Choctaw Central 59
Despite leading throughout, the Warriors weren’t able to put the Oilers away until the third quarter Thursday in a Division 5-3A semifinal.
But Choctaw certainly buried Heidelberg there. Leading 32-21 at halftime, the Warriors got baskets from (24) and (2) to force a Heidelberg timeout with 5:08 left in the third. Coming out of that stoppage, Choctaw cranked up its pressure and proceeded to unleash a 15-0 run — including eight points in less than a minute — to pull away.
“They finally decided to get after it a little bit,” Choctaw coach Bill Smith said. “If we had decided to do that earlier I think it would have been a different story.
“We just weren’t really ready to play.”
Leading that charge was senior standout Kristen Dixon. Having already posted a double-double by halftime, she briefly flirted with a triple-double before leaving late in the third. Finishing with 21 points, 16 rebounds and seven steals, Dixon had three steals and two buckets in that spurt.
“When she makes up her mind that she wants to get after it, she’s a really good player,” Smith added.