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January 15, 2014

’Cats lose battle with Bulldogs

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MOORE —

Bean led the SaberCats with 18 points. Smith added 15 and Chelvin Webb chipped in with 10. As a team, the ’Cats were 14-of-21 from the free throw line.

Southmoore suffered a rash of sprained ankles and small injuries to several players during the Bartlesville tournament over the weekend. Despite that, they came out firing against the Bulldogs.

Smith drained a pair jumpers as the ’Cats trailed 14-11 after the first quarter.

However, those shots stopped falling in the second. Whether it was an open jumper in the paint or tough layups, the SaberCats went cold from the field.

Yet, Southmoore’s defense still played at a frenetic pace and kept Edmond from pulling away.

After Bean buried a pair of 3-pointers, Southmoore was down 26-21 heading into halftime.

After scoring one point in the first half, Southmoore guard Donya Rice came out of halftime in street clothes and didn’t play in the second half due to a bad ankle. This made the SaberCats already short bench even more limited and forced them into a six-man rotation.

"Two of the top guards on this team are out," Brown said. "Somebody has to step up and take their place."

The Bulldogs didn't shoot particularly well from the field. But they found ways come up with rebounds and loose balls. This led to second chance points.

Edmond held an 11 point advantage going into the fourth period.

"We didn't play our best basketball," Webb said. "We didn't rebound enough. Defense was OK. I think we will get them next time. I think we would be 10-0 if we would stop making fundamental mistakes."

Edmond Memorial girls 41, Southmoore 39: Playing without Serithia Hawkins for the second consecutive game, the SaberCats were still trying to figure out how to play without their leading scorer and rebounder.

Despite that, the ’Cats led for much of the first three quarter. But with 1:40 left in the third, the Bulldogs jumped back in front 32-31. Southmoore didn’t score again until 5:18 left in the fourth quarter.

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