Making it happen

Evan Grice
Healdton’s Macey Howell reaches for a loose ball as Turner’s Kodi Durst (3) and Karlee Russell (4) defend during the first half Thursday night in Healdton.

HEALDTON — Hosting a tournament always come with some added pressure to win.

The Healdton Lady Bulldogs didn’t seem phased by the added weight Thursday night.

Healdton led wire-to-wire in the opening round of the Bulldog Bash, as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a 47-25 victory over the Turner Lady Falcons at Bulldog Gymnasium.

The win moves Healdton into the semifinals at 4 p.m. today against Ryan, while Turner will play Elmore City-Pernell in the consolation semifinals at 1 p.m. today.

Healdton built an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter, before Turner got its first basket of the game at the 4:24 mark to make it 4-2.

Unfortunately for the Lady Falcons, that was the only offense they had in the first quarter as Healdton ended the frame on a 5-0 run to lead 9-2 going to the second.

Offensive struggles continued to plague Turner before halftime, as the Lady Falcons didn’t get their first point of the second quarter until almost four minutes in, as a free throw made it 18-3.

Healdton on the other end had little trouble scoring as the Lady Bulldogs led 22-9 going to the halftime break.

Despite being outscored 12-10 in the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs not only still had the lead, but momentum on their side as well going to the fourth.

The Lady Bulldogs proved both to be true down the stretch as they outscored Turner 15-4 to end the game and give them their eighth victory of the season.

Macey Howell led Healdton with 14 points followed by Shelby Musgrove with 12 points.

Ramsey Webb added eight points, with Brynli Tucker and Torree Wingo each scoring five apiece.

Turner was led by Hope Hill with 13 points followed by Miranda Crespo with six points and Kodi Durst with five points.