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February 22, 2013

Regional Downer

Tahlequah drops Coweta; loses guard to ankle injury

TAHLEQUAH — In two games at the TMAC this season, Tahlequah beat Coweta by a combined 39 points. Both were extremely costly, though.

Tahlequah’s Desiree Phipps went down with a season-ending knee injury in Tahlequah’s 17-point victory on Dec. 15. On Thursday night in Tahlequah’s 57-35 blowout of Coweta in Class 5A regional tournament play, junior guard Randee O’Donnell went down with what appeared to be a ankle injury.

“It was kind of like when Desiree went down,” Tahlequah point guard Marisa Girdner said. “It was just like, ‘ah crap!’”

O’Donnell crumbled to the floor after going for an inbounds pass by Coweta with 48 seconds left in the second quarter. She slapped the floor in pain and had to be carried to the locker room at halftime.

“We took our time getting it taped up and put in ice,” Tahlequah coach Chad Walker said. “...She sprained it. It was a pretty good sprain, right above the ankle bone. We’ll see what happens.”

With the victory, 5A No. 7 Tahlequah advances to the regional finals at home for the second straight season. At 1:30 Saturday afternoon, the Lady Tigers will take on Chickasha, which beat Guthrie, 57-51, in overtime.

As for O’Donnell’s availability for Saturday’s contest, Girdner said, “I think she’ll be back before people think. I know Randee and she’s a tough kid.”

Walker, with a more definitive answer, said, “She won’t be back Saturday. It was swollen pretty good.”

Picking up the slack once O’Donnell went down was Girdner, who led Tahlequah (15-9) with 14 points on 4 of 8 shooting from the field. Whitney Wright added 12 points — 10 in the first half — for the home team, and Casey Beaston chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.

“We didn’t want to take (Coweta) lightly,” said Walker, who also got nine points from O’Donnell before she was injured. “We ran our man defense on them all night, and the girls played great defense, I thought.”

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