Lady Wolves win three straight elimination games, on to Area

Playoff push. Jacie LaNoy and the Davis girls won elimination games three days in-a-row at Regional on Feb. 25-27. They defeated Marietta, Holdenville and Purcell to advance to the 3A-III Area Tournament, beginning on Thursday.

By Shane Bennett
The Davis girls smiled in the face of elimination and won three straight games at the Regional Tournament Feb. 25-27. With wins over Marietta, Holdenville and Purcell, Davis advanced to the Area Tournament, which begins on Thursday.
Davis 45, Marietta 34
The name of the game in a first-round win over Marietta at Kingston on Feb. 25 was “defense.” Marietta made just five baskets in the entire first half while Davis stretched out a big lead. After scoring just four points in the first quarter, all three buckets in the second for the Lady Indians were three-pointers. That was the only reason the game wasn’t a complete blowout.
Chloe Summers made all four of her free throws in the first quarter to help her team to a 8-4 lead. Then she connected twice from downtown in the second, keying a 17-point outburst that put her team ahead by double-digits at halftime.
That would be enough for the Lady Wolves who would secure an 11-point win to get the their Regional run going.
Davis 53, Holdenville 46
After beating Lindsay in Districts, Holdenville suffered a four-point loss to Community Christian on Feb. 25 in the first round of Regionals. The next day, Davis swiftly put the season to an end for the Lady Wolverines.
It was a hard-fought game throughout, but Davis bookended the game with good quarters and used them to put away another win.
Grace Murphy stepped up her game on the defensive end, still recovering from an ankle injury earlier in the month.
“She still seemed to be favoring it some on Thursday,” explained head coach Jeff Brown. “On Friday and Saturday, though she played great for us, especially on defense.”
The Lady Wolves combined a balanced offense with their stout defense, as three players were in double figures against Holdenville.
Davis 46, Purcell 37
Revenge is a little sweeter when it comes in the form of a playoff elimination game. After losing a heartbreaker at Purcell on Monday in District play, Davis went to Lindsay on Saturday and smacked the Lady Dragons by nine points.
“We felt like Purcell was a tough draw for us in Districts, but we knew we were good enough to beat the teams we were gonna face at Regionals,” Brown said after the game.
Two of Davis’ problems from Monday were eliminated on Saturday. The turnovers that plagued them, especially in the second half of the District matchup were limited to just a handful at Regionals. The Lady Wolves also limited Emily Madden. Madden had 19 points in three quarters in the District matchup, but managed just one point in the entire second half at Regionals as Davis pulled away.
“We had some miscommunication early that allowed her score 10 points in the first half,” Brown admitted later. “In the second half though, every time she caught the ball we had somebody in her face.”
Morgan Scott scored in all four quarters and led the Lady Wolves with 12 points. Summers added 10 more and Pruitt pitched in nine in another balanced game for Davis offensively.
After three losses to Purcell this season, Davis won the one that mattered most in the Regional Consolation Finals.
Now it’s on to the area tournament at Ada, where Davis will face Marlow at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Davis faced Marlow once, back on Jan. 16. In its eighth game in a 12-day stretch, Davis led by double-digits early and then faded in the second half for a 50-38 loss at Marlow. The second match-up was scrapped on Feb. 16 due to snow.
If the Lady Wolves advance, they will face the winner of Washington and Community Christian at 1 p.m on Friday. Davis has split two meetings with Washington this year, but has yet to face Community Christian. If Davis can managed to win both of those games, it would face the loser of Jones and Kingston at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Those teams are ranked number two and eight in the state, respectively, but it figures to be Kingston the Lady Wolves would have to go through to get to the state tournament.
“All the teams that are still playing are good, so we know we’ll have to play well to beat them, but we’re capable of winning all three,” coach Brown said.
The Lady Wolves are now 17-9 on the season and would love to get to 20 wins. If they can, that would mean a trip to the 3A state tournament. They will their chance to make that goal a reality, beginning on Thursday.
Game Summaries
Team       1   2    3    4  –   F
Davis       8  17   9   11  –  45
Marietta   4   9   11  10  –  34
D – Logan Pruitt 15, Morgan Scott 12, Chloe Summers 10, Jacie LaNoy 5 and Jordan Brown 3.
Team           1    2    3    4  –  F
Davis           14  15   9  15  –  53
Holdenville  10  16  11   9  –  46
D – Logan Pruitt 19, Jacie LaNoy 10, Jordan Brown 10, Chloe Summers 7, Grace Murphy 4 and Morgan Scott 3.
Team      1    2     3   4  –   F
Davis      11  12   8  15  –  46
Purcell     5  14    6  12  –  37
D – Morgan Scott 12, Chloe Summers 10, Logan Pruitt 9, Jacie LaNoy 6, Grace Murphy 5, Jordan Brown 4.

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