MARIETTA — If there’s one way to challenge yourself during the course of a season, it’s at a tough tournament.
MARIETTA — If there’s one way to challenge yourself during the course of a season, it’s at a tough tournament. The Springer Cardinals and Lady Cardinals decided to do just that on Thursday on the opening day of the Ronnie Moore Invitational tournament in Marietta. Unfortunately, the results didn’t pan out as hoped as both teams suffered defeats, sending them to their respective consolation brackets. Girls Marietta 48 Springer 21 For just the second time this season Thursday night, the Springer Lady Cardinals failed to score 30 or more points. The result proved to be beneficial for the host Marietta Lady Indians, who booked a semifinal date with Healdton thanks to their victory. Marietta will take on Healdton in the girls semifinals tonight at 7 p.m. while the Springer girls will take on Thackerville in the consolation semifinals at 1 p.m. Both teams combined for 14 points in the first quarter as the Lady Indians jumped out to a 12-2 advantage. Springer went cold from the field before halftime, as the Lady Cardinals were held off the scoreboard, leading to a 29-2 advantage for the Lady Indians. The Lady Cardinals managed to bounce back with nine points in the third quarter, but were still down 38-11, before both teams scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. Kaylie Douglass led the Lady Indians with 14 points followed by Reagan Donham with 13 points and Toriauna Douglass with 12 points. Kailee Lathum led Springer with 10 points. Boys Pilot Point (TX) 78 Springer 49 Just a few weeks ago at the Madill Winter Classic, the Pilot Point Bearcats were scheduled to take part in the tournament, but had to withdraw due to their long run in the Texas football playoffs. Thursday night they showed the crowd at Marietta what they could do in a big way. Springer gave it a tough fight, but was eventually overwhelmed by the Bearcats, leading to a crushing defeat. The Cardinals will play in the consolation semifinals at 11:30 a.m. today against Turner. Pilot Point raced out in front early with a 20-7 first quarter run, before outscoring the Cardinals 19-13 to close out the first half. Both teams picked up the offense in the third as they combined for 52 points with the Bearcats going on a 31-21 run to extend their advantage. Springer was outscored 18-8 in the fourth quarter. Malik Brown and Mickey Hunnicutt led the Cardinals with 18 points apiece in the game.