CROWDER — Round three is on.
Kiowa ran away from Maud, 61-15, at home Saturday night to win the Class A, Area IV District 5 championship. Crowder rolled off a wire-to-wire win, 62-27, on its home floor to win the Class A, Area IV District 8 championship against Asher.
That set the scene for the third time this season the Pitt 8 Conference rivals will meet at the Indianola regional on Thursday.
Both wins this season belong to the Class A-No. 14 Demonettes (24-2), who are now winners of 18 in a row after Saturday’s win. Crowder prevailed, 63-58, at Kiowa Nov. 2, and 46-44 Jan. 26 at the Southeast Expo Center in the Pitt 8 Conference Tournament championship.
“It’s always going to be a battle when we’re out there playing against each other,” Crowder coach Ashley Rush said, saying Kiowa will bring its best.
Saturday’s win was the first time in eight days Crowder took the floor. It last played in a 43-22 win against Savanna Feb. 1 in the final game of the regular season. Rush said the Demonettes were going to work on defensive fundamentals during the layoff, and thought it was something that showed.
"I thought we did a great job of fighting around on the post always being in help, just the little things that we worked on all week,” she said.
The Demonettes won the opening tip off and took a 2-0 lead right out of the gate thanks to a layup by Maggie Sockey around 10 seconds in. That was just the beginning.
It took more than two minutes for Crowder to score again, with Hali Bailey drilling a 3-pointer at approximately the 5:37 mark of the first. The Demonettes added on when Judah Owen made both free throws at the 5:20 mark. It was a 7-0 run Crowder began on before the Lady Indians scored their first bucket from Sarah Fleming.
The Demonettes responded immediately on a bucket by Owen, and that was the beginning of a 6-0 run. When Victoria Frankovich of Asher broke that up to make it 13-4, Crowder answered that with an 11-0 run. It was a 24-4 game with the run being capped off by Sockey making both of her shots at the line with 5:15 to play in the first half, and Crowder held a 24-4 lead at that point.
Crowder was tipping balls, getting steals and ripping the ball out of the hands of the Lady Indians. It was a 39-14 lead at the half. Rush said she showed the Demonettes film from earlier in the year. She said she thought the team was more aggressive earlier in the year in their presses, and later shied away from that as the season went on.
“It was really good for me to see them get back to that same aggression that I know that we can and should have every game,” Rush said.
The Demonettes only added on from there, beginning on a 7-0 run to open the second half, just as they had done in the first half.
Crowder wound up outscoring Asher, 18-7, in the third. The Demonettes went to reserves by the end of the third quarter, as Kaya Burks was the only starter remaining by that point, and she got a bucket in the third quarter. Kylie Smith scored the final points in the third quarter for the Demonettes.
Crowder also trimmed down its foul total in the second half, as it totaled nine in the first half. However, the Demonettes only had two fouls altogether in the latter half. Crowder held onto the ball in the final minute to make the win official.
“It’s not our ultimate goal as far as the season goes, but we understand that it’s a step that we’ve got to accomplish along the way,” Rush said. “So I was very proud of the girls.
“For a lot of them, this was their first playoff basketball experience, and I was very proud of how they responded,” she continued.
The Kiowa vs. Crowder game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Indianola Thursday.
District 3 at Stonewall
Empire 76, Stonewall 41, Championship
Empire 42, Stuart 33
District 5 at Kiowa
Kiowa 61, Maud 15, Championship
Maud 42, Haileyville 35
District 7 at Clayton
Clayton 65, Keota 23, Championship
The Class A-No. 6 Lady Bulldogs (25-1) won their 15th game in a row on Saturday. Four players finished in double digits. Mckinna Nagel scored 18, followed by Cheyenne Tyler with 14. Hannah Garrison scored 12 and right behind her was Sydnee Wood with 11.
Clayton is scheduled to play Whitesboro 6:30 p.m. at Whitesboro Thursday. Clayton previously won on its home floor, 53-36, Nov. 15.
Keota 48, Bowlegs 22
Maud vs. Asher at Indianola, Consolation 1:30 p.m.
Arkoma vs. Keota at Whitesboro, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Crowder vs. Kiowa at Indianola, 6:30 p.m.
Clayton vs. Whitesboro at Whitesboro, 6:30 p.m.
The winner of these two games will advance to scheduled Feb. 21-23 area tournament at Ada.
