Lady Indians place second at Latta
The Comanche Lady Indians advanced all the way to the championship game on Saturday of the Latta Panther Classic before falling to the home team, 39-34.
The Lady Indians held a 17-14 halftime lead, but Latta outscored them 25-17 in the second half to get the win.
Catie Blair and Gracee Miller were named to the all-tournament team.
Comanche opened the tournament with a 46-22 win over Lindsay on Thursday and then beat Washington in the semifinals, 54-27, on Friday to advance to the finals.
“You always want to win a tournament, but I thought we played pretty well,” said Megan Robbins, head coach. “Latta is a good team (ranked No. 3 in Class 2A with an 8-0 record). We executed our game plan pretty well in the first half, but we made some mental mistakes. With the exception of Gracee Miller, Kynli Morris and Caity Blair, we don’t have a lot of experience and we made some mental mistakes late in the game. They will get better at those as they get more experience.”
Overall, though, Robbins said she was pleased.
“I’m pretty happy with the way we competed,” Robbins said.
Miller led Comanche in the championship game with 14 points. Kylie Roden and Kamrey Rendon had six points each to tie for second on the team. Blair and Morris had four each.
The Lady Indians got off to a slow start with the exception of Kylie Roden’s two three-pointers that gave Comanche an 8-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Indians would go on to take a 17-1 halftime lead.
The offense got rolling a little better in the third as Comanche outscored Lindsay 13-6 to take a 30-16 lead into the final quarter. The Lady Indians then had their biggest quarter of the game, scoring 16 points to pull away for the win.
Gracee Miller had 14 points to lead Comanche, followed by Kynli Morris with nine, Bri Keeling with eight, Kenley Lemons with seven, Roden with six and Keira Pineda with two.
The Lady Warriors would come in as the higher-ranked team, but it would be the Lady Indians who would assert their dominance in the game.
Comanche took a 12-4 lead at the end of the first period and then pushed the lead to 15 points at halftime, 27-12.
The Lady Indians kept up the pressure in the third, outscoring the Lady Warriors, 19-4 to take a comfortable 46-16 lead into the final quarter.
Gracee Miler had 20 points to lead Comanche, followed by Kenley Lemons with nine, Kylie Roden with six, Kynli Morris with six, Bri Keeling with four, Caity Blair with four and Keira Pineda with two.
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