WYANDOTTE — The Wyandotte girls picked up their second big Lucky Seven Conference win of the week Friday night when they stopped Commerce 34-25.
The Lady Tigers struggled throughout the game, but used a burst midway through the fourth quarter to pull to within three points.
A bucket from inside by Courtney Watson made it 28-25 with 4:32 remaining. But that turned out to be the final points of the night for CHS.
The Lady Bears used a bucket from inside by Kristen Enyart 20 seconds later to bump the lead back to five.
Wyandotte iced its second victory of the season with a bucket and two free throws by Enyart in the final 14.3 seconds.
"It was our defense," Wyandotte coach Tara Kinney said. "When we d up, don’t let them penetrate and don’t foul, we’re fine. We just have to get a body on somebody and rebound."
This was the Lady Bears’ second win over a ranked opponent this week.
They opened their season Tuesday night with a 44-33 victory over 2A No. 19 Quapaw. Commerce had been ranked 17th in Class 2A.
"I was impressed how defensively Wyandotte got after us," Commerce coach Jerry Myers said. "They did a good job. They took us out of a lot of things we wanted to do. And their pressure got our legs a little tired."
WHS saw a 14-6 lead melt down to 14-11 with two minutes left in the first half. However, a 3-point goal by Jesse Stone and a free throw by Enyart staked the Lady Bears to an 18-11 lead at the half.
A free throw and putback by Adrienne Herrera narrowed the gap to 18-14 for the Lady Tigers, but two free throws and a baseline drive by Kayla Oleman gave WHS some breathing room.
The Lady Bears were up 24-18 heading into the final stanza. A follow shot by Jacey Knight was countered by a trey from Stone, leaving Wyandotte with a 28-20 edge with 7:23 remaining.
A shot from inside by Courtney Watson on a feed by Johna Sharp started the Lady Tigers on their final rally of the night. Kourtney Reading added a free throw, then Watson scored from in the paint to leave Commerce with its three-point deficit.
The Lady Tigers had a chance to get closer down the stretch, but Mandy Watson missed the front end of a one-and-one and Mandy Watson and Herrera missed both chances on two-shot fouls.
“Our defense is going to be the main thing this year — it’s the key,” Kinney said.
Oleman scored 11 points and Enyart added seven for the Lady Bears.
Commerce got seven points from Reading and six from Sharp.
Wyandotte faces Claremore Sequoyah Monday at 7 p.m. in the Adair tournament.
Commerce meets Chetopa, Kan., Monday at 7 p.m. in the Kenneth Sooter Invitational at Welch.
Commerce 3 8 7 7 — 25
Wyandotte 7 11 7 9 — 34
Commerce — Reading 7, Sharp 6, Knight 5, C. Watson 4, Herrera 3.
Wyandotte – Oleman 11, Enyart 9, J. Stone 7, McCloud 5.
3-point goals — J. Stone 2.