It’s sometimes tough to find motivation in a 10:30 a.m. basketball game against an opponent that - on paper, at least - is inferior.
That’s exactly the position the Kingfi sher Lady Jackets found themselves in Thursday at Chisholm’s Wheat Capital Tournament.
Tied at 6 after a quarter, KHS finally “woke” up to pull away from Blackwell for a 61-33 win to advance to the quarterfi nals.
Jenni Beebe was the only Kingfisher player to score in the first quarter, but seven of them managed to do so during a 23-4 run in the second quarter.
“We played a lot of girls early and just wore them down,” coach Gerrett Spears said after his team won its fifth straight game to improve to 6-2.
Spears played nine Lady Jackets in the fi rst half.
While Beebe continued to score in the second, she got help from the likes of Allison Green and Kina Frost, among others.
Green scored fi ve and Frost four as Kingfi sher’s lead grew to 29-10.
The runaway continued well into the second half.
Beebe led all scorers with 17 points.
Frost and Green scored nine points apiece.
Mya Dewberry caught fire in the fourth where she scored all 11 of her points.
Melody Wilfong added seven points.
“We got contributions from a lot of different players,” Spears said.
It’s the second time in three years KHS has made its way into the tournament’s semifi nal round.
The Lady Jackets played Cleveland in Friday’s semifi - nal (after press time). Cleveland knocked off Woodward 48-45 in their quarterfi nal matchup.