LONE GROVE — A strong fourth period in which Idabel hit 8 of 11 from the free throw line and forced Dickson into nine turnovers helped lift the Lady Warriors to a 51-49 nail-biting victory over the Lady Comets Saturday night to win the Longhorn Invitational Championship 51-49 at the Gary Scott Center.
One of two from the line by Idabel’s Miracle Beard put the Lady Warriors up 51-49 with 24 seconds remaining. That gave Dickson the ball with a chance to tie. But an unforced error by the Lady Comets gave Idabel the ball with 16 seconds remaining.
A steal by Dickson’s Jamie Hawkins gave the ball back to the Lady Comets with six ticks remaining. A Comet time-out had them in the front court with a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime. But the in-bounds pass was stolen by Idabel’s Stevesha Cursh, who was able to dribble out the closing seconds to give the Lady Warriors the victory.
Dickson (6-4) had put together a strong third period in which they outscored Idabel 12-5 to take a 37-32 lead heading to the game’s final eight minutes. But it was the Lady Warriors that grabbed the momentum, and the game, in the final frame.
Idabel (11-3) began the fourth on a 10-0 run to take a 42-37 lead with six minutes left in the game. Turnovers plagued the Lady Comets down the stretch. Dickson finished the game with 27 turnovers with 11 of those being unforced throw-aways. And that was the one factor that Dickson coach Jennifer Mays-Kimmer alluded to following the tough loss.
“We turned the ball over way too many times to get the win tonight,” Mays-Kimmer said. “So many of those were on possessions that we just threw it away without a steal by Idabel. That hurt is a lot.
“Another factor was their team speed and their ability to get inside to the basket and draw fouls,” Mays-Kimmer said. “They adjusted well defensively to our good shooters when they developed a hot streak. When we had someone start to surge, they put a defense in place that created problems for that particular shooter. But our unforced errors was definitely the big difference in the game. That and their free throw advantage.
Idabel finished the game 13 of 23 (57 percent) from the charity stripe compared to just 4 of 6 (67 percent) for Dickson. The Lady Comets hit 19 of 40 (48 percent) from the floor to just 35 percent (18 of 51) for the Lady Warriors. Both teams had 24 rebounds with Idabel holding an 11-6 edge in offensive boards. The Lady Warriors had a 11-4 advantage in second-chance points as a result
Stevesha Cursh, the girls tournament MVP, led Idabel with 16 points. Miracle Beard had 12 points, and Tearsney Grayson finished with 10 points.
Dickson was led by Clary Donica’s 16 points and nine rebounds. Payton Rowe had 15 points, including four 3-point buckets.
Idabel 51, Dickson 49 (Girls Championship)
Idabel 11 16 5 19 - 51
Dickson 14 11 12 12 - 49
Stevesha Cursh 16, Miracle Beard 12, Tearsney Grayson 10, Tyarica French 7, Shyia Smith 6.
Clary Donica 16, Payton Rowe 15, Jamie Hawkins 8, Madison Rozzell 6, Kirstyn Jolly 3, Aly Goss 1.
3-point goals - Idabel 2 (Grayson, French); Dickson 7 (Rowe 4, Hawkins 2, Jolly). Free Throws - Idabel 13-23, Dickson 4-6.
Girls All-Tournament Team
MVP: Stevesha Cursh — Idabel
Hannah Wade —Marlow
Hannah Howard —Lone Grove
Jamie Hawkins —Dickson
Clary Donica — Dickson
Shyia Smith — Idabel