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February 22, 2013

Regional Downer

Tahlequah drops Coweta; loses guard to ankle injury

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TAHLEQUAH — Having swept Coweta during regular-season play in the Metro Lakes Conference, Tahlequah eliminated any hopes Coweta had for an upset in the first quarter. Tahlequah used a 16-0 run — which spilled into the second quarter — to turn a 2-2 tie into an 18-2 runaway.

“Everyone was talking about how their is a superstition where you can’t beat a team three times in a season, and everybody was nervous about that,” Girdner said. “I kind of felt like, we beat this team by 20 both times, and — I knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park — but I knew if we did what we were supposed to do, it would be easy.”

Coweta, which was 11 of 45 from the field in the game, started the game 1 of 6 from the floor. Kaycee Kelley made Coweta’s lone field goal in the first quarter, and the regional’s No. 4 seed didn’t score again until Kaitlyn Norton knocked down two free throws inside six minutes to play in the second period.

Tahlequah wasn’t overly sharp while shooting the basketball, but it did manage to knock down 21 of 54 field-goal attempts.

“We’re shooting the ball well,” Walker said. “...Right now, everything is working.”

Haley Brewster paced Coweta with 12 points, and Norton tallied 11 points as Coweta’s season ended at 6-17.

As for his assessment of Chickasha on Saturday, Walker noticed one thing about the Lady Chicks: their height.

“They’re big, they’re really big,” he said. “But we’re not going to change what we do. We’re going to try and push the ball and get easy baskets.”

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