Millwood junior Bria Dean couldn't stop emphasizing the importance of Tuesday's game against Classen SAS.
She made sure her teammates were aware of that before the game.
Then she delivered herself, scoring 23 points and grabbing six rebounds to lead Class 2A No. 1 Millwood to a 57-52 victory over the upstart Comets.
“I didn't want to lose to them,” Dean said. “To be honest, it meant a lot. In the summer they beat us, so we wanted to come back and show them we're a better team and show them that we could just as good as they were.”
From tipoff, the Falcons were dominant.
They jumped 14-point lead in the second quarter, using a tough defense to overcome foul trouble that has been maddening for veteran coach Arnelia Spears.
“(The defense) was impressive, but it also knocked us out of our rhythm because we had two starters on the bench for the whole half,” Spears said. “I'm very concerned about it because it's a young team.”
Classen, ranked No. 12 in Class 4A with a 12-2 record, turned the ball over 14 times and struggled mightily in the first half. But the second half saw different — and better — results.
Millwood (9-2) led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter before Classen ended the game on an 11-2 run before time expired on the comeback attempt.
Freshman Taylor Roberts scored 10 of her game-high 24 points during the Comets' comeback efforts. She also finished with eight rebounds.
DECKER'S SHOT PROPELS MEMORIAL
Edmond Memorial's Andee Decker hit a short jumper just before the buzzer as the 14th-ranked Bulldogs knocked off No. 7 Southmoore 41-39.
Southmoore, after starting the season 8-0, has now lost three straight games, all since losing forward Serithia Hawkins to an elbow injury. The Norman Transcript reported Tuesday that she would miss three to six weeks with the injury.
Decker finished with eight points as the Bulldogs improved to 5-3 on the year.
Kyeria Hannah had 15 points for the SaberCats.
DEL CITY RALLIES PAST WESTMOORE
Trailing 30-20 at halftime, Class 5A No. 15 Del City went to work against Class 6A No. 17 Westmoore.
Point guard Alaisha Castleberry scored nine points, and Piper Kalthoff scored eight as Del City erased the deficit for a 48-47 victory.
Kalthoff finished with 19 points, three steals and three assists. Castleberry added 14 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Callie Palmer scored 16 points for the Jaguars.
CENTENNIAL TOPS STAR SPENCER FOR FIRST TIME
Centennial found an emphatic way to keep its three-game winning streak alive.
Trailing 36-33 entering the fourth against Star Spencer, the Bison's huge quarter was all it needed to pull off a 62-49 victory and beat Star Spencer for the first time in school history.
Centennial has not lost since Jan. 3 to Classen SAS. Since then, it has beat John Marshall and Astec Charter. The Bison's next game comes Thursday at U.S. Grant.
Travia Bond led the Bison with 24 points.
LLANUSA HELPS CHOCTAW REBOUND
Fresh its first loss of the season over the weekend, Class 6A No. 5 Choctaw recovered well with a 56-46 win against Putnam City.
Ana Llanusa scored a game-high 27 points for the Yellowjackets, who are now 10-1 on the year.
Choctaw took a 22-12 lead after one quarter and maintained control from there.
Both Julian Mougell and Brianna Kuestersteffen scored 12 points to lead No. 3 Norman North to a 45-36 victory against Moore. ... Class B No. 1 Okarche continued rolling with a 74-30 rout of Minco. Morgan Vogt led the way with 21 points. ... After a slow start, Class 6A No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe outscored Mustang 38-15 in the second half for a 71-39 victory behind Tamara Lee's 17 points. ... Audrey Hayes and Maci Exum scored 15 points apiece, while Chelsea Exum added 10 as No. 11 Yukon was too much for Edmond North in a 54-40 victory.