Despite a state championship banner hanging on the wall, and coming into the game with a superior record, Sulphur didn’t rest on its laurels Saturday night. It was hair-on-fire basketball, with the Lady Bulldogs fighting for every inch.

SULPHUR — With a district championship on the line, Sulphur’s hardwood floor became a sea of red, quickly. 

Outstretched hands and shuffling feet were everywhere. Getting the ball past half court was a triumph, scoring a basket was a miracle for the Bridge Creek Lady Bobcats.

Within 10 minutes the scoreboard flashed 24-2 as a rabid Lady Bulldogs basketball team turned the Class 4A District 2 title game into a feeding frenzy, as Sulphur blitzed Bridge Creek with a 60-30 win.

Sulphur advances to face Classen in the first round of Regionals 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Hall.

Despite a state championship banner hanging on the wall, and coming into the game with a superior record, Sulphur didn’t rest on its laurels Saturday night. It was hair-on-fire basketball, with the Lady Bulldogs fighting for every inch.

Mission accomplished for Sulphur coach Toby Todd.

“Before the game a lot of times we talk about X’s and O’s — tonight we focused on mindset,” Todd said. “It was the factor tonight; from the tip to the very end, all 14 of them. I loved our girls' mindset tonight.”

Sulphur’s full-court press trapped Bridge Creek’s guards and gave them little to no breathing room leading to turnover after turnover and a flood of fastbreak points. 

It took 11 minutes for Bridge Creek to push past the 2 point mark after finding a basket early in the first quarter. 

A reach-in foul gave Bridge Creek free throws.

Todd said players like senior forward Logan Gentry, who’s battled injuries throughout her career and is currently playing with a partial ACL tear give his team a contagious edge. Gentry scored six points in the first quarter and finished with 10 before sitting out the fourth.

“She’s a girl who’s gone through a lot,” Todd said. “She went through an ACL injury her sophomore year, tore the other her junior year, and she’s playing with a partial tear now. To do what she does and move the way she does is a testament to what type of worker and player she is. She’s gritty, tough and loves to compete, Her mindset is contagious.”

 Midway through the second, Sulphur called off its full-court press and the Lady Bulldogs went into halftime with a 39-15 lead.

 Sulphur guard Peyton Row, after being held scoreless in the first quarter, went off in the second and third, scoring 13 points. Row’s handles kept the Lady Bobcats wobbling on their ankles, as she sliced into the lane, teasing taller defenders before leaping away from the paint with fadeaway layups.

 But a workmanlike performance from Kady Lynch led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring. Lynch scored 15 points, mostly through contact or on the free throw line in three quarters of action.

 After building up a 49-24 lead, Todd emptied his bench and all 14 players took part in the District Championship win.

“Going in, Bridge Creek was a lot better than their record, they play in a tough conference and face tough competition,” he said. “They’re a good team. Not gonna complain after this one. Any time you get that first win in the playoffs it’s a good feeling. The girls worked hard, and they’re very deserving.”