A day in the city
OKLAHOMA CITY — Friday provided an opportunity for fans of the No. 14 Sulphur Lady Bulldogs to see them on a unique stage as they played against the Byng Lady Pirates at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
It was an opportunity Sulphur took full advantage of in more ways than one.
Fueled by a balanced scoring attack, the Lady Bulldogs remained undefeated with a convincing 55-40 victory over the Lady Pirates, moving them to 6-0 on the season.
“We knew we had to come out on fire and play as a team given how long we’ve been away from competition,” Sulphur guard Payton James said. “When you play a team like Byng, you know they are going to be physical, so we had to keep our heads out there. It’s a big mental challenge out there so you have to lean on each other to be successful.”
“It’s amazing knowing we can rely on everyone to score and not just one player,” James added. “We had to set the tone today for the week we have ahead of us and we were able to do that today.”
The busy week for the Lady Bulldogs begins on Tuesday night against No. 18 Lone Grove in a battle of unbeaten teams at the Gary Scott Center, before Sulphur travels to the Charles K. Heatley Classic tournament in Lindsay beginning on Thursday.
As for Friday, it was simply a good day to be a Lady Bulldogs player, particularly for Korie Allensworth.
Allensworth started off her day by winning the pre-game three point shootout with 21 points, and followed it up in the game by scoring 27 points to lead all scorers.
Sulphur took its first lead of the game at the 5:51 mark of the first quarter at 3-2, before Byng led 4-3 at the 4:44 mark.
However, the Lady Bulldogs weren’t behind for long as they grabbed the lead back 24 seconds later at 6-4 and closed out the opening frame on a 10-3 run, resulting in a 16-7 advantage.
Before halftime, the Lady Bulldogs took control at both ends of the court.
Defensively, Byng was held to just six points before the break, while Sulphur went on a scoring spree with 20 points to build a commanding 36-13 lead going into the locker room.
Things slowed down though in the third quarter as the Lady Pirates found a groove and outscored Sulphur 17-14, but the Lady Bulldogs still held a 50-30 advantage.
Down the stretch, Sulphur was outscored 10-5, but it was of little importance to the end result.
Payton James scored 12 points for Sulphur, with Abby Beck scoring seven points. Kady Lynch put in five points with Makella Mobly and Harley Beesley each scoring two points apiece.