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By Glen Miller
OKLAHOMA CITY – Okarche High School’s girls basketball team scored only seven baskets in the second half of the Warriors quarterfinal game Thursday at the 2013 Class A State High School Basketball Championships.
As it turned out, that was all that was needed.
Those seven baskets produced 20 points and Okarche made just enough free throws in the final minute to hold off No. 8 Sterling for a 57-47 victory.
The win moved Okarche, ranked No. 1 in the state, to 27-3 on the season. More importantly it moved the Warriors into the state semifinals for a third time in the last four seasons against No. 10 Turner. That game was to be played at the at the ‘Big House’ (aka State Fair Arena).
Okarche never trailed in the second half, building off a 26-21 halftime lead on a conventional 3-point play from Madison Lee. It would be the only 2-point basket in the final two periods for the Warriors.
Morgan Vogt (5:33) and Madi Grellner (5:11) ripped back to back 3-pointers to give Okarche a 35-24 lead. That margin grew to 13 points, 39-26, on a Grellner trey with 4:05 left in the third.
Sterling fought back to within eight points, before Vogt (1:10) and Grellner (6.1) connected from the perimeter to send the Warriors off into the final period up 10, 45-35.
Okarche took its biggest lead of the game, 51-35, on a Vogt 3-pointer followed by a 3-of-4 effort at the line by the junior guard to open the fourth frame.
The remainder of Okarche’s scoring in the game came at the free throw line as the Warriors went 6-of-14 over the last 3:17 of the game.
Sterling went on a 9-3 run in the final minute to try and make the game close, but could close no further that 56-47. Vogt answered with a free throw with 11 seconds left to secure the 10-point win.
Okarche had only four players score in the contest as Madi Grellner ripped six 3-pointers en route to a 19-point game. Vogt buried five treys to highlight her game-high 27 points. Madison lee led those in single digits with eight points, while Kenadey Grellner added three points.