The Empire girls didn’t get off to the start they were looking for in their first road game this season, but as the shots started to fall in the second half Tuesday night, the Lady Bulldogs pulled away from Waurika for a 45-36 victory.
“Offensively we didn’t execute like we should have,” Empire coach Jason Allensworth said. “Defensively we did a pretty good job, but we have to do better on the boards. They beat us on the boards tonight.”
Junior Melaina Yearby led Empire (3-0) with 15 points, while senior Alyssa George had nine, junior Kaelyn Allensworth had eight, senior Ashley Atkinson added five and junior Jessica Carney chipped in with six.
Junior Courtland Henderson led the Lady Eagles (0-2) with eight points, while senior Staci Brandon had seven, junior Karrington Morris and sophomore Megan Wade each had six, junior Daley Gay added five and sophomore Kianah Swift finished with four.
The game was tied 10-10 after the first quarter before Empire inched ahead 19-17 by halftime. In the third quarter the Lady Bulldogs began to put the game out of reach as they pushed out to a 35-25 lead.
“We were rushing our shots and rushing our opportunities early in the game,” Allensworth said. “We made some halftime adjustments and they relaxed and we flowed more. And in the second half Melaina shot the ball better and hit two 3-pointers.”
Empire hosts Granfield on Friday, while Waurika hosts Temple on Dec. 4.
STERLING 47, CENTRAL HIGH 33
If there’s one thing the Lady Bronchos haven’t had a problem doing this season, it’s scoring points.
Unfortunately, against No. 10 Sterling scoring was non-existent, at least in the third quarter.
After being tied with the Lady Tigers after the first quarter, CHHS only managed seven points in the second and was shutout in the third as SHS came away with a 48-33 victory inside Broncho Gymnasium.
Sterling managed to pull away in the third quarter, leading 35-20 before putting the game away in the fourth quarter.
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Central High will be back at home Friday night taking on Ninnekah with tip-off set for 6:30 p.m.