BIXBY — The Verdigris Lady Cardinals kept alive their dream of a gold ball with a thrilling 52-42 area tournament victory over Cascia Hall on Thursday evening in Whitey Ford Fieldhouse. Next challenge for the 21-7 Lady Cardinals is a battle with Morris this afternoon in Bixby. A win today coupled with another on Saturday will secure a berth in next week’s state tournament. Verdigris led 12-9 after one and carried a 24-19 advantage to the locker room at intermission but could not run away from Cascia Hall. The Lady Commandos pulled within 35-32 at the end of three quarters. Two free throws from Jaime Rahilly to begin the fourth, briefly brought Cascia Hall to within a single point at 35-34 in a contest where they had never led. A steal and breakaway layup by Mallary Schaub made the score 37-34. Seconds later, Schaub stole a Cascia Hall in-bound pass that ultimately became a traditional 3-point play. With just over two minutes remaining, Verdigris now led 40-36. The teams had traded baskets when the suddenly red-hot Schaub exploded again with 1:02 to play. This “Mallary Moment” was the knock-out blow for Verdigris and put Cascia Hall away for good. During the next 22-seconds, Schaub pilfered another Lady Commando pass, drove the right baseline and scored, was then fouled not once, but twice and converted all four free throws. In a flash, the Verdigris lead had become 11-points. A half-minute later the Lady Cardinal victory was secure 52-42. Schaub led Verdigris with a game high 16-points. All but five were scored in the fourth quarter. Julia Mitchell followed with a 12-point, 10-rebound “Double-Double” performance for the Lady Cardinals. Bridget Young scored 9-points for Cascia Hall as no Lady Commando reached double-figures.
#11 Verdigris 52, Cascia Hall 42 (girls)
CASCIA HALL 9 10 13 10 - 42
VERDIGRIS 12 12 11 17 - 52
Cascia Hall (11-15) – Bridget Young 9, Jaime Rahilly 8, Mary Katherine Minor 6, Kate Brandon 5, Nikki Price 4, Natalie Wallace 4, Liesl Spoerl 4, Emily Ward 2.
Verdigris (21-7) – Mallary Schaub 16, Julia Mitchell 12, Shaylinn Vestal 8, Amanda Stout 5, Alyssa Sunday 5, Brittany Crow 3, Shannon Swopes 3.