UPDATE: The Lady Mustangs came back to win in the first round of regional playoffs on Friday. The girls advance to the regional championship game at 6:30 Monday at Daniel Webster.
UPDATE: Because of bad weather on Thursday, the regional basketball playoff games are moved back one day. Thursday games are Friday. Friday games are Saturday. Saturday games are Monday.
By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor
The Lady Mustangs won their district matchup Saturday and advanced to the regional winner’s bracket of the 4A basketball playoffs.
Oologah took down Blackwell 47-28 on the road. The Lady Mustangs played suffocating defense in the first half.
Senior Taylor McElhaney was feeding passes to her teammates and junior Brinley Evans was a force on both ends of the court.
“Defensively we played well andTaylormade a lot of nice passes for assists. Brinley did a nice job on the boards and she did a good job looking to score,” Oologah head coach Kandy Damron said. “We really appreciate the fans that made the (2-1/2 hour) trip to support us.”
The Lady Mustangs took the lead over Blackwell in the first period and never looked back.
Four different starters put points on the board and the Oologah defense was stingy. The Lady Mustangs were on top 9-3 after one period.
Evans had a pair of baskets in the second period. Jessica Wolf hit a three just before half and Oologah led 18-8 at the break.
Evans put up six points in the third quarter. Blackwell hit a three pointer, but the Lady Mustangs still led 33-16 going into the fourth.
Gracie Garrison scored eight points in the final period. Coach Damron started pulling her starters.
Blackwell took advantage and made three treys but it wasn’t nearly enough. Oologah got the 47-28 win and a spot in the winner’s bracket.
Evans led the team with 15 points, Garrison had 10, McElhaney had 9, Alex Edinger and Ali Nakvinda had 4 each, Wolf had 3 and Courtney Sappington had 2 points.
Tenth ranked Oologah (17-5) will go on the road to take on 16th ranked Berryhill (16-6) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.