The Cowgirls shot 53 percent from the field on the night but had to hold off a furious NEO rally at the end for the win to avenge an overtime loss to the Lady Norse last weekend.
Connors was in control from the outset as Dallas freshman Kionce' Woods had 16 first half points to help propel the Cowgirls to a 13 point lead at the half which remained intact through three quarters.
But the Lady Norse slowly ate away at that lead with a 26-point fourth quarter that saw them make it a 63-61 game with just over a minute left to play. Zee McCallister hit one of two free throws to make it three-point lead and Isabel Gonzales hit two clutch charities with seven ticks left to seal the win
"We've played six games in 10 days including three overtime games and I think our legs started to give out on us in that fourth quarter a little," said Cowgirl coach Jamie Fisher. "I think we're starting to regain some confidence and learning how to win. We lost track of our game plan in that fourth quarter which was to slow them down a little but I'm proud of the girls for fighting through the adversity and finding a way to win."
Woods led the way for the Cowgirls (7-9, 3-8) with 20 points on the night followed by McCallister with 16 and Cheyanne Crain with 10 including two big treys in the final quarter. NEO (6-5, 5-4) also had a 20-point scorer in Caleigh Stevenson with Kristina Ekofo adding 16 and Dariann Myles with 15 on the night.
"I felt these last couple of game we have had different players step up each night and tonight wasn't any different." said Fisher "I was excited to see Kionce', Zee and Chay step up where last game it was Cheyanne, Isa, Jasmyn, and Chuck." "I go back to this these last three games, but all we are worried about is staying in the moment and improving each day." said Fisher
UP NEXT: Saturday at home against Northern-Enid at 2 and 4 p.m.