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Lady Buffs hold off Memorial, advance to area tournament

Feb. 24—The Lady Buffs are heading to the next round.

McAlester faced off against Memorial Saturday in the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Class 5A regional round, taking the 67-61 win over the Lady Chargers.

The Lady Buffs jumped out early, with Memorial keeping pace. As they two teams battled in the opening quarters, it'd be McAlester leading 36-31 at the half.

On the other side of the locker room break, both teams began trading shots. As McAlester gained a lead, Memorial rattled off a run to close the gap.

But the Lady Buffs stayed undeterred, and slammed the door on their opponent to seal the win.

Tori Kilburn led the way with a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards, followed by Beaudee Nystrom with a career-high 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, and Katie Allen with 13 points.

Here is the complete Class 5A Girls East Regional Tournament bracket. Schools in parentheses are host sites:

TUESDAY FEB. 20

G1: Tahlequah 81, Edison Prep 16 (Tahlequah)

G2: McAlester 44, Collinsville 39 (Tahlequah)

G3: Grove 63, Memorial 59 (OT) (Coweta)

G4: Coweta 58, Pryor 37 (Coweta)

G5: Sapulpa 65, Claremore 10 (Sapulpa)

G6: Holland Hall 55, Bishop Kelley 31 (Sapulpa)

G7: Will Rogers 66, East Central 34 (Booker T. Washington)

G8: Booker T. Washington 67, Durant 49 (Booker T. Washington)

FRIDAY FEB. 23

G9: Collinsville 68, Edison Prep 13 (Tahlequah)

G10: Memorial 64, Pryor 47 (Coweta)

G11: Bishop Kelley 51, Claremore 15 (Sapulpa)

G12: Durant 47, East Central 42 (Booker T. Washington)

G17: Tahlequah 57, McAlester 39 (Tahlequah) (Winner advances to Area)

G18: Grove vs. Coweta, 3:30 p.m. (Coweta) (Winner advances to Area)

G19: Sapulpa vs. Holland Hall, 3:30 p.m. (Sapulpa) (Winner advances to Area)

G20: Will Rogers vs. Booker T. Washington, 3:30 p.m. (Booker T. Washington) (Winner advances to Area)

SATURDAY FEB. 24

G13: Grove 51, Collinsville 36 (Tahlequah) (Winner advances to Area)

G14: McAlester 67, Memorial 61 (Coweta) (Winner advances to Area)

G15: Bishop Kelley vs. Loser G20, 6 p.m. (Sapulpa) (Winner advances to Area)

G16: Durant vs. Loser G19, 6 p.m. (Booker T. Washington) (Winner advances to Area)