LOCUST GROVE — Every time Miami’s girls made a run at Locust Grove, the Lady Pirates managed to answer.
As a result, they carted off a 49-37 decision Friday night in a Verdigris Valley Conference game.
The loss was the fifth straight for the Lady Wardogs, who traveled to Seneca, Mo., Saturday night.
Miami’s next action will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at the MAC against Chetopa, Kan., in a Girls’ Gold bracket game at the Northeastern A&M High School Tournament.
The Lady Wardogs trailed 44-27 with 4:27 remaining, but a three-point play by freshman Ashlynn Waltz, a free throw from Bekka Stewart and a 3-point goal by Courtnei Young shaved the deficit down to 44-34 with 2:57 remaining.
Following a time out by Lady Pirate coach Tim Ellison, Locust Grove zipped away for a final time.
Sophomore Sabina Burton buried a trey with 90 seconds left, then Courtney Freeman converted on three of four free throws to ice the win for the Lady Pirates.
Freeman had a team-high 12 points for Locust Grove, which also got nine from Taylor Loffer and eight from Breanna Jarrell.
Miami’s scoring included a personal-best 15 points from Waltz.
This was the third time she’s scored in double figures in the Lady Wardogs’ eight games.
Nikki Mullin chipped in with nine and Young added eight.
Miami trailed by eight at intermission (24-16) and was within seven on two occasions in the third quarter.