Tahlequah Daily Press

February 18, 2014

Tahlequah teams lose at Stilwell

Local and state briefs

From staff and wire reports

— STILWELL — Shania Stopp exploded for 14 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Stilwell girls knocked off Tahlequah, 66-55, on Monday night. The win for the Lady Indians gave them a season sweep over their rivals from Cherokee County.

Tahlequah (8-13) trailed Stilwell 38-33 heading into the fourth quarter, where Stilwell outscored Tahlequah 28-22.

Leading the way for Stilwell (15-7( was Sara Fountain with 32 points.

Whitney Wright was Tahlequah’s lone scorer in double figures with 14 points.

In the boys game, Will Carlile and Hunter Smith both posted 13 points for the Tigers, which trailed 31-21 at halftime after falling behind 16-6 in the first period.

Matt Lea paced Stilwell (18-4) with 26 points. The Indians avenged a 58-54 loss to Tahlequah in December.

Tahlequah returns home to host Collinsville tonight. The girls game will get things started at 6.

Keys girls beat Vian again

PARK HILL — Class 3A No. 9 Vian has only lost twice this season. Both times it’s been against the Keys girls.

The second loss occurred Monday night at Cougar Fieldhouse when the Lady Cougars knocked off Vian, 43-39. Keys also beat Vian 45-33 on Jan. 20.

Sydni Rainbolt led Keys (8-10) with 13 points. Jaylee Young and Morgan Drywater had nine points apiece for the Lady Cougars, who took control in the second quarter by outscoring Vian, 15-4.

Keys’ regular season is now over and the Lady Cougars will enter postseason play on Saturday against Sequoyah in district-tournament play.

NSU golfers start season strong

SAN ANTONIO - The Northeastern State women’s golf team began spring tournament play at the St. Mary’s Invitational Monday and currently sits in third place after the opening round on the par-72, 5,950-yard Dominion Country Club.

The RiverHawks were led by freshman Sofia Castiello, who currently sits first individually, after carding a first round score of 74 and contributing to the overall team score of 316 to end the first day.

Also scoring for team NSU was freshman Baylee Price, who shot a 7-over 79 to tie for 14th place. Junior Arizona Chin carded an 80 and is tied for 26th place. Sophomore Kayla Schroeder shot 83 and is tied for 39th while junior Brooke Allison carded an 89. Allison made her return to the team after sitting out the last year and a half.

The RiverHawks currently sit behind No. 5 St. Edwards who shot 311 on the day. No. 3

Tarleton State sits in first place after shooting 307 in the first round.

Northeastern State will be back on the course for the final round of the tournament Tuesday morning.

Savchenkov claims weekly MIAA honor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kristina Savchenkov was named the MIAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Monday.

The sophomore from Moscow, Russia, has begun the season with a perfect 7-0 record, which includes a 3-0 mark at No. 1 singles and a 4-0 mark at the second doubles position.

The No. 49-ranked singles player in the nation kicked off the 2014 campaign with a straight-set upset victory over Drury’s No. 42-ranked Hadeil Ali. She also teamed with junior Barbora Jirickova to earn an 8-0 triumph in NSU’s 5-4 upset victory over the No. 24-ranked Lady Panthers.

The reigning MIAA Freshman of the Year collected her second-career weekly league honor. She also won the award on Feb. 19 of last year.

No. 25 NSU (3-1) returns to action on today against East Central at the NSU Tennis Complex. The contest will serve as the home opener for the RiverHawks.

Durant says Thunder Russell Westbrook to return against Miami

OKLAHOMA CITY — Injured Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will return Thursday against the Miami Heat, his teammate, Kevin Durant said in a recent interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons.

Westbrook has missed 27 games since having surgery on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third procedure in nine months.

The three-time NBA All-Star tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of the playoffs last April. Westbrook underwent an operation after that injury and had another procedure on Oct. 1 to remove a loose stitch.

Oklahoma City went 20-7 this season without him.

The Thunder didn’t immediately respond to calls and emails regarding Westbrook’s status.

Oklahoma City (43-12) entered the NBA All-Star break with the league’s best record.

Oklahoma to host Ark.-Pine Bluff in baseball

NORMAN — Oklahoma is to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a pair of college baseball games.

The Sooners and the Golden Lions are to play Tuesday and Wednesday in Norman with both games starting at 3:30 p.m.

OU is 2-1 after opening the season against Seton Hall. UAPB is 0-4 following its season-opening series against Tulane.