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Lady Bombers upset in opening round of state

Midwest City’s Saliyah Landon (2) fights for a loose ball against Booker T. Washington during a Class 5A state quarterfinal game Thursday evening at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Photo by Jay Wiggins for the Midwest City beacon

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

NORMAN – The Midwest City girls led much of the night against Booker T. Washington in the Class 5A state quarterfinals on Thursday night.

But couldn’t close out the win.

Washington advanced to the state semifinals with a 55-49 victory at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Marcayla Johnson, a Baylor commit, scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lady Hornets. She was 14 of 19 at the free throw line, including the final four points of the game.

After losing the lead late in the third quarter, Midwest City got within a point in the final minute. Washington answered with five straight points for the win.

“We were up most of the game but just couldn’t get some shots to fall at the end,” said Midwest City coach Megan Knight. “We had 14 turnovers and they scored eight or 10 points off those and that was a big one for us. And we needed to do a little better at the end of the night.”

Midwest City took control in the first quarter. De’Yanna Douglas had a couple of early baskets and the Lady Bombers led 9-4 at the end of the first.

Washington rallied in the second for a 16-13 lead. Ceidi Johnson tied the game 16-16 with a 3-pointer and added another at the buzzer for a 23-21 halftime lead.

The Lady Bombers maintained the lead for much of the third. Tierra Owens and Marcayla Johnson hit big shots for BTW late in the quarter for a 37-36 lead.

Washington managed to stay in front in the fourth quarter. The Lady Bombers never let up and pulled within a point in the final minute. Douglas scored inside with 40 seconds left to make it a 50-49 score.

The Lady Hornets scored five straight points to close out the night. Johnson made her final four free throws for the 55-49 win.

Douglas scored 15 points and had nine rebounds and two blocks to lead the Lady Bombers. Sierra Martin finished with 11 points and Mar’Kia Pratt added seven.

It was a tough ending for Midwest City which hoped to win a state title. The Lady Bombers won district, regional and area titles this year and finished 23-4. The loss to Washington was their first against a 5A school all season.

“This was a disappointing loss,” Knight said. “We had a good season and thought we could win it all. I’m very proud of this group and what they’ve done.”

Midwest City will have a different look next year after graduating four senior starters with Martin, Douglas, Saliyah Landon and Saniyah Gaddis.

Midwest City’s De’Yanna Douglas fights for a loose ball during the Class 5A state quarterfinal game against Booker T. Washington Thursday evening at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Photo by Jay Wiggins for the Midwest City Beacon

Mar’Kia Pratt drives to the basket against Booker T. Washington. Photo by Jay Wiggins for the Midwest City Beacon

 

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