Northeast rode a strong start to defeat Amber-Pocasset 74-46 in the first round of the Class 2A girls state tournament at Oklahoma City University.
Northeast got off to an 18-4 start as Amber-Pocasset hit 1 of its first 5 shots from the field. Shayla Williams scored 14 of Northeast's first 18 points.
Williams finished with 20 points to lead second-ranked Northeast (25-2).
“As a senior, she really stepped up and played,” Northeast coach Londaryl Perry said of Williams. “She does it at the right time. She does the little things that don't count in the scoresheet. She hits the big shots, and she doesn't get the recognition.”
Northeast had five players reach double figures in scoring. Maximina Gonzalez posted 12 points, while Lanesia Williams recorded 11 points. Jaelyn Coleman added 10 points, and T'ona Edwards contributed 10 points.
Northeast maintained a 20-point advantage throughout the second half. Northeast advanced to meet top-ranked Snyder in the semifinals at 6 p.m. at State Fair Arena.
“We performed pretty well,” Perry said. “We have a young team. We have three varsity players from last year. It's going to be tough. (Snyder is) well-coached.”
Jordan Garner, Amber-Pocasset's leading scorer, notched her first points on free throws with 1:58 to go in the third period. Northeast led 55-35 at that point.
Michelle Olsen led fourth-ranked Amber-Pocasset (29-2) with 15 points, while Eden Douglas added 10 points. Garner finished with seven points.