Miami’s 40-34 victory over Grove Monday night was a classic example of how good things will happen when the offense is run right.
“We shot well, but when you execute your offense, you are going to get better shots,” Miami coach JohnCarl Morgan said. “We were getting decent shots in the first half, we were just executing our offense better. We hit a couple 3s that were big, too.”
The win closed out the regular season for both teams. Both begin district play on Friday, Miami traveling to Vinita while Grove is at Claremore Sequoyah.
The Lady Wardogs trailed 20-11 at the half and battled back to within six in the first four minutes of the third quarter.
But a conventional 3-point play by Bekah Stewart kicked off a 13-0 run by the Lady Wardogs that turned the game around. They carried a 30-24 lead into the final stanza.
“We came out and executed on offense, and executed our press, which helped us a lot,” Morgan said. “It got us a couple of easy buckets in transition. We went to the ball in the second half — we killed them on the boards.”
Each team scored 10 points over the final eight minutes.
“The last time we played them, we fell apart at the free throw line in the fourth quarter,” Morgan said. “This time, we were 8 of 14, which is a lot better than 2 for 12 or whatever it was the last time.”
The Lady Wardogs were 14 of 23 at the line for the game. Grove converted on only 13 of 22 chances.
Stewart headed up the Lady Wardog scoring with 11 points. Courtnei Young added seven points and Katie Osborn chipped in with six.
Margaret Pogue scored 12 points for the Lady Ridgerunners. She was limited to one field goal in the first half.
“We held them to 22 points in the first half, which is really good,” Morgan said.
Grove broke out to a 10-0 lead and Miami didn’t get its first points until the 4;18 mark, when Stewart nailed a short jumper.
The Lady Wardogs narrowed the gap to 12-8 at the turn, then Grove scored the first eight points of the second quarter to open up a 20-8 advantage.
Mariah Hicks had two free throws and Makayla Vail added one down the stretch to cut the gap to nine by the break.
Grove 12 8 2 10 — 34
Miami 8 3 19 10 — 40
Grove — Pogue 12, Sarwinski 5, Lane 5, Allington 3, Cook 3, Miller 3, Scott 3.
Miami – Stewart 11, Young 7, Osborn 6, Carder 5, Neal 5, Vail 3, Hicks 2, Rowland 1.
3-point goals — Sarwinski 1, Allington 1, Lane 1, Stewart 1, Young 1.