) helped its cause by making clutch free throws down the stretch of the game, going 13-for-16 in the final minutes of the contest.
Bre Reid led the offense with 22 points in the game for the Lady Wildcats, with Alex Hall adding 14 points in the contest for Piedmont.
“Lawton MacArthur is a very athletic team and have a lot of heart,” Reid said. “But, this is the playoffs and we wanted this game more than they did. We played as a team and did some of our best work together. I know though we can do much better at state.”
Hayden Priddy scored 12 points in the game as well.
MacArthur was led by Paj Jackson who led all scorers with 25 points in the contest.
Carl Albert 39 Piedmont 20
In their first meeting of the season, the Lady Wildcats and Lady Titans from Carl Albert put together an instant classic which saw a lot of scoring.
The rematch was the exact opposite at Deer Creek Thursday night.
Cold shooting for Piedmont combined with a 4-for-4 start from behind the arc for Carl Albert’s Jazmine Anglin proved to be a recipe for disaster as the Lady Wildcats fell to the Lady Titans.
“Defensively we needed to block out on them,” Piedmont coach Jamie Hill said. “We just didn’t execute offensively like we needed to. We’ll have to prepare better for them if there is a next time against Carl Albert.”
Carl Albert held a 14-9 lead after the first quarter, which snowballed into a 22-11 advantage going into the halftime break.
Sydney Morrison and Hayden Priddy led the offense with four points on the night for the Lady Wildcats.