VINITA — Miami scored a season-high 70 points Thursday against Dewey and the Lady Wardogs needed every one of them.
Two free throws by Haiden Rowland with 11 seconds remaining sealed a 70-67 victory for MHS in its Class 4A Area II regional elimination game at the James E. Sooter Activity Center.
The game was an emotional roller-coaster for both teams. Miami led by as many as 11 points, but trailed by two late.
“We’ll take it, because we live another day,” Miami coach JohnCarl Morgan said.
The Lady Wardogs face Glenpool today at 1:30 p.m. in an elimination game at Glenpool.
The Lady Warriors suffered a 64-45 loss to Star Spencer in a winners’ bracket game Thursday evening.
A win today would send Miami into Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. losers’ bracket final against either McLoud or Oologah.
“We’re got to play better defense,” Morgan said. “We had stretches where we’d play good defense, but not like we need.”
Miami led 56-51 heading into the fourth quarter, but saw the Lady Bulldoggers score six straight points to take a 57-56 lead at 6:45.
A shot from outside by Rowland, a layup from Makayla Vail and a free throw by Bekah Stewart allowed the Lady Wardogs to take the lead again, 61-57, with 4:49 left.
MHS managed to keep the Lady Bulldoggers at bay until Janessa Gray buried a 3-point goals with 57 seconds left, creating a 57-57 tie.
Courtnei Young was fouled by Lindsey Short, her fifth, and converted on one of two free throws, giving MHS the lead for good. Rowland then iced the victory with her two charity shots.
“We executed our game plan of getting their big girl (Short) in foul trouble early,” Morgan said.
Short, who had 21 points, sat out the final 4:44 of the first half, then picked up her final two in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Wardogs set the tone for the game by scoring a season-best 22 points in the first quarter.
Kylee Carder led the assault by four treys. She finished with 16 points.
“Kylie comes out focused,” Morgan said. “She was focused on the bus. She was on fire.”
Rowland also was in double figures, netting 10.
Gray was the Lady Bulldoggers’ leading scorer with 22 points.
Dewey 14 15 22 16 — 67
Miami 22 19 15 14 — 70
Dewey — Gray 22, Short 21, Smith 7, Lowe 6, Boren 5, Grimes 2, Garcia 2, Green 1, LaRue 1.
Miami — Vail 18, Carder 16, Rowland 10, Young 9, Osborn 6, Stewart 5, Rhodes 4, Swan 2.
3-point goals — Gray 1, Smith 1, Boren 1, Carder 4, Vail 2, Rhodes 1.