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January 23, 2014

Pitt 8 Tournament, Day 3

Cowgirls win, Indianola eliminated

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McALESTER —

“We had to see where they were at on the court, and if they were overplaying, you back-door them,” Ketchum said.

“We were being patient with the ball, playing as a team and working together.”

Greco’s steal turned into a layup by Fairchilds to make it 29-25, but Katelyn Oxford knocked one down for Indianola soon after. Canadian later extended its lead to 34-27 when, following an Indianola turnover, Ketchum ran a give-and-go with Fairchilds that Ketchum finished with a layup.

“In the first half, she wasn’t even looking to score,” Lokey said of Fairchilds.

“She stepped up and had a much better second half.”

As Canadian mounted its comeback and eventually took the lead, everything that’s led to Indianola’s winless season began to creep into the game. The Warriorettes couldn’t handle the ball, threw away passes into the open court instead of finding open teammates, took rushed and off-balanced shots and committed too many fouls.

Clark led the Warriorettes with 13 points, but Indianola scored just 11 points in the second half to Canadian’s 28.

“Once we find teams we can compete with, we play fairly hard for two quarters, two and a half quarters,” Indianola coach Jim Mize said. “We just don’t know how to finish the job.”

With the win, Canadian advanced to Saturday’s consolation semifinal at 2 p.m. Indianola exited the Pitt 8 after an 0-2 performance.

Bulldogs 61, Warriors 39:

With Savanna center Tanner Brown owning the paint, the Bulldogs’ defense forced Indianola to rely on its outside shooting.

The Warriors couldn’t knock down nearly enough 3-pointers to hang with Brown and Savanna guard Kris Perry.

Perry and Brown combined for 41 points, leading Savanna to a 61-39 win against Indianola in the Pitt 8 consolation semifinals.

“That’s probably the best he’s played in there,” Savanna coach Brian Brown said of Tanner. “We’ve been working pretty hard in there, getting the ball in and finishing. He’s had trouble finishing, and he finished tonight a whole lot better.”

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