At the Arthur 1A Regional, top seeded Central A&M won the semifinal game on Tuesday and Okaw Valley had to bow out of the postseason, 54-36.
For the first 8:00 Okaw Valley had the better of the Central A&M Raiders, 14-12. A&M let the air out of the T’Wolves tires from that point on.
Freshman Bailey Bennett lit up the gym in the 1st quarter with a triple of treys. Mia Harris had her own 3 and Kate Jeffers scored a deuce. A&M was suprised by the 14-point Okaw output and arc de triumph, but it would not last.
A&M scored 12 points. A&M post Channing Reed scored, made two free throws and scored again. Mikayla Denton, McKenna Denton and Julia Braundmeier added solo two.
A&M had a 13-9 run in the 2nd as Okaw slowed their pace of scoring. Mikayla Denton scored twice, then split a pair from the line. She dialed in from long distance and then added another two for 10 points in the quarter. Reed scored and McKenna Denton made 1-of-2 foul shots.
Mia Harris made two free throws and a deuce for Okaw in the 2nd. Miaya Lehman scored and Jeffers made a bucket and 1-of-2 free throws, but Okaw trailed at the half by two, 25-23.
The tide rolled in after the half, a 17-6 Raider run. Hannah Schinzler launched a pair of triples. Reed had a pair of twos and Mikayla Denton made a pair of deuces. The cherry on the top was Lanie Sams 3-pointer.
Jeffers scored twice in the third, but only Harris had another bucket as they fell behind by 13, 42-29. The 4th period was taps for Okaw as A&M controlled a 12-7 final run.
McKenna Denton scored twice. Reed had a deuce and then made 1-of-2 foul shots. Peyton Dial came off the bench for a triple and Victoria Billups scored.
Okaw’s final points were all free throws. Jeffers finished her career, making 3-of-4 free throws. Reagan Reedy made two foul shots and Harris had the only 2-pointer.
Kate Jeffers and Mia Harris paced Okaw with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Both scored four times from the floor. Harris had a 3. Jeffers was 4-of-6 at the line and Harris 2-of-3. Bennett was almost in double figures with her triple-play.
Mikayla Denton led A&M with 16 points and Reed followed with 15. Denton had 6 twos and 3. Reed had 6 twos. Reed was 3-of-4 at the line.
A&M put in 22 field goals and 5 were treys for 49 points. Okaw made 12 baskets, 4 from the arc for 28 points. Okaw was 8-of-15 at the stripe and A&M 5-of-12.
Top seeded A&M (21-8, 4-2 CIC) was to play regional 2nd seed Arthur (18-12, 7-2 LPC) on Thursday for the Arthur Regional championship.
Tuesday Arthur Regional Semi
Central A&M 54, Okaw Valley 36
A&M stats: Mi Denton 16 (6-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Reed 15 (6 FGs, 3/4 FTs), Mc Denton 7 (3 FGs, 1/4 FTs), Schinzler 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Sams 3 (FG), Dial 3 (FG), Braundmeier 2 (FG), Billups 2 (FG). Team FGs 22. 3-Pointers: 5 (Schinzler 2, Sams, Mi Denton, Dial). Team FTs 5-of-12.
Okaw stats: Jeffers 12 (4 FGs, 4/6 FTs), Harris 11 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/3 FTs), Bennett 9 (3-3 pt FGs), Lehman 2 (FG), Reedy 2 (2/2 FTs0, Ashley (0/2 FTs), Bruns (0/2 FTs). Team FGs 12. 3-Pointers: 4 (Bennett 3, Harris). Team FTs 8-of-15.