BETHANY — Mount St. Mary learned from last season's heartache. After falling in the Class 4A quarterfinals to Perkins-Tryon last season in the first state tournament appearance in program history, the Rockets experienced a new high Thursday night.
Whitney Jones put back her own missed shot with 23.1 seconds left to give Deer Creek the lead, then made a steal at the other end to preserve the second-ranked Antlers' 42-40 victory over Collinsville.
Ariel Williams broke a tie with a steal and layup with 19.2 seconds left, then sank two free throws with 5.6 seconds remaining as Tulsa East Central survived in the first round of the Class 5A girls state tournament with a hard-fought 54-50 decision over Del City.
The meetings come on the heels of Bishop McGuinness High School filing a lawsuit this week against the OSSAA regarding Rule 14, which forces private schools to play one classification above their normal classification if they meet certain requirements.