The Edmond Sun

December 20, 2013

Late-second scores push Lady Bulldogs on top

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Memorial’s Andee Decker knocked down a pair of free throws with six seconds left in overtime as the Lady Bulldogs nipped the Lady Tigers 61-59 at Norman High School.

The entire overtime period saw the lead waver on the free-throw stripe.

Trailing 53-51 in regulation, Edmond’s Avery Ogle nailed a huge shot at the final horn to force the game into the auxiliary period. Ogle and fellow Lady Bulldog Michaela Mack tallied 10 points in the contest which was led by Decker’s 23. Paige Serup (11 points) also reached double digits for Memorial.

Taylor Ely was nearly all of Norman’s offense, as she lit up the board with 36 points, including scoring 17 of the Lady Tigers’ 19 points in the opening quarter. She knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half alone.

Edmond Memorial plays at Edmond Santa Fe tonight with the girls tipping off at 6 o’clock.

In the nightcap, the Bulldogs had no problem extinguishing Norman, rolling to a confident 66-39 triumph.

“We came out aggressive early, jumping on them 27-7 early in the second quarter,” Memorial head coach Shane Cowherd said. “After a late second-quarter lull, we came back out strong for a solid second half to firmly control the game.

“Defensively, our kids did a great job of limiting their primary scoring options.”

Taylor Hicks and Kristian Doolittle led the ‘Dogs with 15 points apiece and Jacob Essman contributed 10.

Last week in the Edmond Open, the Edmond Memorial boys were crowned champions. They dropped No. 18 Putnam North in the opener, fifth-rated Lawton Eisenhower in the semifinals and third-ranked Edmond Santa Fe in the championship.

Doolittle and Hicks were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

“We were able to play sound, team-oriented basketball to control Santa Fe,” Cowherd said. “Our defense and shot selection were very good and our kids did a great job of staying composed throughout the tournament. Especially seeing the tough field we played — our schedule has been brutal so far.”