Special to The Sun
Anadarko started the game with a hot hand and kept it that way throughout, defeating the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Edmond Open Tournament at Santa Fe High School Friday night.
Turnovers plagued the front end of the first quarter for the Bulldogs, who quickly found themselves behind 11-2. Kasey Decker worked Memorial back into the game after a two and a three-point bucket. But the Anadarko threes kept falling and after the first quarter the Bulldogs trailed 21-11.
“I just told them not to lose focus, don’t get frustrated,” Dandy Peeler said. The Memorial head coach was pleased with the defensive effort despite the Warriors’ good shooting.
The second quarter was a different story for the Bulldogs, who clawed their way back into the game. Three points apiece from Jessica Foster, Kaleigh Troxell and Decker cut the Anadarko lead to five with 3:14 to play until halftime. Anadarko would score a few baskets though to close the half ahead 32-23.
Decker led the Bulldogs with eight first-half points. Lakota Beatty led the Warriors with 12 points and two 3-pointers.
Both teams caught fire midway through the third quarter, each scoring on six straight possessions. Anadarko, however, just kept making baskets when the Bulldogs cooled off and the Warriors were ahead by 19 points with three minutes to play in the third.
Class 4A’s No. 1 team stretched its lead to 21 as the quarter finished, 51-30. Beatty led the Warriors again in the third and had 18 points at the quarter’s end.
The fourth quarter started as the most even part of the game — it was 6-6 through four minutes of the quarter, but Anadarko’s shooting was too much and the Warriors prevailed.
“I thought that Kasey Decker had an amazing game,” Peeler said. “The team responded well.”
Beatty led the Warriors on the night, finishing with 18 points, and Keila Pahcoddy scored 14 on the way to the 66-45 victory.
Jenny Roy led the Bulldogs with 12 points and Foster, Decker and Troxell each added eight for the Bulldogs.
Anadarko advances to the Open finals against Santa Fe at 8 p.m. Friday at Santa Fe, while Memorial will play Tulsa Union in the third-place game at 6:30 p.m.