The Satanta Indians girls basketball team outscored the Sublette Larks 21-17 in the third quarter of Monday’s game, but in the end it wasn’t enough as the Sublette Larks beat the Indians 67-51.

The Larks outscored the Indians 18-8 in the first quarter, 11-8 in the second and 21-14 in the fourth to advance into the winner’s side of the Cimarron Invitational bracket.

Junior Ava Howie had two 3-pointers in the first quarter and a 2-point shot, recording the team’s first eight points despite obvious efforts by the Larks to stay with her, such as yelling out “where’s the shooter?” seemingly whenever Howie got too distant for comfort from a Lark defender, or when she got the ball.

The team was coming off an 81-25 loss to the South Central Timberwolves Friday.

Satanta coach Janie Lutz said the third quarter of Monday’s game was similar to the third quarter of Friday’s. In Friday’s third quarter, the Indians still got outscored by the Timberwolves, but scored 15 points, their highest of the night.

“That’s what happened to us last Friday too,” Lutz said. “It took us that long for us to find ourselves and get going.”

The team is starting to get more and more comfortable with each other and see what they can do, Lutz said.

“It’s just exciting to see them finally see the light of things right now,” Lutz said.

Monday, the team’s offense showed better execution in the third than it did the rest of the game, with Howie both hitting shots but also facilitating the Indians’ offense by using the Larks’ added attention on her to dribble close, then pop the ball out to teammates waiting on the perimeter for less-contested shots.

Most of those didn’t fall Monday, but it was a sign the team’s scheme can work in stretches.

For Sublette, senior Mia Kells had 21 points. Sophomore Isabella Desaire had 13, junior Madeline Lee had 10, senior Mercedes Martinez had 7, junior Reagan Frank had 7, and junior Bekah Unruh had 6.

For the Indians, junior Ava Howie led the team with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Sophomore Sicely Jackson had 10 points, senior Lizette Olivas had 9, senior Tanna Anderson had 6 and senior Brooke Abernathy had 5.

Sublette is scheduled to play again in the tournament at 3:00 p.m. Friday in the high school’s main gym, where they will face the winner of Tuesday night’s game between Meade and Minneola.

Satanta is scheduled to play again in the tournament at 3:00 p.m. Friday in the high school’s auxiliary gym, where they will face the losing team of Tuesday night’s game between Meade and Minneola.