WILBURTON – The fourth quarter was not kind to Caddo on Thursday in the Class 2A Area Tournament as both the girls’ and boys’ teams ended their seasons at Digger Fieldhouse.
In the afternoon session it was a sloppy start and a sloppy finish for the Bruins as 23 turnovers proved extremely costly in a 52-48 loss to Wister.
Then in the nightcap, the Lady Bruins controlled the tempo for much of three quarters before watching Rattan catch fire in the final frame, more than doubling their scoring total to rally for a 43-38 win.
Caddo’s boys close the season at 19-6 while the girls finish at 20-6.
Rattan 43, Caddo 38 (Girls)
After spotting Rattan a quick 5-0 lead, Caddo took control with a deliberate offensive attack that seemed to drastically frustrate the athletic Lady Rams much of the contest.
While the Lady Bruins only managed a lone first quarter field goal from Alli Adair on one of eight shooting they managed to slow the normal up-tempo attack of Rattan.
Two Adair free throws with 3:55 left in the period proved to be the only points for either side over the final five minutes of the frame with Rattan holding a 5-4 edge after one stanza.
It tied at 8-8 following a Hannah Brown trey but that was Rattan’s lone score of the second quarter as well despite plenty of second chance opportunities as the Lady Rams controlled the offensive glass throughout the half.
Caddo escaped relatively unscathed however thanks to a woeful Rattan field goal percentage and the Lady Bruins were able to find a bit off offensive rhythm to finish the frame on a 7-0 run.
Adair’s finish at the basket triggered the flurry as Tanna Hightower drained a three-pointer and Brittney Miller scored in a transition off a Rattan turnover to push Caddo to a 15-8 edge at the break.
Two free throws by Adair gave the Lady Bruins their biggest lead of the contest at 17-8 to open the third period but that’s when Rattan started to catch fire.
Southeastern signee Neely Noel drilled a three-pointer and also added a layup at the buzzer to cut the Caddo advantage to 23-18 heading to the fourth.
Noel tossed in another trey 10 seconds into the final frame and the race was on from there as both teams turned up the offensive heat.
That did not play to Caddo’s advantage however as the Lady Rams slowly crawled back to even.
The Lady Bruins continued to hold Rattan off until a Noel three-pointer put the Lady Rams in front for the first time since early in the game at 32-31.
Miller responded with a layup and the lead see-sawed until Adair tied it on a basket in the paint with 30 seconds remaining.
Rattan had the answer though as Noel found a wide open Jacey Gibbs on the right wing and she drained a dagger three with 12 seconds remaining.
Adair misfired on a running 25-footer with four seconds left and Rattan rebounded, hitting two free throws to finish it off.
The Lady Bruins were led by Adair’s 19 points in her final contest at CHS with Kacie Clower contributing nine and Miller five. Hightower scored three and Kynsey Dixon notched two.
Noel got hot late, scoring 12 of her team-high 17 for the Lady Rams. Gibbs also reached double figures with 11.
Wister 52, Caddo 48 (Boys)
Frustrating would be good word to describe the Bruins’ first half performance, which got off to an ominous start with three turnovers in less than a minute after the opening tipoff.
Caddo committed 12 turnovers and could not get its three-point shooting on track with just one trey in the opening two quarters. The Bruins were able to stay in the game however thanks to a rough first half shooting performance by the Wildcats as they trailed only 24-21 at the break following a pair of closing free throws from Garrett McMichael.
Wister utilized a trapping defense throughout the first half, forcing mistake after mistake by the Bruins, who scored six of their points on offensive putbacks.
The Wildcats turned the ball over on their opening two possessions of the second half but Caddo was unable to convert despite point blank opportunities in transition each time.
Despite missing a plethora of close range shots early in the frame, the Bruins continued attacking the basket in the third period eventually tying the game on a Daniel Stone conventional three-point play before taking their first lead with a driving shot by McMichael.
The lead then see-sawed back and forth before Caddo got another conventional three-point play from Kaden Johnson and five straight McMichael points to grab a 36-33 lead. Wister however cashed in a Bruin turnover in the waning seconds on a Scotty Gibson bucket to knot the score again heading to the final quarter.
McMichael equaled Caddo’s biggest lead on a trey to start the fourth but the Wildcats came storming back, taking advantage of nine Bruin turnovers after Johnson (the team’s point guard) fouled out with 6:30 remaining.
Garrett McMichael kept the Bruins in it, scoring all of his team’s 12 points in the frame, including a charity toss with 1:50 to play for their final lead at 47-46.
A steal by McMichael and one of two at the free throw line with 53 seconds left knotted it again at 48. Kolton Lynn’s five-foot jumper moments later put Wister ahead to stay as Caddo missed a shot and turned it over again with 11 seconds to go following a pair of Lynn free shots that made a two possession game.
“We didn’t come out with the same intensity as we had Saturday against Wright City,” Caddo first-year coach Kolby Johnson said afterward. “If you don’t show up ready to play this time of year you’re going to get beat and that’s what happened.”
In total, the Bruins finished with an uncharacteristic 23 turnovers in the game.
McMichael led the scoring charge with 25 points but no other Caddo player reached double figures. Stone and K.W. Adair tossed in seven each, Gage McMichael added one trey while Johnson, Matthew Jenkins and Braden Couch ended with two points apiece.
Lynn notched 19 points to pace Wister, which improved to 21-8 on the year.
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