The Yukon girls basketball team fell to 1-1 on the young season with a nail-biting 54-53 loss at Norman on Tuesday evening.
The Millerettes dominated the first quarter on both ends of the floor, as they were controlling the pace of the game against the Lady Tigers. YHS led NHS 18-13 after one quarter of play.
There wasn’t as much scoring from either team in the second quarter, but Yukon continued to control the game with their defense and rebounding. The Millerettes had a four-point lead at halftime over the Lady Tigers at 25-21.
In the third quarter, NHS got back into the game. The YHS’ defense began to breakdown and starting center Mallory Scott went down in the third frame with a sprained ankle and had to leave the game and would not return. The score was tied at 37-37 after three quarters.
Both teams put on an offensive show in the final quarter of the game but it was Norman, who was able to scratch out the one-point victory over Yukon.
“We are proud of the way the girls battled tonight,” Yukon coach Eric Sailer said. “We played hard but we just didn’t make the plays down the stretch we needed to make to win the game. It is tough winning games on the road. You have to play mistake-free basketball and we didn’t do that tonight but we will bounce back.”
The five starters in the game were Jules Martin, Becka Cammon, Kristen Readel, Ashlyn Basler and Mallory Scott.
The Millerettes are playing in their first tournament of the season this weekend with a trip to Tahlequah.