MOORE — Led by Amanda Patterson and Tamera Shaver, the Lady Lions started the game reigning 3-pointers from the corners. The Lions took a 32-17 advantage into halftime. The Moore girls ended up beating Tahlequah, 66-55, in the first round of the John Nobles Tournament.
Led by Marisa Grinder, the Tigers were able to close the gap to six points late in the third quarter. They had the ball with a chance to get even closer, but the Lions came up with a stop and scored four straight to put lead back into double digits.
In the fourth quarter, Lindsay WAde hit one-of-two from the free-throw line to cut Moore’s lead down to 59-53 with 3:12 left in the game. Moore didn’t let the Tigers score again until there was only 22 seconds left in the game.
Patterson led the charged with 23 points. That included hitting four 3-pointers. Allison Rogers added 12 points.
Whitney Wright paced Tahlequah with 15 points. Grinder had 9 points.
Southmoore boys 63, Tahlequah 30
The SaberCats put the game away when they outscored the Tigers 21-0 in the second quarter and took a 41-10 halftime lead.
In total, Southmoore held Tahlequah scoreless for a 14-minute span. It took Stone Faddis to knock down a driving layup with 1:28 left in the third for the Tigers to break the scoring drought.
Justin Bean paced the SaberCats with 19 points. Preston Smith added 11 points, including knocking down three 3-pointers.
Faddis led the Tigers with 6 points.
Moore will face Southmoore at 8:30 p.m. in the semifinals of the JNT. The Cats won 74-69 in an earlier matchup. Howell knows his team will have to come to play.
“We have to play start to finish,” Howell said. “Southmoore is a very, very tough team. We have to come play. We have to stay on them. If you don’t, they will wear you out.”
Tahlequah will take on Lawton at 2:30 p.m.