By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
Deer Creek-Lamont’s Jessica Blanton lit up the scoreboard for 30 points, as the Hooker Lady Bulldogs struggled to find a defensive answer for her with Brittany Bergner out with a knee injury.
“We really missed Brittany Bergner, defensively,” Lady Bulldogs coach Ray Kennedy said. “They’re a good team, and we shot the ball really well. We just couldn’t keep them from scoring. We couldn’t control her. We couldn’t cover her.”
Blanton was the difference in the fourth quarter scoring all 11 of her teams’ points, while they held Hooker to just eight to add cushion to their lead.
“We cooled off in the fourth and the shots we were hitting weren’t anymore,” Kennedy said.
Both teams came out shooting well at the opening tip, and DCLA led 18-17 at the end of the first quarter. DCLA increased their lead to three at the break, leading 34-31. The offensive output continued in the third with each team scoring 20.
“It was a good ball game and I thought our kids played well,” Kennedy said. “We’ll get better from this game.”
Kyra Cathcart led the Lady Bulldogs with 22 points. Shania Miller had 13; Jayme Walton added 12, and Jade Cathcart 10.
Hooker faced tournament host Cherokee, who lost to Pond Creek-Hunter, Saturday for third place.