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The Byng Lady Pirates dropped a tough 50-46 decision to Bethel (No. 14 in Class 4A) at home Tuesday night.

James Brantley - Ada, Oklahoma

Wednesday’s Game

At Seminole State College

At Little River Conference Tournament

First Round

Sasakwa 55, Mason 37

SASAKWA 15 12 10 16 — 55

MASON 6 9 11 11 — 37

SASAKWA: Nikki Nail 12, Marissa Shaffer 12, Cerissa Palmer 12, C. J. Palmer 9, Wynter Wind 4, Misty Williams 4.

MASON: Hicks 13, N. Bear 12, T. Bear 4, T. Bear 4, Gibson 2, Rich 2.

3-point goals: None

Fouled Out: N. Nail, M. Shaffer (S), N. Bear, Hicks (M)

NOTEWORTHY: Sasakwa (No. 8 in Class B) placed three players in double figures and cruised to the easy first-round victory despite playing without the team's only senior Jacklyn Nail (illness). Nikki Nail and Cerissa Palmer had 12 points and nine rebounds apiece, and Marissa Shaffer also had 12 points for the unbeaten Lady Vikings.

COACHES QUOTE: "Overall, it was a sloppy game. I think our team chemistry is still trying to come together, but the girls played hard." — Sasakwa coach Doug Isaacs.

Team Record: Sasakwa 3-0

Up Next: Sasakwa vs. Moss, 7:45 p.m. tonight at Little River Conference Tournament.

Tuesday’s Game

At Byng

Bethel 50, Byng 46

BETHEL 19 6 13 12 — 50

BYNG 11 15 11 9 — 46

BETHEL: Taylor Cooper 14, Heather Mullendore 12, Kayla Brown 11, Jessica Simmons 5, Shaylyn Flanigan 3, Tami Martin 3, Kami Adams 2

BYNG: Sydney Loggins 12, Reba Sliger 7, Melinda Shico 7, Chelsea Gillum 6, Natalie Richards 5, Dayton Hendricks 4, Meleaia Gray 3, Kelsey O'Grady 2.

3-point goals: Cooper, Simmons (Beth); Richards (Byng).

Fouled out: None.

NOTEWORTHY: The see-saw affair saw Bethel grab an early eight-point lead before Byng rallied to take a 26-25 halfime advantage. The game stayed close throughout the second half with the Lady Wildcats (No. 14 in Class 4A) finally holding Byng off at the free throw line where they were 20-of-29. Byng hit 5-of-8 attempts. Bethel freshman Taylor Cooper led her team with 14 points and six rebounds while Sydney Loggins scored 12 for Byng.

COACHES QUOTE: “We can be better than 0-3 but until we win a close game like this one nobody will know that except us. We are not satisfied with getting close against good teams like Bethel and Latta. Bethel is a very good team with a couple of special players and a great coaching staff. They played well so they get the credit for that. Our players and coaches will go back to work and we look forward to breaking through very soon,” Byng head coach Matt Fike.

Team Record: Byng 0-3; Bethel 2-1.

Up Next: Byng at Okemah tonight.

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