By Michael Kinney
Midwest City Beacon
MOORE— When Midwest City made its way down to Moore for the 49th Annual John Nobles Invitational, there were very few teams in the state playing better. Since the start of 2024, each of their wins had been by double digits.
However, the run came to an end in Moore when they lost their first two games of the tournament.
“I think it was really good for us with the physicality,” Midwest City coach Megan Maloy said. “Right now in our districts, we’re not seeing that as much every single day. And so seeing Bixby that they’re a very physical, very good team and going into overtime with them was really good for us. And then bouncing back and seeing Choctaw, who is undefeated, was good. Kind of had to push through.”
The Bombers closed out the tourney Saturday by facing host Moore. Once again they faced off with another physical squad. But this time they were able to come through with a 58-54 victory.
“Just seeing those girls when they could have put their head down after two losses, we haven’t lost much this year, so that hurts you mentally when you’re thinking about losing, you’re not used to it,” Maloy said. “I was just proud of them for pushing through that and staying physical and keeping our heads and bringing it out.”
Against Moore, senior De’Yanna Douglas started the game on the bench due to being late to shootaround. But it didn’t take long for the Lady Bombers leading scorer to check into the game.
Douglas immediately scored four points to help settle the game down. Despite that, the Lady Bombers trailed 29-26 at halftime.
With the game tied at 52-52 and just three minutes left in the game, senior Sierra Martin scored to give Midwest City the lead. After a missed shot by the Lady Lions, Martin scored again with just 1:32 left.
That was all Midwest City needed to hold on for the victory.
Martin laced the Lady Bombers with 15 points. That includes scoring seven in the fourth quarter. Douglas ended the day with 11 points, despite being in foul trouble. Mar’kia Pratt chipped in with 11 points.
“The key was just playing together,’ Maloy said. “Martin and Douglas are big pieces, especially offensively for us. They’re big bodies and so they’re doing a good job. Both of them are stepping up in spots where we need them. When we need a bucket, they’re able to go get that. And so just sticking together, pushing through it, and just focusing on us.”
The Lady Bombers started the tournament with one of the tougher draws in the six team field. Facing a solid Bixby squad Midwest City was taken to overtime before falling 68-64 to the Lady Spartans.
The defeat ended an eight-game win streak that stretched back to early December.
It didn’t get any easier for Midwest City on Friday when they took on Choctaw. The Lady Yellowjackets came into the tournament undefeated and sitting in first place in District 6A-4.
Despite the two teams giving a spirited fight, it was Choctaw who pulled away late for a 61-47 victory to advance to the tournament championship game.
“You just got to learn to just let it go,” Douglas said. “You just got to learn from your mistakes, learn from what happened, and just be prepared for the next game.”