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Huge rally from Varnum spurs victory against Leedey

EDMOND — Fourth-ranked Varnum rallied from a 15-point third quarter deficit to down No. 11 Leedey, 45-43, Thursday in a Class B girls' state tournament opening round thriller at Deer Creek High School.

It started well for Varnum as Nakai's Harjo's steal and bucket gave the Whippets an 8-3 midway through the first period, but Varnum didn't score another point for 12½ minutes.

“Most of the time you do that, you don't survive it,” Varnum coach Jon Marc said.

Leedey held Varnum scoreless in the second period to lead 15-8 at halftime, then the Bison outscored the Whippets 10-2 in the opening three minutes of third quarter to build a 25-10 lead.

Harjo's basket with five minutes left in the game gave Varnum its first lead since the first quarter. The game remained tight the rest of the way.

Leedey tied the game 36-36 with three minutes left on Kirsten Carpenter's 3-point play, but Mikayla Wildcat then drained a 3-pointer that gave the Whippets the lead for good.

Chassidy Ray had a game-high 17 points for Leedey.

EDMOND — Kremlin- Hillsdale, making its first appearance in the girls' state basketball tournament in 22 years, got its first state tournament victory with a 40-33 win over Burlington.

“It's a pretty amazing feeling,” Kremlin-Hillsdale coach Tana Gragg said.

It was the fourth time the third-ranked Broncs have played conference foe and No. 5 Burlington this season. It was also the fourth time they have won.

“Playing someone four times is never good,” Gragg said. “We have come out on top every time, but they have made it closer and closer the last two. A lot of credit to those girls for coming out and working hard tonight.”

Jordan Harris led the Broncs with 12 points. Rebecca Wasson and Daylen Dulinsky each had 10.

Kremlin-Hillsdale had a 35-20 lead after a Dulinsky 3-pointer with a minute left in the third period, but Burlington held the Broncs to just five points in the fourth quarter.

Stephanie Croft's two free throws with just over a minute remaining cut Kremlin-Hilldale's lead to 38-33, but the Elks could get no closer.

Ed Godfrey

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