FORT GIBSON — Twelve Keys turnovers in the second period helped Class 4A No. 1 Fort Gibson remain undefeated with a 68-40 victory over the Lady Cougars on Friday at Harrison Field House.
“We have been extending the zone and extending our defense up the floor. We are really athletic and have been able to create turnovers and easy baskets,” said Lady Tigers assistant Chuck London. “We did good things tonight, but we still have some things to fix and some work to do.”
A bucket from Candace Haulmark with 2:44 left in the first period that made it a 11-6 Fort Gibson advantage was the last Keys bucket before Fort Gibson would go on a 23-8 run that lasted midway into the second. Fort Gibson’s pressure defense allowed only four points in the second period from Keys (5-3). The Lady Tigers (11-0) would respond with 16 and led 38-15 at the break.
“There is a reason Fort Gibson was 10-0. There is 10 other people who haven’t figured out how to beat them and we are number 11,” said Keys head coach Mickey Duncan. “Our girls gave a lot of effort, but we didn’t hit shots that we needed, and that is also because Fort Gibson’s defense is pretty good. But we had a great effort and that is what it takes to play a team like Fort Gibson.”
Desiree Phipps was a huge part of the Lady Tigers’ first-half performance, scoring 12 points. Phipps would miss only one shot the entire game and would finish as the leading scorer with 19. She also grabbed six rebounds.
“I just hustled and played hard. Things really clicked tonight for us,” said Phipps. “We grabbed a lot of steals and we were really quick to get on the ball and that leads to points.”
Fort Gibson’s Allie Glover was the only other Tiger to score in double digits. She finished the game with 11 points.
Kaley Snyder was the leading scorer for Keys with 11 points. Snyder was also big on the boards pulling in seven rebounds. Ali Nolan finished with 10.
Boys: Fort Gibson 83, Keys 27
The 4A No. 6 Tigers had no issue putting away their 10th win of the season as they cruised to a 83-27 victory over an exposed and vulnerable Cougar team. Keys head coach Duane Jones was absent for the game, as he was tending to his ill wife who is currently hospitalized, which put all coaching responsibilities on assistant coach Shiloh Shores.
“We played pretty well. But Keys is playing with some kids hurt right now and they played without their coach also,” said Fort Gibson head coach Gary Hendrix. ”Shiloh does a great job. But any time that happens or there is any kind of disruption to your team, its tough.”
Keys’ 3-of-21 shooting performance in the first half led to a 40-8 halftime disadvantage. The shooting would not improve by much for the Cougars in the second half as they would shoot 6-for-21 for the half.
The Tigers (10-1) responded heavily on the misses and had three players in double digits. Coleman Crawley had 19 points. Jordan London finished with 13 and Dakota Lashley had 10.
Chris Stayathome would be the leading scorer for Keys (1-7), finishing with eight points.
Both Fort Gibson teams return to action next week in the Old Fort Classic while Keys goes to Hilldale tonight.