WILBURTON — Haileyville is two wins away from a tournament championship.
The No. 3 seed Lady Warriors (3-2) gave up the opening bucket to Wright City’s junior varsity team, the No. 6 seed, in the quarterfinals of the Bravado Wireless Invitational at Eastern Oklahoma State College Monday, but early perimeter shooting to the tune of four 3-pointers in the first half helped propel them to a 49-13 victory.
“I think (Wright City head) coach (Misty) Haley’s group worked hard tonight, and we’re just glad to get out of here with a win and advance onto the semifinals,” Haileyville head coach Joe Hays said.
The first score of the game came from freshman Azaria Scott of the Lady Lumberjax in just under the first two minutes, and Scott finished with a team-high eight points. Junior Brylee Champion responded to Scott’s bucket with a 3-pointer to put Haileyville ahead for good, as the Lady Warriors proceeded to go on a 16-0 run. The last points of the run for Haileyville came on a jump shot from freshman Jennifer Garcia seconds before the buzzer to make it a 16-2 lead after one.
Haileyville did not allow another point until the 6:01 mark of the second quarter when Champion fouled for the third time in the half. Freshman Jaylee Coffee of the Lady Lumberjax connected on her second of two free throws to get Wright City’s JV team back on the board. Champion sat, but it did not impact the Lady Warriors, who had built up a 29-5 halftime lead.
“Brylee’s a big part of our team, and it can’t affect us when she picks up fouls like that, but we’ve worked to try have other girls ready to step up and do their part,” Hays said. “I think some of the girls were able to do that and help us out tonight.”
He praised the offensive efforts of junior Mariah Holloway, who scored a game-high 13, and connected for three of Haileyville’s four 3-pointers, with the other coming from Champion. He also liked what he saw from juniors Rhyanne Soliday and Brooke Cauthron.
Holloway and Soliday scored most prominently in the second quarter, with seven and six points in that quarter, respectively. Soliday did all of her scoring in that second quarter. They were also the only two Lady Warriors to score for them in the quarter.
Hays noted what he thought was the most important thing on the offensive side of the ball for the Lady Warriors.
“I think the key was the ball movement and being able to penetrate and kick out,” he said.
Sophomore Alexis Drake of Haileyville made contact with freshman Joclynn Young of Wright City on a foul with exactly four seconds to play in the first half. Young was down on the ground, and had to be helped to the Wright City bench. Haley said after the game that Young had twisted her ankle.
Freshman Alex Fuller came off the bench to shoot at the line in her place, but could not capitalize, and the half ended on a 29-5 score in favor of the Lady Warriors.
Haileyville started out the second half with a steal to a score from freshman Natalia Silva, who drew an and-one and made her free throw with 15 seconds in for a 32-5 game. Silva wound up scoring 11 points off the bench, which was second to Holloway. The Lady Warriors played their bench in the second half, and a running clock was used towards the end of the game.
Wright City’s JV team will head to the Consolation Championship, and is scheduled to face Braggs Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Lady Warriors will try to advance to Friday’s championship, as they are scheduled to take on the No. 2 seed McCurtain, who earned a bye into the semifinals. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m.
“We’re going to have to play hard and hopefully we come out on the good end of that,” Hays said.
Bravado Wireless Invitational at Eastern Oklahoma State College
No. 1 seed Battiest, Bye
No. 2 seed McCurtain, Bye
No. 5 seed Wister 49, No. 4 seed Braggs 19
No. 3 seed Haileyville 49, No. 6 seed Wright City JV 13
Haileyville vs. McCurtain, 4 p.m.
Battiest vs. Wister, 7 p.m.
Braggs vs. Wright City JV, 4 p.m., Consolation Final
Loser of Haileyville/McCurtain vs. Loser of Battiest/Wister, 7 p.m., Third Place
Haileyville/McCurtain vs. Battiest/Wister, 6:30 p.m., Championship
Hartshorne Pick and Shovel Classic
Mounds 58, Oktaha 51
Wilburton 54, Hartshorne JV 22
Hartshorne vs. Wilburton JV, 4:30 p.m.
Tushka vs. Clayton, 7:10 p.m.
Mounds vs. Wilburton, 4:30 p.m.
Hartshorne/Wilburton JV vs. Tushka/Clayton, 7:10 p.m.
Hartshorne/Wilburton JV vs. Tushka/Clayton, 4:30 p.m., Consolation
Oktaha vs. Hartshorne JV, 7:10 p.m., Consolation
Consolation Final, 1 p.m.
Third Place, 3:40 p.m.
Championship, 6:20 p.m.