The Duke Lady Tigers (19-11) basketball team’s season came to an end Thursday at the Class B State Championship basketball tournament against the top-ranked Lomega Lady Raiders (27-2) at Deer Creek High School in Edmond.
The Lady Tigers came up short in their 55-24 loss to the defending Class B champions after Lomega used a 20-5 second quarter run to take a 32-12 halftime lead.
The Lady Raiders held Duke to just three points in the third quarter while scoring 16 of their own to take a 48-15 lead into the final frame.
Lomega pulled its starters in the fourth quarter and cruised to a 55-24 victory with title hopes intact.
Duke’s Kaylee Keck scored 13 of the Lady Tigers 24 points while Lomega’s Rachel Yost scored 16 for the defending state champions and Maci Mendell added 11.
The loss capped off a difficult season for the Lady Tigers who began 5-0 before losing four of the next five games to fall to 6-4.
The Lady Tigers won seven of eight games in January, including a three-point victory over eighth-ranked Erick.
Duke entered the Class B District tournament on a two-game losing streak, but picked up key wins over Temple, Mountain View-Gotebo and Gracemont to keep the season alive before losing for the first time to Hammon 42-34 in overtime in the Class B Area Championship tournament.
The Lady Tigers brushed past Granite 41-38 in the area championships to earn a spot in the state tournament.
The Lady Tigers finished the season averaging 44 points per game while allowing just 32.4 points per game. They picked up a championship in the Tipton Invitational tournament and fell to Granite in the championship game of the Frazer Bank Classic.
Despite the early exit from the state tournament, the Lady Tigers made it further this season than they have in the past.
Last season they exited the area tournament after falling to Leedey 47-46 in overtime. Leedey was ousted by Lomega last season after falling to the Lady Raiders in the first round by a final score of 70-59.
One of the Lady Tigers brightest stars is in her freshman year. She split time between the Duke Junior High School team and the high school team leading the junior high in scoring with 13.3 points per game.
Other freshman returners for next year are Calebi Cusher and Kylee Rice, both of whom made contributions to the high school team.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.