Tahlequah Daily Press

March 9, 2013

Fort Gibson wins second 4A title in 3 years

High school basketball championship game recaps.


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY — Brooke Palmer had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Fort Gibson won its second state championship in three years, beating Mount St. Mary's 58-43 Saturday night for the Class 4A title.

The Lady Tigers (29-1) dominated the boards in the second half, outrebounding Mount St. Mary's 21-4. Palmer, Cheyenne Johnson and Savannah Gray each had six rebounds apiece after halftime, and Fort Gibson turned eight offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points to pull away.

Aimee Rishcard scored 18 points to lead the Lady Rockets (25-6), who were up 27-26 early in the second half before Fort Gibson reeled off seven straight points. Mount St. Mary's got within 34-33 on Rishcard's 3-pointer before the Lady Tigers put it away with a 12-2 run.

Allie Glover added 12 points for Fort Gibson.



Clark's 51 leads Douglass past Roland 82-80

OKLAHOMA CITY — Stevie Clark had 51 points in a scoring duel with Roland's Seth Youngblood, leading Douglass to an 82-80 victory and its fourth straight Class 4A state championship.

Clark — who has signed to play at Oklahoma State next season — scored the Trojans' last nine points after Youngblood's four-point play gave Roland (28-2) a 74-73 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Clark's layup put Douglass (27-3) back ahead and then je hit a 3-pointer to make it a four-point game. After another 3-pointer by Youngblood, Clark hit four free throws in the final 40 seconds to close out the win for Douglass.

Youngblood ended up with 41 points — hitting nine of 15 3-point attempts. Brooks Robertson added 15 points for Roland.

Glenn Banks had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Douglass.



Woodard's tip-in lifts Edmond Memorial to 6A crown

TULSA — Jordan Woodard's tip-in at the buzzer lifted Edmond Memorial to a 49-48 win over Midwest City in the Class 6A Boys state championship game Saturday night.

The win marked the second state championship in three seasons for the Bulldogs (26-2), who squandered a 12-point lead they held against the Bombers (27-2) before halftime.

Midwest City appeared to have locked it up when Trey Sneed sank two free throws for the Bombers with 31 seconds left, but in the final 17 seconds Aaron Young scored on a free throw and Shaquille Morris scored off an offensive rebound with 7.1 seconds left to make it 48-47. After a Midwest City turnover, Woodard scored on the tip-in.

Morris had 20 points for Edmond Memorial and Torey Noel had 20 for Midwest City.



Booker T. Washington 52, Bixby 46 in girls 6A

TULSA — Kaylan Mayberry scored 22 points to lead No. 6 Tulsa Booker T. Washington to a 52-46 win over third-ranked Bixby in Class 6A Girls state championship game at Oral Roberts' University's Mabee Center.

BTW took the lead for good in Saturday's game with a layup by Sandy Samilton with just more than two minutes to play and MaKenzie Ellis' two free throws with 30.4 seconds left iced the game for the Hornets.

The state title is the third in six seasons for the Lady Hornets (27-2).

The Lady Spartans (21-8) had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead when they turned the ball over and Ellis was eventually fouled — leading to the clinching free throws.

Stevi Parker led Bixby with 13 points and Christian Devers added 11 for the Lady Spartans.



Tulsa Memorial 59, Bishop McGuinness 42 in 5A boys

TULSA — Devin Perez scored 18 points and Demari Edwards added 15 as Tulsa Memorial beat Bishop McGuinness 59-42 for the boys Class 5A state championship in Tulsa.

Saturday's win gives the Chargers (23-5) their first state championship since 2008 and sixth in school history.

Tulsa Memorial led 23-17 at halftime and 32-25 in the third quarter before breaking the game open — leading by 22 at one point.

David Love and Stephen Amalog each scored 13 points to lead the Fighting Irish.



Deer Creek beats Shawnee 59-44 for girls 5A title

TULSA — Ashley Gibson scored 21 points, Bayli Blanchard got 16 and Dakota Vann made 14 as No. 2 Deer Creek knocked off top-ranked Shawnee, 59-44 in the Class 5A Girls state championship game.

Saturday's game at the ORU Mabee Center was closer than the final score suggests, as Deer Creek pushed its lead from three points to 15 in the last two minutes by sinking free throws.

The Lady Antlers led by a point at halftime and pulled away with an 18-5 run in the second half that gave them a 41-27 lead. Shawnee cut the lead to 46-43 with just under two minutes left but got no closer.

It is the first state championship for Deer Creek (27-2) since 2006, when it won at the 4A level. Shawnee (26-3) won last year's state title.



Sulphur beats Perkins-Tryon 42-34 for 3A title

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ashley Hughes scored 15 points and Sulphur beat Perkins-Tryon 42-34 to win a Class 3A girls state championship game featuring teams that had both reached the finals undefeated.

The Lady Demons (28-1) were never able to recover after being held to just two points in the first quarter of Saturday's game. Sulphur (30-0) led by 10 at halftime and withstood a string of six straight Perkins-Tryon points to start the second half that cut the lead to 19-15 — before pulling away again.

It is the first state championship for the Lady Bulldogs.

Jordan Gorham led Perkins-Tryon with 13 points and Bailey Wensler added 11.



Latta beats Haworth 58-41 to take boys 2A title

OKLAHOMA CITY — Trent Storts scored 18 points, Kade Hayes chipped in 15 points and Latta never trailed on its way to a 58-41 victory Saturday against Haworth in the Class 2A boys state championship game

It was the first state title for Latta (29-3).

Storts hit a 3-pointer and then Hayes followed with three more 3s during a 12-0 first half run, putting Panthers in control to stay. Hayes' third 3-pointer made it 16-4 early in the second quarter.

Haworth (28-7) could never again get within single digits. Oscar Rivera had 11 points to lead the Lions.

Jake Collins hit all eight of his foul shots and finished with 10 points for Latta.



Northeast pulls away, tops Alva 53-36 for 2A title

OKLAHOMA CITY — Lanesia Williams scored 14 of her 21 points in the second half, T'ona Edwards added 11 points and Northeast pulled away to beat Alva 53-36 in the Class 2A girls state championship game.

Chanel Akins had a pair of baskets in a 9-0 run to start the second half of Saturday's game as the Lady Vikings (30-0) built on a 22-21 halftime lead. Northeast shot 61 percent in the second half while limiting the Lady Bugs (25-5) to just 26 percent.

Jaden Hobbs led Alva with 12 points and Lora Riley had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Akins had all 10 of her points in the second half for Northeast, which won its first state championship since 1979.