A slow start gave way to a steady performance over the distance as the GHS Lady Ridgerunner basketball team collected a playoff win in the 4A consolation regional bracket at Inola Thursday afternoon with a 53-42 final over the Catoosa Lady Indians.
The win keeps the Lady Ridgerunner post-season run alive and the team now travels to Fort Gibson today (Friday) for a date with the Locust Grove Lady Pirates in a 1:30 p.m. consolation semi-final date.
“We split with Locust Grove this year,” said Lady Ridgerunner Head Coach Richard Bassett. “Everybody we play from here on out we have beat. If we can get by Locust then we’ll probably play Wagoner on Saturday; and we’re capable of winning both of those games.”
The coach liked what he saw from his troops Thursday at Inola as the Lady Red bounced back from a tough district loss to Claremore-Sequoyah last week.
“Our hustle was better today,” Bassett said. “Against Claremore-Sequoyah we got out-rebounded 33-17, and that’s just hustle stuff.
“Today we out-rebounded Catoosa 49-32, so that was good for us,” Bassett said.
Grove held a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretched it to 29-24 by the intermission.
The Lady Red put together a 12-point third to hold a 41-33 advantage going into the final eight minutes.
Friday’s win was a team effort for the Lady Ridgerunners; no GHS player finished the game in double-digit scoring but ten different players found the net for points.
“Kori Watkins did a good job today,” Bassett said. “Shea Scott, Katelin Threet, Katie Stout; all those girls are building our program and they’re getting better and looking to get more playing time next year. It’s time for them to start stepping up and they did a good job today.”
Watkins led GHS with eight points and 14 rebounds. Scott added eight points, while Kenzie Miller scored seven. Rachel Allington and Logan Cook, with six apiece, rounded out the Lady Red high scorers.
The bench strength complimented the regular starters and points to a team that is playing as a unit just as the most important stretch of the season looms.
“We’re coming together well,” Bassett said of his team. “Nobody cares who is playing, everybody just wants to win. It doesn’t matter who scores the points, we just want to win. Right now it’s going good. We’ve just got to keep hustling and outscoring other teams.”