In their final ride at home, the Lady Buffs refused to back down.
It was an emotion-fueled senior night game where the Lady Buffs fell to Ft. Gibson 50-40 on Friday night in Bob Brumley Gymnasium.
The Lady Tigers won the tip, but the Lady Buffs locked things down with their man-to-man defense. Makenzie Atherton nailed the first field goal of the game with a three-point shot to give McAlester its first lead of the night.
Ft. Gibson answered with a triple of their own, and followed that with a jumper to jump out to a 7-3 lead. The Lady Tigers then got hot from beyond the arc, gathering in 15 points for a 21-8 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Lady Buffs turned up the heat on offense as Stevie Stinchcomb scooped up a steal and scored. The Lady Tigers answered with another three, but McAlester would continue to fight.
Stinchcomb powered her way up for a layup underneath the goal, and repeated the effort the next time down the floor. McAlester would outscore the Lady Tigers to cut the game to a ten-point deficit at the half.
In the second half, the Lady Buffs increased their defensive intensity, but two more triples by the Lady Tigers held them off. Atherton was able to answer with a quick three of her own to light a fire for McAlester to end the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers tried to pull away, but McAlester refused to go down without a fight. The Lady Buffs scored a three-point basket from Brenae Rhone, then a steal by Hope Johnston led to a Stinchcomb fast break score.
However, it would not be enough, despite McAlester’s increased defense. The Lady Tigers were able to outlast the Lady Buff surge to take the win.
Stinchcomb led the way for McAlester with 12 points, followed by Atherton with 11, and Elizabeth Milligan and Rhone with 5 points each.