The Kiowa Cowgirls used nine 3-pointers in the first half and a 28-point performance from junior guard Katy Clift to advance past Arnett in the opening round of the Class B State Basketball Tournament Thursday at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

“We played great in the first half,” head coach Wade Daniel said. “We did kind of run out of gas in the second half though.”

Running out of gas in the game’s second half was not a problem for the Cowgirls as they coasted to the finish winning 72-64 to post the largest margin of victory in any first-round game of the girls’ bracket.

Kiowa went on top 24-15 in the first quarter and led 46-32 at halftime. Arnett came out gunning for the Cowgirls in the third quarter and won the quarter by nine to cut the score to 58-53 with one quarter remaining. The Cowgirls had just enough left in their tanks to outscore the Lady Wildcats 14-11 and move on to today’s semifinals.

The Cowgirls (29-1) were scheduled to play Dover (25-6) at 4:30 p.m. at State Fair Arena for a chance to play in Saturday afternoon’s finals.

In other first-round games in Class B girls, Pittsburg’s season came to a close with a 60-57 loss to Lomega. Shattuck upset No. 1 ranked Chattanooga 53-49 and played Lomega today at 9 a.m.

Dover was a 51-48 winner over Cimarron and was set to play Kiowa today.

For the Cowgirls, Clift’s 28 led all scorers in the first round games. Andrea Smith finished with 15 and Karissa Ellis had 14. Krista Lewis scored six and Betty Buff finished with five points in the win.

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