McKay Barton led the Lady Hornets with 18 points, but 16 came in the first half. Kiowa went with a four-guard set throughout the game, allowing the Cowgirls to hang with Stuart’s speedy guards but forcing Rylee Smith or Gillispie to handle rebounding duties solo.
“That’s good for us,” Daniel said. “We need a little adversity. We need to play through a little conflict. They recovered, so I was proud of them for that.”
Daniel added, “It’s always fun to be in the finals of the conference tournament.”
Winning easily the most exciting girls’ game so far in the Pitt 8 Tournament, the Cowgirls advanced to Saturday’s championship at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Hornets will play in Friday’s third-place game at 7:10 p.m.
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