Lizzie Crenshaw went 1-for-2 at the free throw line for Crowder’s third point, but Skye Kilburn scored on the opposite end to make it 21-3 Savanna heading into the second quarter. The Demonettes wouldn’t score again until Crenshaw sank a free throw with 3:19 left in the second, and Savanna added 7 points to its lead in the second and went into halftime up 34-9.
The Lady Bulldogs then held the Demonettes scoreless in the third quarter.
“I just didn’t have my team ready to play, and we didn’t play well, so it’s all on me,” Crowder coach Charles Durrence said. “We knew what they were going to do, and we just didn’t execute like we were supposed to.”
Crenshaw led the Demonettes with 9 points. Smith scored 8 for the Lady Bulldogs, eight of who scored at least 2.
With the win, Savanna advanced to Thursday’s semifinal against Pittsburg at 7:20 p.m. Crowder plays Haileyville in Friday’s consolation semifinal at 4:30 p.m.
Cowboys 66, Panthers 34:
The Kiowa Cowboys had too much speed, too many shooters, too good of a defense and too much cohesion for the Pittsburg Panthers to ever have a chance.
Eleven different Cowboys scored at least 2 points, and Kiowa overwhelmed Pittsburg 66-34 in the first round of the Pitt 8 Tournament.
“We played them the second week of November, and they’re so much better than they were,” Pittsburg coach Wes Wood said of Kiowa.
“We have big guys, but they don’t run the floor well. Theirs do, and that makes a big difference.”
Every time Kiowa forced a turnover or grabbed a defensive rebound, a different Cowboy took off down the court, helping the Cowboys execute a high-speed transition game that rarely required them to beat more than a single Pittsburg defender. A steal led to a fastbreak layup from Tristian McMath to start the game, then McMath stole a pass and took it coast-to-coast for a layup and a 4-0 Kiowa lead early in the first.