BASKETBALL: Lady Pirates advance to area championship game

Feb. 19—The Cyril Lady Pirates had few problems winning a regional title.

After winning a district title at home, Class A No. 4 Cyril hosted a regional tournament in Cyril last week and rolled to a pair of double-digit victories. After picking up a 65-49 win over Sentinel, Cyril secured a spot in an area tournament championship game with a 63-36 win over Cheyenne-Reydon in Saturday's regional championship game.

A 9-0 first-quarter run pushed Cyril's lead to double digits, and the Lady Pirates held a 19-10 lead after the first quarter. After allowing Cheyenne-Reydon to score 10 points in the first quarter, Cyril held its opponent to just 15 combined points in the second quarter and third quarter.

The Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Bears 35-15 in the game's middle quarters to put the hammer down on the victory.

A pair of double-digit scoring performances propelled the Lady Pirates to the win. Both players reached double figures by the end of the first half.

Hadley Gibson — who passed the 1,000-point mark in the win — finished with 21 points for the Lady Pirates. Makenzie Raasch added 14 points to the team's total.

The Lady Pirates got contributions throughout the team but got a particularly big spark from Carley Meason. Meason buried three triples, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the third quarter that put Cyril up 29 points.

The Lady Pirates are now just one win away from the Class A state tournament, and they have two opportunities to get that win. The first opportunity will be Friday's area championship game against No. 5 Allen in Chickasha at 6 p.m.


The Amber-Pocasset girls also advanced to an area tournament.

The Lady Panthers captured a district title in the Class A postseason but had to win back-to-back elimination games to advance to area after losing to a highly-ranked Caddo team.

The Lady Panthers did that, beating Waurika (40-30) and Wilson (48-22) to secure a spot in the area tournament at Madill. The Lady Panthers will play sixth-ranked Wright City at 1 p.m. Thursday.