Cyril’s offense may not have been clicking on all cylinders, but the Lady Pirates’ defensive effort more than made up for it.
Cyril held Wellston to three second half points in 37-13 win in consolation play Tuesday afternoon at the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.
The Lady Tigers’ 13 total points was the lowest output in Mid-America Classic history and the 50 combined points was the lowest scoring game since Stonewall defeated Ada 26-24 in the 2006 seventh place game.
“Any win at the Mid-America Tournament is a good win obviously,” Cyril head coach Jeff Fletcher said. “It was a little bit of a lackluster performance I thought. These early games are sometimes tough. The environment is a little bit different — there’s not as many people in the stands. “
Cyril (No. 1 in Class A), who entered the tournament with a perfect 9-0 record, bounced back from a first-round loss to Bethel.
“We came off a tough loss yesterday and it was our first one of the year. We’ll have to play better than that (Wednesday) to get a win, that’s for sure.”
Cyril will meet Shawnee (No. 3 in Class 5A) in today’s fifth place game at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Pirates held a decisive 22-10 halftime lead then limited Wellston to just one field goal in 15 tries over the final two quarters to bury the Lady Tigers. Wellston finished 5-of-29 overall (17.2 percent) and committed 28 turnovers. Cyril hit just 30 percent of its field goals (12-of-40), but that was plenty good enough on this day.
“We played well defensively, and I’m happy with that. We kind of hang our hat on our defense,” Fletcher said. “We did not shoot the ball well at all today, but that happens. You see that at every level. Some days you just do not shoot the ball well, and if you don’t, your defense has to be there and it was today. Any time you give up less than 20 points, that’s pretty good.”
Wellston’s lone field goal of the second half came when Mariah Fredman banked in a tough 15-footer with 5:32 left in the game. Neither team scored after Cyril’s Chelsea Reyonds hit a 3-pointer with 3:08 remaining. The two teams were a combined 1-for-22 from beyond the arc.
Cyril built an early lead like they have in many of their wins — by working the ball to 6-0 post player Shelbi Skaggs, who scored 10 of her game-high 13 points in the first quarter and helped the Lady Pirates build an early 13-4 lead. Skaggs also finished with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.
Emily Horn added eight points, hitting 6-of-10 free throws while Chelsea Reynolds followed with seven.
No player had more than four points for Wellston (6-5), but Brandy Hutton finished with seven rebounds.