ATOKA — The Lady Lions dropped their second overtime game in as many tries, taking the 17th-ranked Lady Cats of Atoka to extra minutes before letting another game slip away.
The 52-47 loss on Tuesday was still a step in the right direction for the Durant ladies, despite the loss. Now they must re-group and prepare for tournament action on Thursday in Ada, when they will face 6A power Edmond Memorial (ranked No. 10). Game time is 10 a.m.
The Lady Lions dug holes but shot their way out several times, finally forcing the overtime. They trailed only 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and just 23-20 at halftime.
Katie Caraway scored nine of her 11 points in the first half. Kenzi Clapp led the Lady Lions with 16 points, including a pair of late threes which helped claw Durant back into the game.
The rally began early in the third as Durant went on a 6-0 run to take the lead. Morgan Steve helped with a pair of early blocks and steals, and the highlight was Alexa Richards scoring on an inbound pass. But Atoka made a run and led 37-30 after three quarters.
Durant trailed as much as nine and weathered a pair of cold shooting stretches before Clapp and Richards heated up. Richards scored five points in seven seconds to close the gap, then Clapp hit her back-to-back threes to tie the game at 45 in the final two minutes.
The Lady Cats had a pair of open looks, but the second shot was blocked by Steve. Wilhite missed an open but hurried shot at the buzzer, forcing extra time.
Costly turnovers and fouls allowed Atoka to take a 7-2 advantage in overtime, thanks also in part to the double bonus. Atoka’s Shaylynn Bass hit four free throws in OT on her way to a game-high 16 points.
Durant scorers: Clapp (15), Caraway (11), Alexa Richards (7, all in second half), Rheagan Jones (6), Morgan Steve (4), Riley Richards (2) and Kylie Manning (2).