By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
SHATTUCK, Okla.—It was a tough night for the Balko Lady Bison who ran into a buzzsaw Saturday night when they took on the No.5 Shattuck Lady Indians. Shattuck's Daniela Galindo scored 19 of her game-high 25 points in the first half as Balko fell behind by 20 points,and could never fully recover, losing by a final score of 58-42.
After a 6-5 start that favored the Lady Bison, Shattuck took over with a 12-0 run led by Galindo, who scored 14 of the Lady Indians first 17 points.
Shattuck continued to pour it on in the second quarter, and led 31-11 at the break.
“We missed some shots early and they made a lot, and fell into a bit of a hole,” Lady Bison coach Mitch Cowan said. “We looked tired from the double overtime game the night before.”
In the second half Balko started getting the ball to Madison Dearmin in the post. Dearmin scored 10 of her 14 points in the third quarter, and Balko went on an 11-0 run that started late in the third quarter that cut the Lady Indian's lead back to 12 (42-28) with 5:41 left in the game.
But the Lady Bison could get no closer with Shattuck making 18 of 22 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep Balko at bay.
Balko still advances to the area tournament in Woodward, but will have to win three games in three days to make it to the state tournament. Balko will take on Okeene Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
“We've done it before,” Cowan said. “These girls have been down this road. We have to have some girls step up, and they are capable of it.”