AFTON — The Lady Eagles got off to a slow start before handing the Quapaw Lady Wildcats a 44-32 win in first-round action Tuesday night at the annual Afton Coca Cola Classic Basketball Tournament.
Both teams struggled early in the game as they were tied 2-2 midway in the opening period.
Afton finally put some distance between them and the Lady Wildcats with a pair of baskets from Summer Matthews and another from Daylee Osburn for a 8-2 margin to end the first period.
But in the second, Quapaw reeled off six unanswered points and tied the game, 8-8, on MaKinsey Thomasson’s put back off a rebound.
After the Lady Eagles scored off a steal, Skyler Hick’s short jumper gave Afton a 12-8 lead. Kiana Turner answered with a 3-pointer for Quapaw.
Hicks and Daylee Osburn each nailed a pair of free throws, and Tori Ash’s layup put Afton up, 18-12.
Thomasson drilled a 3-pointer before the halftime buzzer to cut the margin by three.
Afton increased their margin to eight, 30-22, to start the final period.
"We just didn't score enough points," said Quapaw coach Rod Graves. "That's one thing we're working on."
Free throws were key in the win. Afton was 10-of-17 from the line, while Quapaw was 11-of-17.
Osburn hit nine of her game-high 19 points down the stretch to help seal the win. Matthews finished with six and Ash added four.
Quapaw was led by Thomasson’s 11 points and Lendsay Olson had 10.
Afton advances to the semifinals with a 8:30 p.m. Thursday game with Chouteau. The Lady Wildcats move to the consolation bracket and will face Wyandotte at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Mounds 77, Fairland 26
The Golden Eagles got off to a fast start and the Lady Owls were never able to catch as Mounds posted a first-round tournament win Tuesday.
Mound opened the game with a 24-3 run.
Sydney Newberry tossed in a game-high 19 points for Mounds, while Brooklynn Littlebear netted 15. Both players each had three 3’s.
Nikki Dingle paced Fairland with eight points, Tori Barker hit 4, and Breanne Johnson and Cayden Harper each added three.
Fairland moves to the consolation round with a 4 p.m. contest Friday against South Coffeyville. Mounds and Kansas will meet in semifinal action at 4 p.m. Thursday.