MADILL — The Plainview Lady Indians used a strong third quarter to give them the advantage they needed to pull away for a 68-49 Lake Country Conference victory over the Madill Lady Wildcats Tuesday night at Wildcat Fieldhouse.
Plainview improved to 6-5 on the year and 1-3 in Lake Country Conference play. Madill fell to 3-8, 0-3 with the loss.
The game was close throughout the first half with plenty of lead changes. Both teams showed patience by working the ball inside for higher percentage shots. A layup by Plainview’s Avamarie
Blackmon at the buzzer gave the Lady Indians a 17-15 lead after the first eight minutes.
Plainview’s Anna Simmons scored nine of Plainview’s 13 second-quarter points to help keep the Lady Indians in the tight game. Both teams stiffened with their defenses and the buckets became harder and harder to get a clean look at.
The Plainview lead grew by one in the second and the two teams headed to intermission with the Lady Indians holding a 30-27 advantage.
Plainview’s defense toughened even more in the third quarter and allowed the Lady Wildcats just nine points in the frame.
The Lady Indians opened the third on a 9-2 run that put them up by 10 points and 39-29
For the game Plainview hit 27 of 56 from the floor (48 percent) to just 36 percent (19 of 53) for Madill.
The Lady Indians had a small 29-25 edge in rebounding and hit 13 of 19 from the line to the Lady Wildcats’ 8 of 13.
Heading to the fourth, the Lady Indian lead had grown to 51-36.
Plainview went on to outscore Madill 17-13 in the fourth to pull away for the 19-point victory.
Simmons led the Lady Indians with 22 points. Amiya Howard had 14 points, and Tally Morris finished with 11 points.
Ashlynn Arnold, Cloe Austin and Rylee Ruff all scored nine points to pace the Lady Wildcats.
Plainview will host Marietta Friday night while Madill will travel to Kingston.
Plainview 98 Madill 72
MADILL — The Plainview Indians almost made it to triple digits Tuesday night as they rolled past the Madill Wildcats 98-72 in Lake Country Conference action played at the Wildcat Fieldhouse.
Plainview improved to 10-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 in conference play, while also extending its current winning streak to eight straight games.
Madill fell to 2-9, 0-3 with the loss.
Plainview used its transition game to its full potential in this contest.
The Indians finished the game 40 of 66 from the floor (61 percent) to the Wildcats’ 44 percent (28-64).
In the opening quarter Madill managed to keep things close, but Plainview had three consecutive successful trips down the floor to pull ahead 22-16 heading to the second quarter.
The Wildcats struggled on the boards with Plainview owning a 50-13 rebounding advantage overall and an 11-7 edge on the offensive glass.
The Indians did commit 18 turnovers to Madill’s 11. And that was one of the issues raised by Plainview head coach Deon Stevenson following the game.
“Our transition game was running well tonight, and sometimes when you move that quickly you will have turnovers,” Stevenson said.
“I thought we were a bit lax in our defense at various points in the game. And we have to fix that. There will be nights that the shots just don’t fall, and we need our defense to be solid when those times come.”
“This was a good win for us because Madill always shoots the ball well here in their building,” Stevenson added. “Although we had too many turnovers, I am always pleased to get a win, especially on the road.”
Plainview’s 45-33 halftime lead ballooned to 69-49 after the third. Down the stretch it was a case of who could hit the most from beyond the 3-point line as the players wore down physically.
The Indians, however, out-scored the Wildcats 29-23 in the final eight minutes to move on for the win.
Brock Parham led the Indians with 25 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Chambers had 22 points and nine boards, and Cason Dillon finished with 21 points.
Justin Gillis led the Wildcats with 14 points. Tanner Barnes and Miguel Duran had 12 points each for Madill.
Plainview will host the Marietta Indians Friday night at 8 p.m. while Madill takes on No. 1 Kingston in a road contest.