ADA — The Byng Lady Pirates couldn’t find any middle ground in this year’s Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Basketball Tournament.

Coach Joe Neely and his club experienced the high of a last-second shot by all-tournament selection Whitney Harris that beat Marietta Thursday in the only real nail-biter over the tournament’s three-day run, but Byng also brought out the best in two of the Mid-America’s best teams.

Bounced into the loser’s bracket with a Wednesday loss to Class B No. 1 Dover, the Lady Pirates were manhandled in Friday’s fifth place game by an Elgin club that, like Dover, played easily its best game of the tournament with Byng as its opponent.

The Lady Owls, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, struggled Wednesday in a loss to eventual tournament runner-up Frontier and again in a victory over Elk City Thursday, but they hit on all cylinders from the start in Friday’s contest and cruised to a 70-42 victory that really wasn’t as close as the score.

In the seventh-place contest, 6-2 junior Jennifer DeGarmo wrapped up a sensational tournament with a 27-point effort to lead Elk City past Marietta, 57-48.

5th Place

Elgin 70, Byng 42

Byng (6-6) committed a season-high 26 turnovers — including seven in the first five minutes of the game to fuel an early 19-2 Elgin run — and never found any rhythm on either end of the floor en route to a loss that was Neely’s worst since he returned to his alma mater last season.

“If you turn the ball over 26 times, you’re not going to beat very many teams,” Neely said. “Turn the ball over 26 times against a team like Elgin, and you could look at the scoreboard and see what happens.”

Harris drained a baseline jumper in the game’s opening seconds to give Byng its only lead at 2-0, then Elgin’s constant pressure produced six steals over the next five-plus minutes, and the Lady Owls converted those Byng mistakes into 12 of their 19 points during that span to grab a 19-4 lead and put the game away.

“We just never kept it close enough to put any pressure on them,” Neely said. “They smelled blood right away.

“It’s easy to shoot the ball well when you’re way ahead,” he added. “And we didn’t shoot the ball well the whole tournament.”

After settling for a 21-8 lead heading to the second quarter, Elgin outscored Byng, 14-5, in the second period to build a 35-13 halftime lead.

The Lady Pirates went without a field goal for almost six minutes before Britney Lee — who had a career afternoon with 19 points and seven rebounds to wrap up a solid tournament — scored her only points of the first half on a layup with 5:06 left in the second quarter, then Byng managed just one more basket the rest of the half — a layup by Cila Dunigan at the 1:36 mark.

Elgin’s lead grew to to as many as 31 points (52-31) in the third quarter, and the Lady Owls (who had four players in double figures) cruised to their 10th win in 11 games this season.

Maggie Oliver, one of Elgin’s two all-tournament selections, led the Lady Owls with 15 points, while center Jessica Pillow had her best performance of the tournament with 12 points and six assists before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Amber Karty, who had four of Elgin’s seven first-quarter steals, also had her best game of the week with 11 points, and point guard Casi Rawls (another all-tournament selection) had 10 points and seven assists.

Byng outrebounded Elgin, 28-26, and hit 10-of-19 second-half shots but managed just five field goals in 16 attempts before intermission. Lee, who was a force on the boards in all three of the Lady Pirates tournament contests, had her best game of the season, but she and Harris — who had 10 points Friday and was in double figures in all three games — were the only Byng players with more than two points in the loss.

7th Place

Elk City 57, Marietta 48

DeGarmo, who single-handedly changed the rules governing selection to the all-tournament team with her performance over the Mid-America’s three days, turned in her best effort of the week to lead Elk City to a surprisingly entertaining victory over Marietta.

The first all-Mid-America selection ever from a team that played in the seventh-place game, DeGarmo was 8-for-10 from the field (including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc) and perfect in eight trips to the free throw line, and her 22.7-point average left her second only to tournament MVP Jenna Plumley of Frontier in scoring over the three days.

And, DeGarmo — whose two 3-pointers pulled the Elkettes to within a point of Elgin late in the fourth quarter of their Thursday contest — was again at her best late in the game.

Marietta, which lost its third straight after entering the Mid-America 7-2, never led but tied the score for the third time at 45-all on Skye Foster’s 15-footer with 4:32 to play.

A floater in the lane by Lauren Millican (her only basket of the game) and a jumper from Taylor Carpenter made it 49-45 with 3:02 remaining, then DeGarmo went 6-for-6 from the line and Millican added a pair of free throws in the final 1:23 while Marietta managed only a 3-pointer from Foster (to make it 53-48 with 40 seconds to play) after tying the game.

Elk City (6-5) led by as many as eight points (21-13) in the first half but finally settled for a 30-27 advantage at intermission, despite 17 points from DeGarmo. The Elkettes grabbed their biggest lead of the second half at 34-27 less than a minute into the third quarter, but Marietta kept the pressure on despite alternating its starting lineup with a second five throughout the game.

DeGarmo — who also had nine rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots — and Foster (16 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter) were the only players in double figures for their respective teams.