FOX — While it might not go down as one of the more historic trilogies in high school sports, the Springer Lady Cardinals and Fox Lady Foxes have certainly seen more than their fair share of each other this season.

FOX — While it might not go down as one of the more historic trilogies in high school sports, the Springer Lady Cardinals and Fox Lady Foxes have certainly seen more than their fair share of each other this season.

Saturday night at the Fox Den, it was the Lady Cardinals having the last word in the third installment of this rivalry, as Springer claimed the South Central Conference tournament title with a 46-25 victory over Fox.

The win for the Lady Cardinals was the second time this season they have defeated Fox in tournament play.

“You just don’t know who is going to show up in this conference as far as girls teams go,” Springer coach Traci Dragg said. “It’s just a roller coaster every game. What’s going to make our team better is if everyone plays their part. We are starting to mature as a team, and this is where you want to be at this time of the year.”

Springer ran into trouble early when Madison Mapp was forced to sit with two fouls in the first quarter.

Enter Marliena Amaya, who scored five points in the first half to make up for her teammate not being in the game.

Despite being down 5-1 in the first quarter, the Lady Cardinals managed to lead 6-5 going into the second, thanks in part to a three-point shot from Amaya.

There were some other Lady Cardinals stepping up their game as well in the first half, most notably Kamryn Sampson who registered five steals in the second quarter alone, while finishing with seven points on the night. 

Sampson’s defensive performance helped build a 23-11 advantage for the Lady Cardinals going into halftime. 

“It just comes down to the way we work our defense,” Sampson said. “When we’re able to trap, then it gives me the opportunity to steal the ball and make things happen for us. This conference title means more to us than anything else ever has before. It shows what we’re capable of doing.”

Fox managed to claw its way back in the second half, but never got into a scoring rhythm like it had the first two games of the tournament.

At the end of the third quarter, it was Springer leading 26-19, before the Lady Cardinals held the Lady Foxes to just six points in the fourth quarter.

As the buzzer sounded, the Lady Cardinals mobbed each other in front of their bench, celebrating the first conference title for coach Dragg in her four year history at Springer.

“In the four years I’ve been at Springer, we’d never made the finals of a tournament,” Dragg said. “Forming this conference was a huge thing for us, and it’s given our girls something very special as far as recognition goes.” 

Leading the way for the Lady Cardinals scoring wise was Kailee Lathum with 12 points followed by Jazmyn Powell and Alle Schmidt each with eight points. 

Maps finished with six points in the contest for Springer (9-3).

“This is just a blessing for me to play with this team,” Lathum said. “12 points is my highest scoring game so far and I was just lucky enough my shots fell tonight. My teammates helped make a lot of things happen tonight and we just try and do that for each other in every game.” 

Fox (7-2) was led by Jada Newhouse with seven points followed by Bree Phelps with six points.

Shytanna Bivings added five points.

The Lady Foxes will take on the Oklahoma School for the Deaf Monday night in Sulphur, while Springer will take on the Lady Indians from OSD on Wednesday.