By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
NORMAN – Playoffs are still months away, but the Midwest City girls got a little taste of the competition last week in the Joe Lawson Memorial Invitational.
After an overtime loss to host Norman on Friday night, the Lady Bombers bounced back Saturday afternoon to beat Norman North for third place in the tournament.
“This was really because it helps us get ready for the playoffs and we got to play really good competition,” said coach Megan Knight. “We talked about how this game felt like an area tournament. If you get beat the first night you need to bounce back and play someone really good the next night.”
Midwest City (4-1) went 2-1 in the tournament with wins over Classen SAS and Norman North and the loss to Norman. The three games were decided by a total of eight points.
“This was about playing through adversity and seeing what we could do against some really good teams,” Knight said. “We still have some injuries and have girls that are finding their roles. I’m really proud of what we were able to do this weekend.”
They opened the tournament with a 58-57 win over Classen SAS on Thursday. Mar’Kia Pratt led the team with 13 points.
The Lady Bombers fell short against Norman in the semifinals 63-61 in overtime. Norman standout Keeley Parks scored 51 of her team’s 63 points including the game-winning layup in overtime.
Midwest City led by two points at the end of the third. Parks scored seven in the fourth quarter and helped send the game to overtime, despite missing four free throws.
With the game tied in overtime, Midwest City was holding the ball for the final shot but were hit with a five-second call. Parks took the ball on the final possession, hitting an off-balance shot in the lane for the win.
On Saturday, the Lady Bombers put their disappointment behind them and topped Norman North 55-50 in the third-place game at Norman High School.
After leading 30-25 at halftime, Midwest City exploded in the second half. De’Yanna Douglas put them up by double digits when she scored a basket on the offensive glass with 45 seconds left in the quarter.
That lead grew to 13 early in the fourth. Pratt scored to give Midwest City a 47-34 advantage.
North responded with a hot streak of their own. They went on a 12-0 run and pulled within a point at 47-46.
Douglas finally snapped the run with a basket in the paint with 2:38 to play. North kept it a one-possession game the rest of the way.
Midwest City’s Sierra Martin and Saniyah Gaddis missed free throws in the final minute, but Pratt sank a pair to seal the 55-50 win.
“We came together as a team and learned a lot at this tournament,” Pratt said. “Playing in these tough games will help us in districts and the playoffs.”
Douglas finished with a game-high 28 points and was named to the all-tournament team.
“De’Yanna brings a lot of post presence for us, especially if the other team doesn’t have a dominant player inside,” Knight said.
North’s Selah Harmon scored 22 points including 13 in the fourth quarter. She was also named to the all-tournament team.
Midwest City also beat Santa Fe South 73-26 on Dec. 5. Martin, Douglas and Pratt each scored 14 points in the district victory.
The team played John Marshall on Tuesday and will host Del City on Friday night.