Dawkins stole the Comets’ next possession and got one free throw out of the fastbreak, then sank three more in the final 11 seconds of the game to keep the Lady Buffs ahead until the buzzer sounded. Burns said the Lady Buffs avoided the four-minute stretches of bad play that have plagued them throughout the season.
“We’ve been talking about that for the past two weeks, about not having that little lull, and they did a really good job,” Burns said. “They played hard for four solid quarters, and they really wanted this win.”
Comets forward Leah Colon led her team with 12 points. Using their taller, at-times stronger forwards the Comets built a 16-9 lead in the first quarter and also quickly drew six fouls against the Lady Buffs.
But the Comets never drew that seventh foul that would’ve put them in the bonus and given them free throws. McAlester outscored Bishop Kelley 13-9 in the second and making a second-half comeback by the Lady Buffs much more manageable.
The Lady Buffs improved to 8-15 with the win. Bishop Kelley finished its season 6-17.
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