Millerettes earn second in Anadarko Midfirst Classic

The Yukon girls’ basketball team traveled south over the weekend to compete in the Anadarko Midfirst Classic. After three days of competition, they came away with a second-place finish.
“Thursday and Friday, I thought our fight and togetherness was outstanding,” Yukon coach Roy Wyckoff said. “I thought we had two good wins over two solid teams. I was really pleased with that.
“Anadarko, the team we played in the finals, is really, really good. We weren’t pleased with how we played or competed. They beat us pretty bad. But overall, to take the weekend in total, I was pleased.”
The Millerettes started off the tourney Thursday by facing No. 18 Guyman (5A). They were able to hold on for a 49-44 victory.
In the semifinals Friday, Yukon took on No. 9 El Reno (5A). They slowed down El Reno and earned a 50-39 win.
While Sydney Brown led all scorers with 26 points, Wyckoff gave credit to the team’s overall defense.
“Friday, I was most pleased with defensively and shutting down Ashlynn Evans, who is El Reno’s leading scorer,” Wyckoff said. “We did a really good job. We held her to six points. And it was really a team effort. We switched different girls on her, but we defended her as a whole team.”
That set up a matchup with No. 1 Anadarko (4A) in the championship game Saturday evening. The Miller-ettes fell 70-21.
“I do think we were worn down,” Wyckoff said. “We are asking our girls to play lots of minutes with a high level of effort with the way we try to pressure the whole game and not sub you. We were a little banged up, a little sore, little tired. Not an excuse.”
According to Wyckoff, Yukon began the night playing hard, but wasn’t making shots. That caught up to them as the game wore on.
“We look up at the scoreboard, and we’re getting beat pretty handily,” Wyckoff said. “I think our effort started to fall off midway through the second quarter. Partially due to mental and physical fatigue. Partially due to getting discouraged.”
Yukon (6-6) got back to work on Tuesday when they faced No. 12 Deer Creek (9-2). They will travel to Southmoore on Friday to take on the Lady SaberCats (0-8).

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