MADILL — While the Madill Winter Classic has always taken place at Wildcat Fieldhouse, the No. 16 Sulphur Lady Bulldogs have begun to make it their second home over the last three years.

MADILL — While the Madill Winter Classic has always taken place at Wildcat Fieldhouse, the No. 16 Sulphur Lady Bulldogs have begun to make it their second home over the last three years.

Saturday night, Sulphur completed a three-peat as the Lady Bulldogs won the girls championship for the third consecutive year by defeating the Liberty Christian Lady Warriors 45-40. 

The win moves Sulphur to 3-0 on the season, as the Lady Bulldogs played their first game of the year this week at the tournament. 

“This was one of those games for us tonight,” Sulphur coach Toby Todd said. “We just beat a very good 6A private school team from Texas that has won five state titles in the last 10 years. I’m so proud of the way each and every single girl paid attention to detail and played so hard tonight.”

“Abby Beck is a very good player and she was able to neutralize their 6’5” girl tonight (Bailey Lewis),” Todd added.

“We knew if we could get her (Abby Beck) away from the ball tonight that she could shoot and make some things happen for us. I also have to say that Payton James played amazing defense three straight days against three very good players from Collinsville, Gunter, and tonight Liberty Christian. We couldn’t have won this tournament without her playing like she did.”

Sulphur opened the game with a 4-0 run and never looked back the entire game.

The Lady Bulldogs biggest lead of the first quarter was six points at 11-5, but the Lady Warriors stormed back and were within three points going to the second at 15-12.

As the second quarter began though, the Lady Bulldogs found their groove on both ends of the court.

Liberty Christian never got within striking distance in the first half, as Sulphur increased its lead to 28-18 with 1:52 left in the second quarter.

Going into the break it was the Lady Bulldogs leading 31-22.

In the third quarter, the Lady Warriors came back to life with an 11-8 run that closed the gap to 39-33 going into the fourth.

Liberty Christian would then get to within three points at 39-36 with 6:04 left in regulation, but the Lady Warriors never took the lead.

Sulphur managed to ice the game late on with free throws and solid ball movement which kept the Lady Warriors off balance.

Abby Beck led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points in the game followed by Payton Row with 12 points. Makella Mobly added 10 points for Sulphur in the game. “As a head coach, having Payton out there is like having a general out there,” Todd said. “She’s able to recognize defenses and get us into the paint when we need it. She just did a fantastic job tonight.”

Beck and Mobly were both named to the All-Tournament team along with Payton Row, who was named as the Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row.

Sienna Young represented the Dickson Lady Comets on the All-Tournament team, along with Maria Flores from Madill.