BETHANY—With the shots not falling, Red Oak turned to the post game Thursday night.
It worked nearly flawlessly as the second-ranked Eagles pulled away from No. 14 Hammon for a 46-33 victory in the Class B state quarterfinals at Southern Nazarene University.
“We started running the high-low and started getting to the high post,” Red Oak senior Myranda Rowland said. “Every time we get the ball to the high post, something good happens.”
The Eagles advance for just the second time in six state tournament appearances and will play Lomega at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.
And now the win, which is the first since 2012, allows Red Oak to relax and play.
“It’s huge. It’s so big for us,” Rowland said. “We got past the first game, which was a big goal of ours. We’re taking it one game at a time to get to the finals.”
Red Oak (27-2) never trailed in the contest, but never felt totally in control until the fourth when it went on a 9-2 run midway through the quarter to take a commanding 35-24 lead.
The Eagles then closed out the win with an 11-6 run highlighted by nine free throws.
“To not shoot it well at all and to be lethargic early, I thought that we did a good job late,” Red Oak coach Casey Butcher said. “We tend to live and die by the 3 quite a bit, but our post girls have really worked hard.”
Rowland finished with seven points and four rebounds, while Brittany Ward led the way with 19 points.
Hammon (17-13) never really got on track, falling behind from the onset and struggling to score. Anna Greeley led the Warriors with nine points, all on 3-pointers.