EARLSBORO – The Lady Wildcats of Earlsboro got out to an early lead and despite Macomb's best efforts held on to win the first game of districts at Earlsboro 51-35 Friday night.
“We kept battling. That's all I can ask,” Macomb coach Jimmy Hancock said.
Earlsboro took control early and extended their lead through the first half.
With a 5-4 Lady Wildcats lead, Casey Clark hit a triple and Brianna Nadeau put in a bucket to stretch ahead 10-4 with 1:19 left in the first.
Earlsboro closed out the first with four unanswered and pushed a 10-0 run into the second, capped on a putback by Nadaeu. Ashton Powell had back-to-back baskets to provide a small spark for Macomb and the Lady Wildcats went to the lockers up 22-12.
The Lady Wildcats kept moving ahead and went up by 20 on a triple from Anesah Lindsey with 2:53 left in the thrid to make it a 34-14 game.
Macomb's Mariah Carolina drained a 3-pointer to spark the Lady Hornets for 11 unanswered and go into the fourth trailing 25-34. Macomb took advantage of some mistakes by the Lady Wildcats to provide a challenge in the second half. Earlsboro coach Mike Harris said that his girls were lucky to get the win with the turnovers they allowed.
“I think we got away with one. We didn't play very well down the stretch,” he said.
Kelsey Dillon got a steal and a bucket for Macomb to start the fourth but Danee Hancock fouled out a short time later to leave Macomb, a 6-man team with one injured player, forced to play with four the rest of the way. Earlsboro went inside to Nadeau with nobody to match up with her and stretched out their lead to a comfortable distance.
“We decided to pound the ball into her no matter what the cost," Harris said.
Nadeau led all scorers with 24 points. Lindsey had 12 on four 3-pointers, Abbey McCarroll had nine and Clark hit two treys for six points.
Powell led Macomb with 13, Carolina had 12 and Dillon contributed eight.
Hancock was happy with how his girls played in the season and game.
“We've had our ups and down... but I think with five girls we left it all out there on the court,” he said.
The Lady Hornets finish their season with a record of 5-19. Earlsboro moves to 11-15 on the season with the win and will face off with Asher Saturday at 6:30 at Earlsboro for the district title.
Asher received a bye in the first round and holds onto a 12-12 record. This will be the fourth time this season the two teams will meet. Asher won the first two but Earlsboro won in their last matchup, 41-31 at the Tri-County Tournament.
“They're a very good ball club. We're going to have to play at the top of our game," Harris said.