Both Healdton teams won by double digits.
HEALDTON — Caycee Griffin brought a refuse-to-lose mentality Monday night.
It was Senior Night.
Calera’s three-point shooting threatened to ruin the festivities. Griffin refused to allow that to happen, scoring five of the Lady Bulldogs’ final 13 points.
Healdton’s 1-3-1 defense inspired confidence and created fast-break opportunities due to tipped passes. The zone also helped the hosts build an early lead in their 64-45 win Monday at Healdton High School.
Griffin said she had a refuse-to-lose mindset.
“I’m excited that I won since it was my last home game,” Griffin said. “We all went out with a good game.”
With 4:51 remaining in the final quarter, Calera’s Maddie Partain hit a 3-pointer that cut the visitors’ deficit to 51-45, as small as it had been since the early stages.
The Lady Bulldogs missed their next three 3-pointers; Healdton struggled with turnovers — until 2:51 remained and Griffin converted a three-point play, starting the home team’s game-ending 13-0 run.
Healdton (11-9) coach Mike Phillips noted Griffin was more aggressive on Monday night.
“She went after it,” Phillips said, adding that she doesn’t usually get in foul trouble. “As far as leadership, even when she was on the bench, she was talking to the girls. That’s what you want out of your senior: being a leader and taking care of business when she’s out there.”
Griffin played throughout the second half — until about 30 seconds remaining and the result was in hand.
Mayson Sullivan also scored four points in that game-ending run.
Sullivan and Brittany Jennings led Healdton with 13 points apiece. Torree Wingo and Griffin added 12 and 10, respectively.
She played the point in the Lady Bulldogs’ 1-3-1 in the first half. Healdton led 11-3 about halfway through the first quarter and never looked back.
“I feel like that’s the best defense we run,” Sullivan said, smiling broadly.
Phillips noted Sullivan’s wingspan in terms of why she’s effective in that role.
"That's probably her best defense, for sure," Phillips said. "I think our girls find a lot of confidence in it, so they do like it. I think we run a couple things pretty good, but whatever they have confidence in, that's what we're gonna run because they're gonna run it better."
Healdton changed up its defenses, Phillips added.
He also gave credit to Partain, who hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Calera attempted to rally. (Logan Mullens — who scored a game-high 19 points — converted three of her four 3-pointers in the third quarter.)
Bayli Thompson scored a second-chance bucket and Whisper Emberling added a hoop.
Jennings collected a pair of rebounds on Calera’s missed 3-pointers.
Moreover, with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter, Jennings hit a 3-pointer to push Healdton’s lead back to double digits (39-27). She dished out three assists as Healdton took a 45-33 lead into the final period.
"The thing I like about her is (that) she is so fast. She makes no-look passes. We have to tell our girls: 'Make sure you have your hands are ready,'" Phillips said, chuckling as he recalled the lesson.
Healdton won despite Calera converting eight of its nine 3-pointers after halftime.
"We're peaking," Phillips said, "right at the right time."
Calera 4 12 17 12 — 45
Healdton 15 12 18 19 — 64
Healdton: Mayson Sullivan 13, Britany Jennings 13, Torree Wingo 12, Caycee Griffin 10, Bayli Thompson 9, Maddie Bradberry 4, Whisper Emberling 2, Josie Brooks 1.
Calera: Logan Mullens 19, Maddie Partain 18, Hannah Carter 3, Kya Hawk 3, Kendra St. Clair 2.
Healdton: 4 (Jennings 2, Wingo, Sullivan)
Calera: 9 (Partain 4, Mullens 4, Carter)
Boys: Healdton 66, Calera 55
The Bulldogs’ four seniors started: Connor Ellis, Andy Jackson, Devin Henderson and Trey Shaw joined Denton Miller in the starting lineup.
It’s Senior Night.
Denton Miller scored the Bulldogs’ initial eight points.
Five players scored in the fourth quarter as Healdton delivered a win for its four seniors, 66-55, to complete the sweep Monday.
Nate Lindsey scored a team-high seven points in that final quarter.
Case Tolliver added six, while John and Coty Scott scored four and three points, respectively, for Healdton (14-6).
“They didn’t have an answer for our post play and we finally made some free throws,” Healdton coach Mike Worsham said.
Denton Miller added five in the final quarter as the host Bulldogs scored 25 points in the period.
He and Tolliver paced Healdton with 16 points apiece.
Healdton hit 9 of 15 fourth-quarter free throws.
Calera 10 14 12 19 — 55
Healdton 16 14 11 25 — 66
Healdton: Denton Miller 16, Case Tolliver 16, John Scott 10, Nate Lindsey 10, Coty Scott 7, Zac Benton 4, Andy Jackson 3.
Healdton: 5 (Miller 3, John Scott 2)