By Chuck Reherman
MUSTANG – It wasn’t the way Yukon wanted to start out Bedlam on the Court I.
And, it sure wasn’t the Millerettes wanted to finish.
Mustang blanked the Millerettes in the opening quarter and used the free throw line to their advantage in the fourth quarter to hand YHS a 51-39 Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference loss, Tuesday night in Mustang.
It was the first time this season the Millerettes, 11-7, have been shut out in the first quarter. MHS led only 7-0 after the first eight minutes after struggling to hit shots.
Yukon, who trailed by as many as 13 points, rallied to within four, 41-37, midway in the fourth quarter. But, YHS could not get any closer as the Lady Broncos hit key shots down the stretch.
“We did a good job of cutting the lead to four, then we lost sight of (Cur’Tiera) Haywood and she hit a big three and came back and got some free throws that put the game basically out of reach.
“We didn’t do enough early, we just got in too big of a hole,” he added. “It is hard to not score any points in a quarter and beat a good team. We got down 13 or 14 in the second quarter, chipped away at the lead, but it was just too big of a hole.
“You have to give them credit, they packed in a zone, they just shot and we didn’t hit any shots. That first quarter we didn’t get any penetration and paint touches. We missed some shots that weren’t bad shots, but if someone plays a 2-3 zone you have to hit shots and we didn’t. If you don’t make shots and make them extend out, they just make it tighter.”
The Millerettes were down by seven, 39-32, early in the second quarter and used a Kristen Readel field goal and a trey from Jules Martin to cut the lead to four, 41-37.
A pair of Mia Brown free throws gave Mustang a six-point lead, and after two missed Millerette free throws, Haywood connected on a trey for a 46-37 lead.
Mustang hit four more free throws to run the lead out to 13, 30-37, with 1:20 remaining. A pair of Readel free throws cut the lead to 11, but the Millerettes would not score in the final minute.
The Millerettes could not get any shots to fall in the opening quarter, missing nine and going 0-2 from the free throw line. Mustang used field goals from Kyra Misuraca and Amber Metzinger to take a 7-0 lead.
Two Ashlynn Basler treys in the opening minute of the second quarter brought the Millerettes within one, 7-6. A Elise Foreman trey and a Jaycee Freshour field goal gave the Lady Broncos a 12-6 lead.
A second Metzinger trey and one from Haywood opened the MHS lead to 20-10. MHS used a three-point play from Freshour and a two Lindsie Reed free throws to open a 25-13 lead. MHS led 27-17 at the half.
“We need to get the ball to touch the paint and get some kickouts for high percentage shots,” Wyckoff said. “We didn’t get a lot of kickouts, we hit a few when we did.
“When someone packs in a zone and you can’t hit an outside jumper, it makes it hard,” he added. ‘Mustang is a good team, they were better than us tonight and we need to get better.”
Basler led the YHS scoring with 15 points (all on threes). Becka Cammon added seven and Martin had six.
The Millerettes have been only 1-3 in COAC games in January, but did come away with a road win at Stillwater, 37-36.
YHS used free throws from Readel and Cammon in the closing seconds to earn the win.
Yukon trailed 31-30 in the fourth quarter and used a Basler trey to take a 33-31 lead. Cammon hit a shot for a 35-33 lead and the free throws helped iced the game.
“We were fortunate to get a one-point win,” Wyckoff said. “We are having trouble scoring right now and we have to figure that out.
“It’s hard to win games if you are having trouble scoring,” he added. “That’s one thing we have to get figure out over the next couple of days, especially with who we have coming up on our schedule.”
The Millerettes scored in double figures in only one quarter in the game.
Stillwater’s Jaci Littell hit a pair of free throws early and two buckets late in the quarter to give the Lady Pioneers a 12-8 lead. SHS led 12-5 before Martin hit a trey in the closing seconds.
The Millerettes did cut the lead to 12-10 early in the second quarter on a Basler field goal. Stillwater went on a 6-2 run to open an 18-12 lead, but the Millerettes did make a late run, but trailed by five, 22-17, at the break.
Yukon did chip away at the lead on a field goal and three free throws from Cammon to close to one.
Cammon led the scoring with 12, Martin had seven and Sunny Middleton had six.
By Chuck Reherman