BOKCHITO - Each cog in the Lady Bruins’ machine brings a new threat to opposing teams, only one of which has been able to unravel Caddo’s well-executed operation so far this season.
Thursday was no different as Coach Vernon Johnson’s Lady Bruins dismantled Smithville 69-38 to open a two-game regional bracket in the win column.
Caddo moves into the regional championship game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Quinton. Win or lose, the Lady Bruins will make an appearance next week in the six-team area tournament to be held at Bloomer Sullivan Arena in Durant.
How they got there Thursday was no surprise. The “big three” stepped up again, dominating the Lady Braves in the paint, in the passing lanes and on the perimeter.
Alli Adair continued her phenomenal freshman run with 23 points. She was able to tie up Smithville passing with her quick hands gobbling up numerous steals.
Tobi Miller had 20 points, stroking from beyond the arc on four occasions and two of those from deeper than deep.
Desiree Haugen cleaned up the glass and scored 19 points on eight shots from in or near the paint.
Shelby Dellinger contributed five points and Jayci Braudrick had a late but hard-earned basket to round out Caddo scoring.
The Lady Bruins were ahead 19-10 after one quarter, but took advantage of Smithville’s missed opportunities to close the gap on a 14-9 Caddo run in the second.
The Lady Braves closed to within 11 points early in the third, so Miller pulled up for one of her threes to answer the challenge. Caddo won the third 21-14 and closed the game on a 15-5 romp through the final frame.
Kaitlyn McBroom scored 18 points for Smithville, who will have one more shot in a Friday night consolation game in Quinton.