Dante Butler gave Moore a 56-52 advantage with two more free throws. Bean missed a 3-pointer, and Powell finished a fastbreak with a thundering two-hand dunk and was fouled. The ensuing free throw put Moore up five.
Moore’s Justin Beam added two more from the foul line on the next possession.
The game seemed to be over, but Southmoore quickly cut the lead to 61-59. Wilson hit 1-of-2 from the line and the Lions led by three with 45 seconds left. The SaberCats missed a shot and fouled Moore’s Zeke Guy on the other end. He hit both free throws to put the contest away.
“We just took too long to wake up,” Southmoore’s Preston Smith said. “It was there. We had to grab it. It was there. We just didn’t wake up in time.”
Bean led the Cats with 21 points. Darius Hodge added 20 while Chelvin Webb chipped in with 13.
Butler paced the Lions with 18 points. Wilson and Diontre Cutliff each scored 11 while Powell posted 8.
Ponca City 50, Moore 41: With 3:52 left in the fourth quarter, Amanda Patterson knocked down a jumper to close Ponca City’s gap to 41-36. The Cats scored three straight before the Lions’ Breanna Jones and Allison Rogers closed the score to 44-39.
With 1:30 left, Moore trailed 46-40. Cheyenne Hull was fouled and drained both free throws. Patterson was fouled and made 1 of 2.
The Lions forced a turnover but Patterson missed a floated form baseline.
Ponca City knocked down enough free throws down the stretch to close the game out. The Cats Ponca City played without starting senior guard Brianne Cherry, who was on the bench in street clothes.
Hall led all scorers with 27 points. That included knocking down seven 3-pointers.
Patterson scored 16 points for the Lions. Ashlie Rose and Allison Rogers each chipped in with 7.
The night before, MHS lost to No. 5 Choctaw 65-43.