By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press
OKLAHOMA CITY —
To win in the state tournament it takes other players stepping up. Thursday night in the Class A state quarterfinals, Frontier’s Thristan Young rose to the occasion with 26 points to lead the No. 4 Lady Mustangs to a 79-71 victory over the No. 17 Arkoma Lady Mustangs at Jim Norick State Fair Arena.
“They were determined to not let our little guards get shots off,” Frontier coach Bob Weckstein said. “They made us beat them somewhere else. Thankfully we were able to.”
Most of Young’s scoring was from the outside as she hit five 3-pointers. Young also led the team in rebounds with nine. Shooting guard Michaelanne Nelson scored 11 points on three 3-pointers. Kristan Molina, who usually is Frontier’s big contributor from outside, only shot 2 for 6 for 4 points.
Frontier also got strong play from its senior post Marissa Goodman, who scored 29 points, grabbed eight rebounds, blocked a shot and stole the ball twice.
“She did what she had to do — score,” Weckstein said.
The Lady Mustangs (25-4) grabbed a 14-4 lead on Arkoma with 3-pointers by Michaelanne Nelson and Young. Most of the first half, Frontier led by double digits most of the game but only led 41-33 at halftime.
Julia Anderson’s play inside and Rosa Orpo’s outside shooting kept Arkoma in the game. Anderson scored 12 in the first half and Orpo made three 3-pointers for 11 points at halftime. Orpo made four more 3-pointers in the second half to finish with 23.
Arkoma (25-5) trailed by double digits most of the second half and didn’t get closer than eight points. Most of the Lady Mustangs scoring was from outside as they hit 15 3-pointers.
Frontier advances to the state semifinals and will face the No. 7 Seiling Lady Cats (22-5) at 7:30 p.m. at Jim Norick State Fair Arena. Weckstein said they are evenly matched.
“They are salty,” Weckstein said. “They have a good matchup zone and guard you. They don’t give you a lot of open shots. We are going to try to get some in transition and get some inside.”