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January 23, 2014

Pitt 8 Tournament, Day 3

Cowgirls win, Indianola eliminated

(Continued)

McALESTER —

The Warriors outscored the Bulldogs’ all-reserves team by 1 in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors did get 3-pointers from four different players during the game. But for every one basket Indianola would score, Savanna would respond with two or three in a row, making it impossible for Indianola to ever really challenge the lead.

Clifford Conallis led Indianola with 16 points.

“Rebounding really hurt us, letting them have a second, third chance on the inside,” Indianola coach A.J. Mason said.

“They (Savanna) were definitely the aggressor. We kind of laid back, and we’ve been that way all year.”

With the win, Savanna advanced to Saturday’s consolation final at 3:30 p.m. Indianola exited the tournament after an 0-2 performance.

Cowgirls 52, Lady Hornets 43:

Forced to sit on the bench with two fouls through much of the first quarter, Kiowa guard Addy Clift watched her team fall behind by 14.

Back in the game in the second quarter, Clift took the Cowgirls to Pitt 8 Tournament championship.

Clift scored 32 points, leading the Cowgirls past the Stuart Lady Hornets in a thrilling Pitt 8 semifinal, 52-43.

“I could only get past their second wave when I got really good screen sets,” Clift said.

“It was a game well-fought, and we won, so that’s the main thing. We all worked together really well.”

Kiowa chopped 6 points off its deficit in the second quarter, then continued its comeback in the third. Rylee Smith found Tori Gillispie in the post for a layup, then after a Stuart miss, Madi Slawson knocked down her only basket of the game — a 3-pointer that cut Stuart’s lead to 31-28.

Stuart missed again, but Slawson found Smith in the paint for a layup. Forward Kayla Smith sank two free throws to make it 33-30 Stuart, but Tara Mabray connected with Clift on a deep pass late in the third to make it a 33-32 game heading into the final quarter.

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