Phoenix staff report
INOLA TOURNAMENT — Sinking four-of-five free throws in the last 90 seconds, Fort Gibson defeated Verdigris 49-43 to win the girls’ title on Saturday night to stay perfect through six games this season.
Brooke Palmer had 14 points, while Savannah Gray sank four 3-pointers for 12 points and Allie Glover added 10 for the team ranked No. 2 in the Okrankings.com Class 4A poll.
Coach Jerry Walker likes the way his team’s developing.
“We’re growing up,” he said. “It makes it fun when you win while you’re learning. Verdigris had everybody back from their team that went to state in Class 3A last year.”
Baileigh O’Dell led 3A No. 4 Verdigris with 15 points and Courtney Risenhoover had 12.
Fort Gibson led 27-22 at halftime.
Jayme Hill came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second half.
Elsewhere, Baylee Ratliff and Kelsey Leach scored 10 points each for Sequoyah, but the Lady Indians fell 49-34 to Oologah in the girls consolation finals to drop to 3-2 for the season. Sequoyah trailed 25-19 at halftime.
In the boys division, Sequoyah lost 54-48 to Verdigris in the finale to drop to 3-2 for the season.
B.J. Leach led the No. 8 Indians with 15 points and all-tournament selection Ryan Helsley added 13.
Cade Upshaw led the No. 3 Cardinals with 15 points.
“We played good defense in the first half,” coach Jay Herrin said. “We only shot nine free throws (on Saturday) after shooting 36 on Thursday. We didn’t get to the rim as much.”
Area players named to the all-tournament teams included Palmer and Glover along with Helsley and Fort Gibson’s Jordan Hill.
CROWDER TOURNAMENT — Oktaha’s Tigers (7-0) and Lady Tigers (7-0) took the tournament championships.
In the boys division, coach Jim Glover’s squad defeated Tushka 48-40 as Blake Pittman scored 16 points and Dustin Leach added 10. Pittman was named the Most Valuable Player.
Oktaha trailed 26-14 at halftime, but erupted for 25 points in the third period on the strength of five 3-pointers including two each by Pittman and Leach. The Tigers were No. 2 in this past week’s poll.
In girls action, Lanessa Grayson and Shelby Gamble scored 17 points each to lead a quartet of double figure scorers as the Lady Tigers (7-0) toppled Wilburton 70-47 to win the title.
Grayson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. No. 6 Oktaha jumped out to a 25-17 lead in the first quarter and 38-30 advantage at halftime.
Makayla Baldridge had 16 and Jaylie Roper added 13. Gamble and Roper were named to the all-tournament team. Christine Sockley had 13 points, while Kelbie Moon scored 11 for Wilburton.
GREENLEAF INVITATIONAL — Alison Arnall scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds, had five steals and four assists as the Hulbert Lady Riders beat Oaks 39-29 to win the girls division championship.
Lindsay Krueger scored 12 points as Hulbert improved to 5-0 and won its first tournament since capturing titles at McAlester and the Bedouin Shrine Classic three years ago. Hulbert had 9-0 run in the second period to pull away to hand Oaks its first loss in seven games.
In the other girls tournament action, Porum beat Webbers Falls 43-40 for third place and Kinta defeated Braggs 39-29 for the consolation championship.
In the boys final, Jacob Richardson poured in 39 points as the Porter Pirates (5-1) defeated Gore 52-48 for the championship.
“Our defense was absolutely smothering,” Porter coach Jason Jack. “It was a collective defensive effort.”
Jake Johnson scored 16 and Ben Smith added 11 points for Gore.
In the other boys action, Hulbert beat Kinta 47-42 for third place as Chris Vance scored 14 and Craig Potts added eight, while Porum beat Webbers Falls 30-22 for the consolation title.
LIBERTY TOURNAMENT — Alex Wheeland sank four free throws in the last minute as part of his game-high 22 points as the Haskell Haymakers downed Keifer 67-63 to take third place.
Michael Love had 17, while Wes Davis added 14 points including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
In the girls division, Sherrell McHenry scored a game-high 15 points as the Haskell Lady Haymakers (2-2) defeated the Lady Mustangs 46-20 and take fifth place. Courtney Smith led Okay with five points. Haskell led 25-4 at halftime.
KEYS TOURNAMENT — Both of Keys’ teams lost in the finals to Muldrow as the boys lost 53-35 and the girls fell 51-32.
In the boys game, Trevor Eubanks had 19 for the Cougars (4-2). Sydney Rainbolt topped the Lady Cougars (2-4) with 12. Keys’ girls only made seven-of-18 free throws in the first half.
KIOWA TOURNAMENT — Midway (5-1) outscored Caddo 28-22 in the second half en route to the 54-45 victory to win the girls division title. Zadie McElhaney led the Lady Chargers with 17 points, while Hailee Truesdell had 14 and Courteni Conley added 11.
SMITH WINS TITLE — Jacobe Smith won the 152-pound division at the Perry Tournament Saturday as the Muskogee Roughers placed fourth in the team standings with 127 points.
Arkansas City (187.50) won the team title while Perry (161) and Ponca City (129) was second and third.
Meanwhile, Cori Andrews finished second for the Roughers at 195 pounds. J.T. Andrews was third (170), James Buckhanan (160) took fourth, Elijah Pettey (285) and Chase Soper (120) were fifth and Dalton Harnage (126) and Matt Acee (132) placed sixth.