By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor
HENRYETTA - The Henryetta Lady Knight varsity basketball team kicked off the second-half portion of their 2016-17 schedule here Monday afternoon against the Metro Christian Lady Patriots.
The meeting with the Lady Patriots came in the opening round of the 2017 Henryetta Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Henryetta Event Center.
The Lady Knight offense sputtered throughout the contest, resulting in an 81-21 loss for the host Henryetta squad.
The opening-round setback drops the Henryetta ladies into the consolation side of the bracket and a consolation semifinal meeting on Friday at 7 p.m. against the loser of Tuesday's first-round showdown between Poteau and Wilburton.
A win on Friday will put the Lady Knights in the consolation finals on Saturday at 1 p.m., while a loss on Friday will conclude the Henryetta squad's tournament participation.
The Lady Knights trailed 19-2 after the first eight minutes of action with the two points coming on a short jumper by senior Sydne King with 7.1 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Metro Christian opened the second period with an 8-0 run before King knocked down another short-range jumper at 4:28 to make it a 27-4 contest.
The Lady Patriots took the final four and one-half minutes of the second stanza by a 14-2 margin to lead 41-6 at the halftime break.
Henryetta began the third quarter with a 4-1 advantage to make it a 42-10 contest. Metro Christian finished the frame with a 17-2 run to lead 59-12 with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
In the final period, the Lady Patriots came away with a 22-9 advantage to hand the host Henryetta Lady Knights the 81-21 setback.
All nine of Henryetta's points in the final quarter came on 3-point baskets by sophomore Danielle LaSarge.
LaSarge led Henryetta in scoring with 11 points. King was next with eight, while Ashlyn Green accounted for the other two points for the Lady Knights with a pair of made free throws in the third quarter.
Metro Christian had four players reach double figures in the contest, led by the duo of Olivia Duke and Riley Roth with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Brooklyn Groves was next for the Lady Patriots with 12, followed by Sierra Munoz with 11.
Most of Duke's points came from long range, as the 5-7 senior drained seven of the team's 17 three-point baskets.