Lady Buffs end season with area tourney battle

Feb. 29—The Lady Buffs battled to the end.

McAlester faced off against Grove Thursday in the opening round of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Class 5A Area Tournament in Owasso, where the Lady Buffs fought but fell 42-20.

Grove jumped into an early lead, but the Lady Buffs fought to keep within striking distance. McAlester trimmed the lead down to five points, but the Ridgerunners responded by rattling off a scoring run to lead 28-11 at the half.

McAlester came out of the locker room ready to fight to the end, but Grove grabbed momentum once more — holding on to seal away the win.

Rylan Lesnau led the Lady Buffs with seven points, and Madi VanDorpe and Beaudee Nystrom had four points each.

McAlester ends its season with a record of 14-13 and an area tournament appearance.