VINITA — Making up for a slow start by its standards, Vinita used 13 3-point field goals to romp to a 77-39 victory over Miami in the Class 4A Area II District 5 game here Friday night.
“They shot it well,” Miami coach JohnCarl Morgan said in a bit of an understatement.
A quick check of his post-game stats showed the fourth-ranked Lady Hornets missing only four of their 17 attempts from behind the arc.
“That’s what their offense is all about,” Morgan said. “When they are on, they are on. They were hitting them well tonight. And they earned them.”
This wasn’t the Lady Hornets’ best performance shooting the trey — they nailed 14 in a 92-63 drubbing of Locust Grove on Feb. 2.
Tosha Tyler was the lead bombardier for the Lady Hornets Friday night, canning four. Jessica Hoodenpyle, Kelby Fritz and Samantha Skinner had two each and Mattie Callahan and Caitlyn Spurgeon each tossed in one.
“When you are a team that has trouble scoring, you can’t give up that many 3-pointers,” Morgan said. “In any case, you would rather they beat you to the basket than give up wide-open 3-pointers. We didn’t do a very good job on the perimeter.”
The Lady Wardogs, losing to Vinita for a third time this season, drop into the losers’ bracket of the playoffs.
They play either Oologah or Dewey here Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in a regional game
Oologah and Dewey played Saturday night in the District 8 tournament at Oologah.
Miami never led in Friday’s game, but managed to hang close for the first quarter.
They were within two points on three occasions, the last being a 9-7 deficit after a layup by Kylee Carder.
A trey by Hoodenpyle gave the Lady Hornets a 12-7 lead, but Miami countered with a short jumper by Kelsey Neal with 24 seconds left in the quarter.
And the Lady Wardogs managed to stay within striking distance until the final 3:12 of the half, when Vinita went on an 18-6 run that included another three treys.
The Lady Hornets (22-1) outscored Miami 22-13 in the third quarter then held a 15-6 edge in the fourth.
“We were always trading five points for two points — we weren’t getting anywhere,” Morgan said.
Tyler finished with a game-high 26 points for the Lady Hornets. Fritz and Spurgeon added 11 each.
Miami (5-16) picked up eight points each from Haiden Rowland, Courtnei Young and Katie Osborn. Rowland and Young each had a 3-point goal for the Lady Wardogs.
Miami 9 11 13 6 — 39
Vinita 12 28 22 15 — 77
Miami – Rowland 8, Osborn 8, Young 8, Carder 4, Stewart 4, Swan 4, Vail 4, Neal 2, Rhodes 2.
Vinita — Tyler 26, Fritz 11, Spurgeon 11, Downing 7, Hoodenpyle 6, Skinner 6, Callahan 6, Moorhead 2, Iverson 2.
3-point goals – Rowland 1, Young 1, Tyler 4, Hoodenpyle 2, Fritz 2, Skinner 2, Downing 1, Callahan 1, Spurgeon 1.