KETCHUM – The Ketchum Lady Warriors were pushed to the limit in the regional semifinal game against Panama Thursday, overcoming a six-point halftime deficit for a 49-46 win.
Ketchum (21-4) advanced to Saturday’s regional championship game in Tahlequah, where they will face tenth-ranked Howe, who defeated Colcord 55-54 in the other regional semifinal.
The Lady Warriors struggled to score in the first half, including getting just six points in the second quarter to fall behind 22-16 by halftime.
“It was a close game, but we played well when it counted,” Ketchum head coach Sam Fairchild said. “Panama was very physical and beat us to lose balls early but finally we started to battle.”
Bailey Pendley and Kelsy Byrd kept Ketchum afloat offensively, combining for 12 of the 16 first half points, with Pendley scoring all six of Ketchum’s second quarter points.
The second half was all Miranda Griffin, as the senior point guard scored all 11 of her points over the final two quarters.
“Miranda Griffin finally finished a game like we know she can,” Fairchild said. “She dominated it.”
Ketchum outscored the Lady Razorbacks 19-12 in the third quarter to take the lead then held on to the lead in the fourth quarter to advance.
Pendley led Ketchum with 15 points while Byrd finished with 10. Summer Stockton led Panama (15-10) with 13 points, 11 of those coming in the second and third quarters. Hannah Gaines had 12 points while Stephanie Bordens added 8.
The Lady Razorbacks will play in a regional consolation game on Friday in Tahlequah.