By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer
FORT GIBSON — Hilldale coach Scott Hensley was blaming himself after the Lady Hornets fell 47-45 in overtime in the Class 4A Area IV consolation semifinals at Harrison Field House on Friday night.
He had his team playing a full-court press, but Poteau’s Kaitlyn Standridge broke the press and passed it to Colleen Peterson and Peterson’s layup with 1.1 seconds left in the overtime lifted the Lady Pirates to the win and end Hilldale’s best season since 1991-92 at 17-9.
“It was my fault that I sprung that defense on them,” Hensley said outside the locker room. “That was not a very good call. That was too much area to cover there.”
Poteau coach Scott Gregory was sighing relief as his Lady Pirates (18-8) will meet Muldrow at 1:30 p.m. today in the consolation finals.
“Sometimes you’ve got to hang in there and see what you can do to win,” he said. “We found a way to get it done. Hilldale’s a good team.”
The Lady Hornets, though, were enthused by the return of freshman guard Katie Kirkhart. She started and finished with a team-high 15 points after not being able to play Thursday because of an ankle injury suffered Tuesday.
When she wasn’t on the floor Friday, she was behind the bench stretching out the ankle.
“I was doing that so it wouldn’t lock up,” Kirkhart said. “We can go out of here with our heads up. We had a good season.”
Peterson led the Lady Pirates with 17 points. The other double figure scorers were Standridge with 13 and Montana Roll had 11. Roll missed a long 3-point attempt with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.