By Michael Kinney
CNHI Sports Writer
Edmond Memorial prided itself all year on fighting to the very end. That attitude earned them a spot in the state tournament when no one thought they could make it.
However, facing No. 3 Bixby Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 6A state tournament, the Lady Bulldogs' fight wasn't enough as they fell 41-28 at Skiatook High School.
"I am really proud of my team," Edmond's Jenny Roy said. "We played strong and even though it didn't come out the way we wanted, I'm just proud we made it this far. We've overcome so much this season."
The Bulldogs' (17-10) offense was non-existent to start the game. They were unable to hit their outside shots or get the ball near the rim in the paint. The Spartans had the Bulldogs seemingly confused as they took a 18-8 halftime lead.
Edmond suffered a blow when Roy collided with Bixby's Christina Devers in the first few seconds of the third quarter and was called for her third foul and went to the bench.
"They were flopping a little bit," Roy said. "It kind of caught me off-guard. I just wasn't expecting it."
Despite that, the Dogs climbed their way back into the game behind Jakara Ray and Andee Decker. They closed the Spartans' (20-7) lead to 19-16 midway through the period.
Roy re-entered the contest and helped the Bulldogs keep the Spartan front court at bay and the game close. Memorial trailed 24-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
Bixby's Stevi Parker and Allie Alystad began to assert themselves in the paint. Edmond had no answer as the Spartans stretched the lead to 10 with 5:02 left in the game.
But it was defense that really put the game away for the Spartans. They pressured the Bulldog backcourt into several turnovers down the stretch that turned into fastbreak points.
"Emotions started getting to us a little bit," Roy said. "It was an emotional night. Things went their way that could have gone our way. They just went on a good run."
Parker led all scorers with 15. Alystad added 12.
Decker paced the Bulldogs with 8 points. No player scored in double figures.
"It is truly incredible for us to make it here tonight," Roy said. "We knew we could do it all along even though everyone doubted us. Even though we are young. So proud of us and we're going to be back again next year."