McALESTER — Four free throws.
That’s all the scoring the Frink-Chambers Lady Falcons allowed in the first half.
Switching between fullcourt and halfcourt offense, the Lady Falcons completely shut down the Brushy Lady Mountaineers, leading to a dominating 49-16 win in Saturday’s first-round game of the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools area tournament at Frink’s Doy Adams Gymnasium in McAlester.
Frink-Chambers plays Woodall in the area championship tonight at 7 p.m., also at Frink.
“We do everything off defense,” Frink-Chambers coach Kris Mitchell said.
“If we can cause enough havoc, cause the turnovers, get the steals and go score, then we don’t have to set up any offense.”
Carlee Eaton scored off the opening tip for Frink-Chambers, and the Lady Falcons immediately went into their 1-3-1 press. Swarming Brushy’s ball-handlers in the backcourt, the Lady Falcons produced turnovers on Brushy’s first four possessions of the game.
Taryn Howard came away with Frink’s first steal of the game, then took a pass from Carly Cox and knocked down a 3-pointer. Sydney Shelton got Frink’s next steal, then Tyrah Erving scored off an offensive rebound.
Howard came up with Frink’s third steal, eventually getting it to Eaton for a 9-0 lead.
The Lady Mountaineers’ very frustrated guards finally moved the ball across the halfcourt line on their fifth possession, but they couldn’t score despite grabbing an offensive rebound. Shelton grabbed the defensive board after Brushy’s second miss, took it coast-to-coast and scored.
Howard later knocked down another 3-pointer, then the Lady Falcons resumed their defensive onslaught. Eaton came away with a steal, Shelton drew a foul off the fastbreak and sank both free throws for a 16-0 lead.
“We see what they do, and we react,” Mitchell said.
“We noticed that they couldn’t really get up and down the floor, and their ball-handling wasn’t as good as some of the teams that we’ve faced.”