MIAMI — A 14-0 run spanning the first two quarters send sixth-ranked Vinita on its way to a 52-23 win to spoil the home opener for Miami’s girls here Tuesday, Dec. 12.
A 3-point goal by Malarie Thompson pulled the Lady Wardogs into a 7-7 tie with 1:42 left in the first quarter.
They wouldn’t score again until Shelby Hubbard connected on the second of two free throw chances with 4:31 until intermission.
By then, the Lady Hornets had opened up a 24-8 advantage.
“They upped their pressure a little bit and we started to freelance and do the things we don’t teach in practice,” Miami coach Chuck Preaus said. “It falls apart and they run away with it.”
Vinita (4-2) put together another nine-point run, ballooning the score to 42-11.
“They get after it, a lot of pressure,” Preaus said. “If we will just show up and compete, we can see things and do things we need to do. Sometimes we get intimidated by whoever is across the floor from us.”
Abby Osborn scored 11 of the Lady Wardogs’ 23 points.
Malarie Thompson added five and Hubbard wound up with three.
Mary Gilbert and Maddie Arnold chipped in with two each.
“Our emphasis tonight, regardless of the score, was to go out and compete, work hard and try to fix the things we struggle with: taking care of the ball under pressure, boxing out, rebounding,” Preaus said. “Until all those things come together, we are going to struggle.”
Lizzie Shephard scored 18 points and Dakota Jefferies added 10 for the Lady Hornets, who have now won 29 straight games over Miami dating back to 2005.
The Lady Wardogs (0-5) faces Inola Friday, Dec. 15 in a game that will be played at the NEO Field House.
The Miami Activity Center will be used for the Miami Invitational wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday.