Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

March 14, 2014

Area state tournament briefs

A look at how Fort Gibson, Muskogee and Stilwell teams fared in the opening round of 4A and 6A state tournaments

4A girls: Fort Gibson 61, Elgin 45

OKLAHOMA CITY — Desiree Phipps, a Tahlequah transfer, put No. 1 Fort Gibson on her back and carried the Lady Tigers into the semifinals.

Phipps scored 17 of her team-high 30 points in the second half to guide Fort Gibson into a matchup with Vinita on Friday morning at 10:30.

“Usually one of us gets on fire in the game and it just happened to be me tonight,” Phipps said. “I was feeling pretty good. I’ve never scored that much before and for it to be in the state tournament, it feels even better.”

Savannah Gray added 10 points for Fort Gibson (28-1).

Kaitlyn Holmgren led Elgin with 18 points.

4A boys: Stilwell 63, Fort Gibson 44

Matt Lea dominated inside and scored 31 points to lead No. 11 Stilwell to a blowout victory over sixth-ranked Fort Gibson. Lea also finished with 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

The Indians (24-5) advance to face 12th-ranked Mannford on Friday night at Yukon High School. Ryan Collins ended the night with 12 points while Chase Littlejohn had 11 points for Stilwell.

Fort Gibson’s season ends at 24-4.

“We played good up until today — just picked the wrong day to play bad” Fort Gibson coach Gary Hendrix said. “They played good defense and shot the ball better than we did. They rebounded better and we couldn’t get a body on anyone. But it still hurts.”

6A girls: Muskogee 63, Midwest City 54

SKIATOOK — Sophomore Jada Ford scored a game-high 23 points and Aaliyah Wilson chipped in with 17 points as eighth-ranked Muskogee scored a quarterfinal upset of No. 4 Midwest City on Thursday afternoon.

Leading by four points late in the fourth quarter, Ford buried a corner 3 to give Muskogee at commanding seven-point lead.

Muskogee will take on Edmond Santa Fe at 10:30 a.m. today at the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University.

Chinna Fair led Midwest City with 12 points, and Jasauen Beard added 11 points in the losing cause.

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