Down 8-0 after one quarter, Midwest City cut the deficit to 15-12 at halftime, but exploded to start the third quarter, keyed by eight points from Jasauen Beard, who finished with a team-high 15.
“We saw (Lawton MacArthur) play yesterday, and I think we took them for granted,” said Beard, a 5-foot-11 junior. “Instead of getting out and playing hard, we came out lax.
“Coach (Art Bode) had to yell at us a little and get us back on track, so we could get back to scoring.”
NORTHEAST GIRLS DOWN BIXBY
Behind 15 points from T'ona Edwards, Northeast advanced to the finals of the Mid-Del Invitational with a 51-39 win over Bixby at Del City.
Bixby, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, came into the game undefeated, but Northeast's pressure defense proved too much, especially in the third quarter.
The Vikings, Class 2A's No. 1 team, outscored Bixby 13-2 in the third quarter to build enough cushion for the win. They'll face Midwest City at 7 p.m. Saturday in the championship game at Midwest City.
HERITAGE HALL STAYS UNBEATEN
Heritage Hall's Erika Wakefield scored 19 points and the Chargers advanced to the finals of their own tournament, the Chesapeake Challenge, with a 48-41 win over Bishop McGuinness.
Carter Cloud added 12 for Heritage Hall, which improved to 6-0 on the season. The Chargers will face Weatherford in the finals at 2:20 p.m. Saturday.
The Heritage Hall boys had four players score in double-figures in a 59-28 win over Kingfisher to advance to the finals against the OKC Knights, 56-52 winners over Cascia Hall.