SKIATOOK — Muskogee coach Doyle Rowland called a timeout with just a few minutes left in the game and his team leading No. 4 Midwest City by four points.
He wanted to land a big blow, and he put the ball in the hands of sophomore Jada Ford to do it.
Off the play drawn up in the timeout, Ford hit a 3-pointer from the corner in front of eighth-ranked Muskogee’s bench for a seven-point lead and Midwest City never got closer than two possessions the rest of the way.
Muskogee (23-4) held on for the 63-54 upset victory over Midwest City (21-6) Thursday in the first round of the Class 6A girls state tournament at Skiatook High School.
“I called it in the huddle and told them to come out and hit them right quick,” Rowland said. “Jada is a shooter she don’t have no conscience. She may miss 10 in a row, but she’ll think she can make her next 10.”
Ford had struggled to score in the second half prior to the big 3-pointer, but she hit seven of eight free throws in the closing minutes to seal the victory.
Muskogee will face the Edmond Santa Fe/Putnam City North winner at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center in Tulsa.
Midwest City was led by Chinna Fair with 12 points and Jasauen Beard with 11. The Bombers found themselves behind 17-2 in the first quarter, but were able to fight back. They were within a bucket on two occasions in the second half, but could never take the lead.
“We settled down finally, played like I thought we should, and got back into striking distance,” Midwest City coach Art Bode said. “But we could never get over the hump. Every time we cut it to two, it was immediately six again. We dug a little too deep of a hole to start with.”