By Andrew Glover
MORRISON, Okla. —
The Frontier Mustangs usually go as their senior post Marissa Goodman goes. While Goodman scored early, the Tonkawa Lady Buccaneers limited her production late in a 55-41 victory in the championship of the Mike Kerr Classic.
“Early on she was scoring pretty well,” Frontier coach Bob Weckstein said. “We just didn’t get any breaks. We weren’t able to bring down the ball and go. Once we set up, they smothered her.”
Goodman scored eight points in the first quarter but only scored nine the remainder of the game to finish with 17.
Tonkawa’s largest lead was five points early in the first quarter. Frontier held multiple two-point leads in the first half. With the Lady Buccaneers up by one, Frontier’s Michaelanne Nelson hit a 3-pointer to give Frontier a 20-18 lead. The lead switched hands twice with Frontier leading 24-23 at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Buccaneers swung the momentum their way behind the scoring of Samantha Allen, who scored nine points in the quarter. Allen finished the game with 20 points. Weckstein said the Lady Buccaneers had several good players. Tonkawa outscored Frontier 21-10 in the third quarter and led 44-34.
“They are quick and senior dominated,” Weckstein said.
The Lady Mustangs (11-2) struggled to hit from outside and trailed by double digits most of the fourth quarter. Weckstein said foul trouble also played a role.
“We missed some easy shots,” Weckstein said. “I give them a lot of credit. They are a good team. When we got in foul trouble with a couple of girls, our bench is so young and learning. We had some key turnovers there.”
Frontier won’t have to wait long for another crack at the Lady Buccaneers as it will meet them Tuesday in Red Rock.
“That’s good for us,” Weckstein said. “It shows us what we are weak at. We turn around and play them Tuesday. We are trying to get prepared for the playoffs.”