“It’s hard to get your feet up under you.”
Audri Gleason put back an offensive rebound for Haileyville’s first basket of the second quarter, then Manning went coast-to-coast for a layup that cut the lead to 18-9. With Tori Cole not scoring until the second half, Manning kept Haileyville’s offense going early.
Gleason, Manning and Cole all scored 8 for the Lady Warriors. Cross scored 9 for Pittsburg, Carney scored 8 and Haynes scored 7.
“I told the girls, ‘We probably can’t beat this team, but I want to be competitive, have it close,’” Haileyville coach Jody Hull said. “If we’d made our shots, we’d have been a lot closer. Have a chance to win our next to games is what our goal is.”
With the win, Pittsburg advanced to Thursday’s semifinal against Savanna at 7:20 p.m. Haileyville plays Crowder in Friday’s consolation semifinal at 4:30 p.m.
Warriors 60, Cougars 57:
The Haileyville Warriors found a way to, if not stop, then at least contain Canadian shooting phenom Chase Shearwood.
The Cougars never found a way to contain Haileyville center Bryer Stites.
An unstoppable force in the paint, Stites scored 27 points to help the sixth-seeded Warriors upset the third-seeded Cougars 60-57 in the first round of the Pitt 8 Tournament.
“Bryer stepped up in a big way and played the way we expect him to play every night to give us a chance to beat good people,” Haileyville coach Jody Hull said. “This is a good victory for Haileyville.”
In easily the most exciting game of the first round, the Warriors and Cougars played each other even until late into the third quarter. Ryan Leal’s floater put Canadian up 37-35 in the third, but Billy Morgan took an inbounds pass from Jordan Smith, laid it in, drew a foul and sank the free throw to put Canadian up 38-37.