Class 4A girls: Mount St. Mary girls get first tournament win
BETHANY — Mount St. Mary learned from last season's heartache.
After falling in the Class 4A quarterfinals to Perkins-Tryon last season in the first state tournament appearance in program history, the Rockets experienced a new high Thursday night.
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They jumped to a 19-0 lead against No. 6 Byng and held off the Pirates' charge for a 51-37 victory at the Sawyer Center for the program's first girls basketball state tournament victory.
“That's not enough just to be here this year,” Mount St. Mary junior Kaely Bond said. “We made it for the first time in school history last year and it's not enough just to be here. We want to go win it.”
The Rockets (24-5) now face top-ranked Anadarko in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Sawyer Center.
And as quickly as the players turned their attention to Anadarko, they jumped on Byng in the first quarter with four 3-pointers and a plethora of forced turnovers to take a 21-2 lead.
The lead was built to 25-3 before Byng closed the second half on a 17-4 run.
“I knew we were ready to play and I knew Byng was going to make a run to get back into it,” Mount St. Mary coach Rory Hamilton said. “They're too well coached and too good of a team.
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