PARK HILL — The Keys girls earned a 62-46 win over Catoosa Tuesday night inside Cougar Fieldhouse.
The Lady Cougars were led by Sydni Rainbolt’s 17 points and 12 rebounds. Mylee Hewitt added 15 for the home side.
Rainbolt scored just two points in the first half, but Morgan Drywater picked up the slack in the post by scoring all 10 of her points in the game’s first 16 minutes.
“Opponents come into our games keying on Mylee, Sydni and Ali (Nolan),” Keys coach Mickey Duncan said. “Not everyone knows who Morgan is yet, but she has really come on lately. She’s a big part of what we’re trying to do, and as she gets better, she’s going to make life easier for Sydni and Mylee.”
Rainbolt found her groove in the second half, shooting 6 of 7 from the field and scoring 15 points.
“We told Sydni at halftime that she needed to take over, and she was able to do that,” Duncan said. “We wish we could have gotten that effort the whole game, but we’re happy she was able to perform as well as she did.”
Keys never trailed in the contest despite shooting just 9-for-27 (33 percent) from the field in the first half. The Lady Cougars were able to take advantage of early Catoosa foul trouble, making 15 of their first 16 free-throw attempts.
The home team led 15-8 after the first quarter and took a 36-20 advantage into the locker room. Catoosa was able to battle back to within seven points early in the fourth quarter, but a 9-0 run from the home side squashed any hopes of a potential comeback.
Keys finished the game shooting 39 percent (19-for-49) from the field and 71 percent (22-for-31) from the charity stripe.
“We have an important stretch right now with two road games upcoming,” said Duncan, whose club will play at Fort Gibson Friday night before going to Sequoyah Saturday. “We try to set goals for the week to be undefeated. That can’t happen if you don’t win on Tuesday, so we’re happy to be able to start the week off on a high note.”