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Flying Queens lose to No. 5 ranked Stars

Flying Queen Megan Coats (left) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thursday night at the Hutch. The Queens lost, 82-62.

By: Sean Ditmore/Sports Writer

     Wayland’s Flying Queens (13-14, 8-11) suffered an unfortunate instance of déjà vu at the Hutcherson Center on Thursday night in an 82-62 loss to fifth ranked Oklahoma City (22-4, 18-1).
      For the second time this season, the Queens broke out to a fast start and gained a big lead on the #5 Stars, but were unable to maintain it in the second half.
      Back in January, the Queens dashed out to a 28-12 lead over the Stars, but eventually came up on the short end of a 67-55 final score.
      This time, riding the wave of a superlative first half by freshman point guard Megan Coats, the Queens led the Stars 38-24 with 2:40 left to play in the first half. During the half, Coats was 8 for 9 from the field for 19 points.
      The Stars scored the final seven points of the half but Wayland still held a 38-31 advantage at the break.
      Oklahoma City really turned up the heat defensively on the Queens in the second half. It resulted in a barrage of fast break layups following Wayland turnovers, and the Queens saw their halftime advantage buckle under the weight of a 26-7 run by the Stars.
      The Queens would not seriously threaten Oklahoma City again the rest of the evening.
      In all, Oklahoma City forced the Queens into 20 turnovers with 15 of them coming in the second half. Oklahoma City converted those miscues into 21 points.
      The Stars outscored the Queens 51-24 in the second half.
      Coats led the Queens with 24 points and 7 assists.
      Senior Vanita Wright was also effective, going an efficient 5 for 5 from the field for 13 points. She was limited to only 23 minutes of action, however, because of foul trouble.