Maud/Asher vs. Whitesboro/Clayton, Consolation, at Indianola, 1:30 p.m.
Arkoma/Keota vs. Crowder/Kiowa, Consolation, at Indianola, 6:30 p.m.
Regional Consolation Final at Indianola, 1:30 p.m.
The winner of this game will advance to area.
Clayton/Whitesboro vs. Crowder/Kiowa, regional championship at Indianola, 6:30 p.m.
District 8 at New Lima
New Lima 53, Pittsburg 40, Championship
The Lady Panthers (11-14) will now head to the consolation bracket of the regional bracket at Varnum on Thursday.
New Lima 64, Braggs 35
Mason vs. Pittsburg, at Varnum, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Oaks vs. South Coffeyville, at Okmulgee, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Varnum vs. New Lima at Varnum, 6:30 p.m.
McCurtain vs. Copan at Okmulgee, 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburg/Mason vs. McCurtain/Copan, at Okmulgee, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Oaks/South Coffeyville vs. Varnum/New Lima, at Okmulgee, Consolation
Regional Consolation Final, at Okmulgee, 1:30 p.m.
Varnum/New Lima vs. McCurtain/Copan, at Okmulgee, Regional Championship, 6:30 p.m.
The winner of the consolation final, and the two participants in the regional championship will advance to the Feb. 21-23 area tournament in Stillwater.
District 6 at Calvin
Calvin 62, Wapanucka 28, Championship
The Class B-No. 9 Lady Bulldogs (19-7) won district on their home floor.
Wapanucka 42, Tupelo 38
Wapanucka vs. Indiahoma, at Verden, 1:30 p.m.
Temple vs. Sweetwater, at Duke, 1:30 p.m.
Grandfield vs. Duke, at Duke, 6:30 p.m.
Calvin vs. Erick, at Verden, 6:30 p.m.
Temple/Sweetwater vs. Calvin/Erick, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Wapanucka/Indiahoma vs. Grandfield/Duke, Consolation, 6:30 p.m.
Regional Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Calvin/Erick vs. Grandfield/Duke, Championship, 6:30 p.m.
The winner of the regional consolation, as well as the two participants in the regional championship, will advance to area, scheduled Feb. 21-23 at Chickasha.
District 2 at Paden
Paden 58, Moss 31, Championship
The Lady Pirates (6-19) will head to the consolation bracket of the regional tournament on their home floor.
Moss 40, Panola 31
Stringtown vs. Graham-Dustin at Webbers Falls, Consolation. 1:30 p.m.
Moss vs. Moyers at Moss, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Webbers Falls vs. Caney at Webbers Falls, 6:30 p.m.
Paden vs. LeFlore at Moss, 6:30 p.m.
Stringtown/Graham-Dustin vs. Paden/LeFlore, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Webbers Falls/Caney vs. Moss/Moyers, 6:30, Consolation, 6:30 p.m.
Regional Consolation Final, 1:30 p.m.
Webbers Falls/Caney vs. Paden/LeFlore, Championship, 6:30 p.m.
The winner of the consolation final and the two teams in the championship will advance to the area tournament, scheduled for Feb. 21-23 at Wilburton.
District 5 at Red Oak
Red Oak 95, Boswell 23, Championship
The Class B-No. 4 Lady Eagles (19-7) had six players in double digits: Kinzie Wood with 26, Kayleigh Hunter with 15, Stormi Baggs and Shadie Crase with 12 each, and Brooke Baldwin and Ashton Grogan with 10 each.
Boswell 64, Butner 33
District 6 at Kinta
Kinta 68, Buffalo Valley 28, Championship
The Class B-No. 18 Lady Eagles (16-9) defeated the Lady Buffaloes (4-21), as both teams advance to the regional round.
Milburn vs. Boswell at Red Oak, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Buffalo Valley vs. Victory Life Academy, at Panama, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Red Oak vs. Sasakwa, at Red Oak, 6:30 p.m.
Kinta vs. Battiest, at Panama, 6:30 p.m.
Kinta/Battiest vs. Battiest/Milburn, at Panama, Consolation, 1:30 p.m.
Buffalo Valley/Victory Life Academy vs. Red Oak/Sasakwa, at Panama, Consolation, 6:30 p.m.
Regional Consolation Final at Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Red Oak/Sasakwa vs. Kinta/Battiest, Regional Championship at Panama, 6:30 p.m.