MIAMI — The Miami High School girls had a moral victory Tuesday night against Claremore Sequoyah.
The bad thing is that they don’t mean a thing in the win column.
The Lady Wardogs let a nine-point lead slip away as Sequoyah rallied for a 42-37 victory at the Miami Activity Center.
“In the fourth quarter, we ran out of gas,” Miami coach Chuck Preaus said. “At halftime, I said we’d have to come out with the same intensity we just finished that half. We couldn’t come out lackadaisical.”
The Lady Wardogs were riding high after holding a 14-10 edge in the third quarter. As result, they carried a 32-28 advantage into the final stanza.
“At that point, I was telling them we had to build our cushion a little bit more and had to play smart defense,” Preaus said. “We were getting in trouble at that time.”
But a 7-2 run by in the first two minutes gave Sequoyah the lead for good, 35-34.
The fact that the Lady Wardogs didn’t score over the final 4:45 didn’t help things either.
“They beat us in the fourth quarter,” Preaus said.
Shelby Hubbard scored 12 points to lead the Miami attack.
Abby Osborn and Bayleigh Beckwith had seven each, Tara Linton added six and Tori Lofgren chipped in with five.
Mary Gilbert, who had a team-best seven rebounds, went out with an ankle injury in the third quarter.
“When she went out, things changed. It snowballed from there,” Preaus said.
Ashlee Sanders headed up a balanced Sequoyah scoring attack with 12 points.
“If we play with this kind of intensity and passion, we are going to be able to complete,” Preaus said. “We will get that win. We will get that next one. It’s just heartbreaking for them when they worked so hard and believed they could do it.
The Lady Wardogs travel to Verdigris Friday then host Green country Saturday afternoon.