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Class 5A girls basketball: LaShanda Green leads McAlester to win over Del City

Senior guard LaShanda Green scored 19 points, 11 of which came on free throws, and McAlester advanced to the Class 5A semifinals with a 49-44 win over Del City.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 8, 2012
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— Senior guard LaShanda Green scored 19 points, 11 of which came on free throws, and McAlester advanced to the Class 5A semifinals with a 49-44 win over Del City on Thursday at the Chieftain Center.

The Buffaloes (20-7) will face the winner of Thursday's late Tulsa East Central-Altus game at 6 p.m. Friday at the Mabee Center in Tulsa.

McAlester led by 13 midway through the second quarter, but Del City (18-9) slowly fought its way back into the game through the end of the first half and into the third quarter. The Eagles even took a brief 1-point lead in the fourth.

But fouls ended up being costly for Del City, which was called for six second-half fouls before McAlester was called for one.

And Green was the most frequent beneficiary. She made 8 of 9 foul-shot attempts in the second half, including 6 in the fourth quarter.

Senior Toni Smith, a Fresno State signee, led the Eagles with 16 points and 12 rebounds.