AFTON — The streak is over.
A 34-game losing streak ended Friday when the Miami High School girls’ basketball team coasted to a 51-18 victory over Quapaw in the consolation final of the Afton Coca-Cola Classic Friday night.
The win was the first for the Lady Wardogs since a 41-30 victory over Western Heights on Jan. 22, 2015.
Miami dropped nine games after that, went 0-23 a year ago and lost to Jay and Afton to start the 2016-17 season.
“The kids played well,” Miami coach Chuck Preaus said. “Obviously proud of them … they finally got the win. Now we can forget about that and just move on to the next game.”
The Lady Wardogs carried a 9-5 lead into the second quarter then erupted for 23 points to take a 32-10 advantage into the half.
“I really wasn’t happy with our first quarter,” Preaus said. “I think our girls maybe overestimated a little bit and got kinda sloppy. They got a little bit of coaching between quarters and came out and played the way they are supposed to.”
Shelby Hubbard provided the spark for Miami, getting 10 of her 13 points in the second frame. She also drilled a key 3-pointer in the first quarter.
The Lady Wardogs (1-2) outscored Quapaw 13-5 and 6-3 in the second half.
“I didn’t want to run the score up on Quapaw at that point,” Preaus said. “I wanted to get our girls out and get some others some experience. I didn’t want to do that to Quapaw, having worked there for several years.
“I know their girls are struggling a little bit.”
Tori Lofgren had a game-high 16 points for MHS.
Rounding out a balanced scoring attack were Tara Linton with six points, Abby Osborn with five, Jewel Cunningham with four, Bayleigh Beckwith with three, Kylie Waters with two and Rebecca Bell and Josalyn Kennedy with one each.
MaKayla Thomasson had eight points to lead Quapaw (0-3).
Kiana Turner scored five, Katelyn Schooley three and Brittany Tyree two.
“Coach Hocutt (assistant coach Whitney Hocutt) and I will scout film and come up with our plan and try to set the goals up for success as much as is possible,” Preaus said.
The Lady Wardogs host Tulsa Rogers in their home opener Tuesday night at the Miami Activity Center.