Ashley Beatty was being a good sport.
After being leveled at the buzzer by Ada’s Aaliyah Blakley, the Anadarko junior was just happy to get a 40-37 win Thursday afternoon and have just a minor scratch.
Beatty lited the third-ranked Warriors with a steal on an inbounds pass with 3.3 seconds remaining, but as she was going toward the basket and considering a layup at the buzzer, she was hit hard by Blakley. She remained down for a few seconds before rising and celebrating.
“I was just thinking that we’re going to go to the next round,” said Beatty as she rubbed her sore right shoulder. “I was so excited and I got blindsided. She was mad and I’m sure she just didn’t want to lose anymore. I understand it. I’m not mad about it.”
Anadarko (25-4) plays the winner of Harrah and Mount St. Mary in Friday’s semifinals at 1:30 p.m. in State Fair Arena.
And Beatty said she will ice her shoulder, calling it just a scratch.
The Warriors will need her, too.
She led them with 24 points and sparked them at the end of the third quarter with three straight 3-pointers for a 34-26 lead.
“I thought that was probably ballgame,” Anadarko coach Jeff Zinn said. “I don’t know if it was because of the slick conditions, but for some reason we couldn’t get loose from them and I thought we could extend the floor and go shoot layups from then. Didn’t happen that way, but we’ll take wins any way we can.”
Ada (21-6) was led by Sami Jewett’s 13 points. Blakley finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Cougars got within one twice in the fourth quarter, but each time Anadarko responded by making free throws to remain in control.
The final minute still got interesting as Ada had one final chance to tie the game after Tandra King’s turnover with 3.3 seconds. Beatty, though, delivered like she had all game.
“I was just trying to stay off the ones I knew they weren’t really going to,” Beatty said. “As soon as I seen that girl’s eyes, I just went for it. I knew where she was going to throw it.
“We just had had to do what we’ve been taught to do all season. We like to play physical and they play physical, and it was a really good game.”