Lady Pirates capture consolation crown

Jan. 23—PURCELL — The Byng High School girls finished strong at the Heart of Oklahoma Tournament in Purcell.

Coach Luke Clark's club dumped Dickson 57-50 Saturday in the consolation finals and surged past Class 6A Enid 53-44 in action on Friday.

The back-to-back tournament victories moved the Byng team to 10-7 on the year, heading into a tough road trip to Kingston tonight. The host Lady Redskins will enter that game ranked No. 10 in Class 3A with a 10-4 record. Kingston finished as runners-up at the Wampus Cat Classic in Atoka over the weekend.

Byng 57, Dickson 50

The game was too tight for Clark's comfort in the early going. The two teams both scored 14 points in the first quarter before the Lady Pirates gained the upper hand in the second quarter and led 33-30 at halftime. Byng used an 18-7 run in the third period to push the lead to 51-37 before Dickson closed the gap with a 12-7 run in the fourth period.

"For us, we hang our hats on the defensive end of the floor, and I think that we uncharacteristically lost containment of their shooters too many times. I think fatigue had a lot to do with that," Clark said. "I just want us to get to the point where we're not having to stress as much at the end of the game. We have to find a way to put people away when we have the chance."

Alona Cooper willed her team to the victory by hitting seven 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 29 points.

"At the end of the day, when you have somebody get 29 points for their team, you have to be super appreciative of that and I was proud of that," Clark said.

Cadence Carlos also hit double figures with 10 points. Brylee Biard followed with six on the strength of a pair of triples.

Byng finished with a total of 12 3-point baskets.

Cayman Pitman led the Dickson attack with 15 points and Brilee Williams sank four 3-pointers and scored 13 points for the Lady Comets (5-11). Emma Gore just missed double figures with nine points and Amelia Imotichey followed with seven.

Byng 53, Enid 44

The game went back and forth for most of the first half before the Pacers took a 25-23 lead into halftime. The Lady Pirates took over the contest with a game-changing 14-3 run in the third period. Both teams scored 16 points in the final frame.

"Enid had two lightning-quick guards that created a lot of good shots for their physical post players. Our team just found a way to get hot in the third quarter to create some separation and played well enough in the other quarters for us to get a good win," Clark said.

Byng relied offensively on the solid 1-2 punch of Alona Cooper and Cadence Carlos. Cooper scored 21 points while Carlos was right behind with 17. No other BHS player scored more than four.

Enid's balanced offense got eight points apiece from the trio of Jasia Malolo, Kyra Criss, and Kiara Morris. KK Reed was next with seven points.