Forgan set for rematch with Balko
Saturday, 26 February 2011 12:39
L&T staff report
WOODWARD, Okla. — When the Forgan Lady Bulldogs lost several key players to graduation after last season’s state tournament run, many prep basketball fans in Oklahoma didn’t expect the Lady Bulldogs to do much this year. They expected the Bulldog boys to make all the headlines.
But the Lady Bulldogs have simply reloaded, led by a sophomore named Kenzi. Forgan is once again on the brink of the state tournament after downing Shattuck 41-32 Thursday afternoon in the Boomer Fieldhouse.
The win sets up a rematch of the regional championship against Balko, 55-50 losers to No. 1 Hammon Friday night. Forgan (18-9) was held to seven first half points a week ago against Balko in Goodwell before falling 35-31 to the Lady Bison.
Saturday night, the two meet again with a trip to the state tournament on the line.
Forgan had split with Shattuck during the regular season, winning in the Woodward tournament and losing at Shattuck before taking the rubber match on Friday.
Forgan was led by Kenzi Taylor, who lit up the Indians for 18 points, Allison Watson added 11, Gabby Martinez six, Lindsey Trippet four and Samantha Leisher two.
Taylor was dominant in the paint for Forgan, who was good at the basics — boxing out. Shattuck (19-10) was rarely given second shot opportunities as the Lady Bulldogs dominated the boards.
Forgan struggled a little offensively in the third, but a monster 3-pointer by Leisher put the Lady Bulldogs ip by 12 points entering the final frame. Shattuck was able to cut it to six in the fourth before Forgan pulled out for the 9-point win.
The Lady Bulldogs will take on Balko on Saturday for the area consolation title. The winner heads to Oklahoma City, the loser goes home.
The key is to overcome Balko’s pressure defense, which gave Hammon fits on Friday night. Balko fell 55-50 but led in the fourth quarter before Hammon’s superior shooting toook control and Balko had two key players foul out.
“(Forgan’s) a tough matchup,” Balko head coach Mitch Cowan said. “They’ve got a couple girls that shoot the ball well, they just keep it low-scoring and they like to pound the basketball. They’re a good basketball team. They’ll be tough to beat again.”
Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Woodward.