In order for the Keys Lady Cougars to claim the Regional Consolation championship and move on to the Area tournament, they would first have to take a measure of revenge against the Westville Lady Yellowjackets.
The Lady Cougars did just that, making five-of-seven free throws in the final minute to squeeze out a hard-fought 40-36 win.
Leading 33-32 with 5:45 to play, Keys held Westville to just one field goal and four points the rest of the way, avenging a 62-42 loss to the same Yellowjackets in last weekend's district round.
"We came in a bit more focused," Keys head coach Leon Ashlock said while comparing the two games. "We made a conscious effort to slow things down and make them work defensively. The main thing was to take care of the ball."
The Lady Cougars also had a surprise up their sleeve, deploying a 1-3-1 zone for the first time all season in the first quarter. Keys would lead 13-6 after the first quarter and by as much as 17-6 in the second following a 12-0 run.
But the Lady Yellowjackets would fight their way back into the game, taking a 25-24 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.
"I told the girls that whoever works hardest today would win the game," Ashlock said.
The Lady Cougars were led by Guthrie's 14 points. Micah Henry and Sidney Kimble had 10 points a piece.
Keys 62, Pocola 40 (Friday)
The Keys Lady Cougars beat Pocola 62-40 on Friday afternoon at the Muskogee Civic Center. And the game wasn't nearly as close as the final scored indicated.
Micah Henry scored 14 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to propel Keys into Class 3A Area IV Region 2 final.
The Lady Cougars (15-9) led 17-1 after one quarter and bumped their lead to 19-1 in the second frame. And the rout was on from there.
"That's how I wanted it to go," said Keys coach Leon Ashlock, whose team won its second game in as many days after beating Colcord on Thurday. "That very rarely happens, but we played tough."
Keys' full-court pressure gave the Lady Indians fits throughtout the entire first half as the the Lady Cougars led 34-12 at the break.
LeeKelli Kennedy poured in 13 points while Micah Henry chipped in with 12 for the Lady Cougars, who were 26-of-55 (47 percent) from the field.
Megan Severe scored a game-high 16 points for Pocola (15-10).