McALESTER — The Lady Buffs are still in the playoffs, and they have every right to be proud of that, especially considering they beat a ranked Bishop Kelley team in the regional semifinals to stay in the postseason. But that was last week, and last week ended with a blowout loss to Collinsville in the regional championship.
When the Lady Buffs face the Del City Lady Eagles in tonight’s area consolation semifinal at Will Rogers in Tulsa, they’ll face a team built much more like the Lady Cardinals who dominated the Lady Buffs on Saturday.
“They have a bunch of guards,” Lady Buffs coach April Burns said of Del City.”It looks like they don’t really do a lot offensively as far as with their back to the basket. They like to penetrate and dish, or penetrate, get fouled and get to the free throw line. That’s what I see — I see a lot of ‘read and react’ offense, and they’re really trying to penetrate the lane.”
The Lady Eagles enter the area tournament with a 9-16 record and the No. 15 ranking in Class 5A. Of Del City’s 25 total games, 18 were against class 6A schools.
Against Class 5A schools, Del City went 2-2 this season. It beat Tahlequah 58-56 in the regional semifinals, then lost 55-51 to Deer Creek in the regional championship.
“They have a lot of quickness,” Burns said. “Del City is athletic and fast. They can jump high, so we’re going to have to try to keep up with them.”
Burns said the Lady Eagles’ strength lies in its guards, and even their forwards can knock down shots from outside the paint. To try to counter that, Burns said the Lady Buffs will rely on a 2-3 zone defense with Baylee Dawkins at the top.
“We’re going to still try to look to pack it in the zone,” Burns said.