Tahlequah Daily Press

November 25, 2013

Thompson, Lady Riders win opener against Okay

Sports Editor

— HULBERT — Tiffany Thompson nearly beat Okay on her own Friday night. The senior guard registered 20 points to guide Hulbert to a 54-31 victory over Okay at Rider Fieldhouse.

"I was ready to play," said Thompson, who was five-of-eight from the field in the first quarter on her way to a six-of-14 shooting effort from the field. "I had confidence and I was ready to shoot the ball."

The Lady Riders (1-0) faced little resistance from Okay (0-2). Hulbert stretched a 12-5 lead into a 24-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter, and the game was over from there.

"We came out with a lot of intensity and then it kind of slowed down on us," Hulbert coach Rick Ott said. "We committed too many shoudn't-of-happened fouls. It was just a matter of not being where we needed to be."

Adding to Hulbert's offensive output was Megan Cox, who finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. The senior forward was four-of-20 from the field.

Hulbert struggled to put the ball through the basket after the first period. The Lady Riders went nine-of-18 from the floor in the first quarter and then nine-of-52 the rest of the way.

Luckily for the Lady Riders, Okay couldn't hold on to the basketball. The Lady Mustangs, led by Destrie Lawrence's seven points, notched 40 turnovers and only made six field goals the entire game.

Hulbert 54, Okay 31

Okay      7      5      3      16     --     31

Hul      24       8      8     14     --     54

Okay (0-2): Lawerence 7, Judkins 6, K. Whiteda 5, Milligan 4, Ramos 3, Taylor 3, M. Whiteda.\

Hulbert (1-0): Tiffany Thompson 20, Megan Cox 13, Brooke Bailey 6, Drywater 4, Taylor 3, Capps 3, Hamby 2, Marsh 2, Carey 1.