Millerettes face No. 7 Edmond Memorial

In opening round of regionals

Sunny Middleton looks to drive the lane against Mustang’s Kyla Misuraca in the regular season finale. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
Tough challenges.
Yukon has one on Thursday as the Millerettes head into the playoffs.
YHS will face host team Edmond Memorial in the Region II Tournament Thursday at 8 p.m. at Memorial.
The Millerettes, 6-16, faced the No. 7 ranked Lady Bulldogs, 16-7, in the elimination game. The winner plays the Choctaw-Putnam City North winner for the regional title on Saturday afternoon.
The teams met in the second game of the season and Memorial won 51-37 at Memorial. YHS made a late run to cut the final margin to 14.
“It is always tough to play a regional on someone’s home floor,” Millerette head coach Roy Wyckoff said. “We played them a good game the first time we met, but that was early in the season and they are a better team. Hopefully we go in as a better team as well.
“We have to put two good halves together to have a chance against Memorial,” he said. “Everyone wants to get that first win and that is what we are going to prep and work for.”
The Millerettres closed the regular season with a 62-37 loss to Mustang in the annual Bedlam on the Court second match. MHS swept the season series.
Yukon kept the game close through most of the furst half until a late Lady Bronco run opened a 35-23 lead.
After the Millerettes close the gap to 35-27, Mustang went in a 15-0 run that put the game out of reach.
“We did a lot of good stuff in the first half,” Wyckoff said. “We took too quick of a shot right at the end of the second quarter and they hit a trey to made it 12 instead of seven or six.
“In the third quarter, we didn’t do a good enough job of getting to their shooters and gave them too many stand still shots instead of making them put it on the floor,” he said. “We didn’t contain the ball enough and gave them too many second chances. We don’t score enough to give good teams second and third chances.”
The Millerettes kept the game close early. A trey from Natalie Laidley made it 10-7 and one from A’munique Holmes cut the margin to 14-10.
Two treys from Holmes closed the margin to 18-16 before MHS went on an 8-0 run and closed the half on a 9-7 run to open a 35-23 halftime lead.
Holmes led the scoring with 16 points, Laidley added 11 and Sunny Middleton had seven.
“The Mustang game was like a really good practice for us to get ready for Thursday,” Wyckoff said. “Not that winning the game was not important, we were just taking it into perspective that this game meant very little if we could get better from it.”