McALESTER — Cowgirls 70, Lady Panthers 48:
Short of throwing a cargo net over her, there just might not be a way to stop Kiowa guard Addy Clift.
Clift scored 36 points, helping the Cowgirls beat the Pittsburg Lady Panthers 70-48 in Saturday’s Pitt 8 Tournament championship at the Southeast Expo Center in McAlester.
Kiowa last won the Pitt 8 Tournament in 2012.
A 3-point game at halftime, the Cowgirls began to pull away in the third quarter. Rylee Smith found Miranda Stiles for a 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half, and after Chandler Billingsley knocked down two free throws for Pittsburg, Stiles found Clift for a 3-pointer and a 34-27 Cowgirls lead.
“We just came out a little bit tight, offensively,” Kiowa coach Wade Daniel said. “For some reason, we were tight, and they just loosened up a little bit. I said (at halftime), ‘We’ve got to make some changes or we’re going to get beat,’ and they responded.”
Pittsburg couldn’t score on its next two possessions, then Clift grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. Dominating the rebounding game, the Cowgirls often got off two or three shots for every one taken by Pittsburg.
“I think 7 of their first 10 points or so were second-chance points, and you can’t do that against good teams,” Pittsburg coach Wes Wood said.
Pittsburg forward Mikal Wainscott’s free throw made it a 9-point game, then Kiowa lost its next possession to a traveling violation. But on the opposite end Kiowa guard Tara Mabray pinned Billingsley, forcing a five-second penalty and returning the ball to the Cowgirls.
Kiowa scored following the five-second call, with Rylee Smith grabbing the offensive board and laying it in. After Wainscott did the same thing on the opposite end, Clift found Smith for a layup and a 42-30 lead.