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January 24, 2014

Pitt 8 Tournament, Day 4

Hornets, Lady Panthers, Warriors in finals

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McALESTER —

Raleigh again tied the game with a free throw, but she fouled out with 34.2 seconds left, sending Wainscott to the line in the process.

Wainscott knocked down both free throws to put Pittsburg up 58-56. After securing a defensive rebound on the opposite end — a rarity for the Lady Panthers on Thursday — Wainscott knocked down two more for a 4-point lead.

“I just try to concentrate on the rim and picture myself making it before I shoot,” Wainscott said. “Today was one of my best free throw-shooting days I’ve had in a while.”

A shut-down defender who also gave Pittsburg’s defense fits, Raleigh scored 25 points for Savanna. Raleigh and teammate Jordin Wilson, the Lady Bulldogs’ most-veteran players, had to sit throughout the second half with four fouls apiece, stagnating Savanna’s offense and allowing Pittsburg to mount a comeback.

“The fouls were a little ridiculous,” Savanna coach Diane Inman said.

Payton Little scored 16 for the Lady Bulldogs. Savanna plays Stuart in the third-place game Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Warriors 60, Cowboys 59:

Upsetting a higher seed in the Pitt 8 Tournament, like the Haileyville Warriors did Tuesday, is pretty cool.

But beating a top-15 team in Class A, like the Warriors did to the Kiowa Cowboys on Thursday? That’s a whole other story.

Powered by 22 points from Bryer Stites — including the eventual game-winning free throw — the Warriors shocked the Cowboys 60-59 in Thursday’s semifinal of the Pitt 8 Tournament.

Haileyville plays Stuart in the championship Saturday at 8 p.m.

“As far as I’m concerned, this is the biggest win in Haileyville history,” Haileyville coach Jody Hull said.

The Warriors hung with the Cowboys the entire game, changing leads throughout and never allowing the Cowboys more than a couple of baskets in a row. Clay Doyle’s 3-pointer for Kiowa tied the game 49-49 to start the fourth quarter, but Haileyville went back up 2 on a pass from Jason Mayo to Stites.

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