Tahlequah Daily Press

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January 30, 2013

Metro Lakes split

Tahlequah girls put defensive clamps on Coweta; Tahlequah boys fall short in upset bid.

COWETA — Tahlequah’s Lady Tigers got a season high 22 points from Randee O’Donnell and continued to play sharp on offense and defense to topple Coweta 55-38 in a Metro Lakes Conference basketball game Tuesday night.

The Coweta High Fieldhouse sprung a leak due to the rain, but nothing would slow Tahlequah.

The Lady Tigers’ defense forced 25 turnovers and never allowed Coweta (5-13, 2-6 Metro Lakes Conference) to get into any kind of rhythm.

O’Donnell scored from short or long range. She had three 3-point baskets, five steals and six rebounds. This was her second straight game over 20 points.

“We’re finally starting to mesh together,” O’Donnell said of the last four games. “We’re not worrying about the play we’re trying to run, but just hustling. That has taken the pressure off.”

The ball movement to open players was superb. Point guard Marisa Girdner had five assists while Lindsay Wade and Casey Beaston had two each.

“My role is pretty much give and not take,” said Girdner, who even had a first-quarter blocked shot to her stats. “Coach wants me to help other people score, but when I do have the opportunity to score, I do.”

Girdner had five points, but her defense and ball passing were good.

Beaston followed O’Donnell with 12 points, six rebounds and two steals. Maegan Blevins was a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range and finished with nine points.

The game was tied at 11-all at the end of the first quarter. Tahlequah’s defense then forced a six-minute scoring drought from near the end of the first quarter to the 4:29 mark of the second. That was enough to pull away for good.

“The defense was good, but we’re shooting the ball well,” Tahlequah coach Chad Walker said. “That’s four good games in a row. They just look good. We are clicking at the right time.”

Tahlequah improved to 6-2 in Metro Lakes play and 11-7 overall. The Tigers were tied for second with Tulsa’s Bishop Kelley going into Tuesday’s game.

Kaycee Kelley led Coweta’s scoring with 10 points. Kelley was the only one on her team to score 10 or more.

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