After making its tournament debut a year ago, Turner now has its first win.
The Lady Falcons, ranked No. 10 entering the Class A state tournament, upset No. 2 Frontier 59-43 in the first round at Abe Lemons Arena on Thursday afternoon.
“Last year we were googly-eyed when we got here,” Turner coach Shane Hill said. “This time, they were a little bit more comfortable. They weren’t as awe-struck this year.”
Turner (28-4) advances to play No. 1 Okarche at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. Frontier, the defending champion, ends its season 23-7.
The Lady Falcons built a quick lead, getting hot from outside early.
Taylor Foster hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Turner led 22-9 after eight minutes.
The game was delayed for around 25 minutes early in the second quarter after referee David Craig went down with a leg injury.
Craig’s ankle buckled as he made a cut while making a call with Turner leading 28-12.
After being attended to by trainers for several minutes, Craig stood up and struggled to put weight on the leg.
He left the game and was replaced by Brett Penick, who called the first game of the tournament between Okarche and Sterling.
Penick had just left the area when David Jackson of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association contacted him to return.
Frontier seemed to briefly take advantage of the delay to turn the momentum, cutting the lead by four points quickly, but Turner soon settled back down and took a 15-point lead into the break.
The Lady Mustangs wasted little time getting back into the game after halftime, hitting a pair of quick 3-pointers to cut the lead to single digits.
“I could kind of feel myself getting a little cold there,” Turner’s Andi McGill said of the delay. “But it also gave us time to settle down and see what was going on and realize we were ahead.”
Frontier eventually cut the lead to seven before Turner scored the final five points of the third to extend the lead back to a comfortable margin.
Frontier’s Marissa Goodman, the team’s leading scorer coming into the game, struggled from the field.
Goodman, who came in averaging more than 22 points per game, finished with 17 points. She scored just four in the first half and missed eight of nine from the free-throw line.
Goodman finished with 23 rebounds.
McGill and Conner Harmon led Turner with 19 points each. Taylor Foster added 14.