Green with envy

McAlester sophomore standout Lahsanda Green (10) defends against Idabel Lady Warriors Chanta Lee (21) Friday at Bob Brumley Gymnasium. Green scored 13 points for the Lady Buffs in the, 56-42, win.

The McAlester Lady Buffs defeated the Lady Warriors of Idabel 56-42 Friday evening at Bob Brumley Gymnasium, in game that saw over half a dozen lead changes, three in the second half.

With the win, Coach Crystal Robinson's team advanced to 14-2 on the regular season. They also maintained their perfect conference record,7-0, as the game was also a Southeast Six Conference matchup.

It was almost two minutes into the game before anyone scored, McAlester High School sophomore Lashonda Green had a two-point field goal to start the scoring. It was a low-scoring first quarter that ended with the Lady Buffs in the lead by two, 8-6.

Lady Buffs’ senior Lesley Huff, supplied two treys in the first quarter to provide the bulk of McAlester's scoring. Early play in the game wasn't smooth for either team.

The second period is when the lead changed hands despite another low-scoring period. Neither team made it to 20 by the half. Also, the first foul of the game wasn't called until a little after the second quarter got underway.

In that second, Green hit a three, senior Whitney Anderson had two two-pointers, and Huff connected on a pair of free throw attempts to total McAlester's nine points of the period. Idabel had 12 points in the quarter and led 18-17 at the break.

Third quarter action saw McAlester pick up the scoring pace. The Lady Buffs’ 25 points in the third was 50 percent more than the entire first half. Kaleisha Johnson had eight of her 10 points in the third. Huff and Green each had a three. The Lady Buffs’ single two-point baskets were made by Anderson, Kirsty Cook and Jammi Steidley and the team went five-of-seven from the free throw line.

Free throw shooting as a whole was much better for the Lady Buffs Friday evening than the last several contests. McAlester was 13-of-15 from the charity stripe over the course of the game.

McAlester took the third 25-7 and led 42-25 to begin the final period of regulation.

There was four twos — three from senior Shay Griffin and one from Johnson — shot with six-of-six at the line, so even with McAlester being outscored 17-14, the margin of victory was 14 for the Lady Buffs.

Team-high honors were split for McAlester between Huff and Green, who each scored 13. Johnson had 10 off the bench, and Andersonn and Grifin each added eight, while Cook and Steidley each chipped in two points in the win.

The girls next play Tuesday evening in Durant, with a scheduled start time of 6:30 p.m.

John Yates is the News Director for McAlester Radio. Contact him at

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