Tahlequah Daily Press

November 28, 2012

Hulbert splits with Chouteau in opener

Special Writer

— HULBERT — Tiffany Thompson put on a clinic from behind the 3-point arc to lead the Hulbert girl’s basketball team to a 73-35 victory over Chouteau Tuesday night at Rider Fieldhouse.

The junior guard drained six shots from 3-point range and led all scorers with 20 points.

“Tiffany had been in a shooting slump recently, and she had run a temperature most of the day and has been sick,” Hulbert coach Rick Ott said. “I was very happy she was able to have such a good performance tonight. She shot the ball extremely well.”

Senior center Lindsay Krueger scored 13 points for the home team, while junior forward Megan Cox contributed 12 (all in the first half) and senior guard Allison Arnall added 11.

The visiting Lady Cats got contributions in the scoring column from 11 different members of the team, and junior guard Tori Espinoza led the way with eight points off the bench. She provided a huge second-half spark for Chouteau, as she scored all four of her baskets in a three-minute stretch midway through the second half.

“I’m very pleased with my kids. Seven of them have been with me since the first day of school, and they’ve done everything I’ve asked of them. We executed well on the offensive end of the floor, and we were able to spread the ball around.”

Hulbert only held a 15-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but the home team outscored the Lady Cats 24-5 in the second quarter to take a commanding 39-14 lead into the break.

Another dominant eight minutes from the Lady Riders gave them a 59-27 lead after three quarters, and they cruised to the 38-point victory.

Chouteau 59, Hulbert 55 (boys)

The Hulbert boy’s basketball team dropped a close 59-55 decision to Chouteau Tuesday night at Rider Fieldhouse.

Senior center Craig Potts and junior guard Rico Wynn led four double-digit scorers with 13 each, while senior guard Chris Vance joined freshman guard Mason Fielden with 11 for the Riders.

Sophomore guard Arlis Aslip dropped 17 for the visiting Wildcats, while Matthew Bendure added 14.

“Matthew has been a role player his whole life, and he’s really stepped up now that he’s gotten a chance to be more of a focal point of our offense,” Chouteau coach Travis Wheeler said. “Arlis is a sophomore that has always been a scorer. He’s one of those kids that never met a shot he didn’t like.

“This was a tough win for us tonight, and I’m very pleased with how we were able to battle against a very physical team.”

Hulbert pushed ahead early and held a 13-7 midway through the opening quarter, but Chouteau battled back and got within one at 16-15 at the end of the first 12 minutes.

Neither team had more than a four-point advantage in the second quarter, and the two sides took a 31-31 score into intermission.

The Wildcats pulled ahead in the third quarter and used a 15-5 run that overlapped the fourth quarter to pull ahead 52-43. Hulbert narrowed the gap to within five with four minutes to play, but Chouteau was able to stave off the comeback attempt and hold on for the road win.

“This was a good hard-fought win,” Wheeler said. “This is a tough gym to play in, and they’ve got some tough kids. (Hulbert) is going to be good this season.”