Tournaments can often bring unusual match-ups along with its fair share of challenges.

Tournaments can often bring unusual match-ups along with its fair share of challenges.

The Plainview Lady Indians certainly got all they could handle Thursday night in the opening round of the Southern Oklahoma Classic.

Despite a late fourth quarter rally, the Lady Indians were able to hold off a valiant Alma High School Lady Airedales squad, who made the nearly four-hour trip from Arkansas, winning 52-41 at the Plainview Activity Center. 

Alma grabbed an early 3-2 lead in the first quarter, and led by as many as four points with less than four minutes to go in the first quarter.

However, the Lady Indians managed to storm back and regain the lead at 11-10 with 2:19 left in the opening frame, eventually taking a 13-12 advantage into the second quarter.

The back-and-forth nature of the contest continued as the second frame began, with the Lady Airedales getting the lead back just 25 seconds into the quarter at 15-13.

Plainview managed to tie the game just moments later, and led by as many as seven points at the 3:42 mark before halftime.

But, Alma managed to fight its way back into the game, cutting the deficit to just three points going into the halftime break at 29-26.

The Lady Indians managed to go on a 9-5 run in the third quarter to seep Alma at bay, leading 39-31.

In the fourth, the Lady Airedales got to within five points with 1:19 left in the game, but the Lady Indians managed to hang on for the victory, moving to 3-0 on the season.

Amiya Howard led the Lady Indians with 16 points on the night, followed by Riley Grant with 14 points.

Megan Winchester and Peyton Jones each scored eight points in the game.

Plainview will play in the semifinals this evening at 7 p.m. against Mustang, who defeated Northeast Academy in its opening round contest.