Tahlequah Daily Press


February 2, 2013

Fort Gibson teams pull off season sweep of Keys


Fort Gibson 46, Keys (girls) 30

On a night where the phrase “cold shooting” was a major understatement, Class 4A’s second-ranked Lady Tigers remained undefeated for the season as they went to the inside game and strong defense to pound out the win.

It was nightmarish night of shooting for Fort Gibson, going 14-of-49 (29 percent) from the field and only 2-of-18 (11 percent) from beyond the arc.

“Pretty poor shooting,” Fort Gibson coach Jerry Walker said. “No  excuses. We had open looks and didn’t hit. And when that happens you’ve got to make sure and play good defense. And to hold this bunch to 30 points on their floor tells me we did that.”

Since they couldn’t hit from the outside, the Lady Tigers (19-0) used the inside muscle of senior center Brooke Palmer, who scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the first half to spur Fort Gibson to a 26-12 halftime advantage.

Keys (10-8) didn’t fare much better in the shooting department, going 12-of-50 (24 percent) from the field for the game. The Lady Cougars used the inside play of their center Sydney Rainbolt to stay in the game. But, as has been the case much of the season, she got in foul trouble with three fouls in the first half and eventually fouled out midway through the final quarter with a team-high 12 points.

“If we have her in the game, we’re a different ball club,” Keys coach Mickey Duncan said. “You look at every loss we have so far and she’s ended up on the bench at the end.”

Despite their shooting difficulties, Fort Gibson led at the half 26-12. Keys made a brief run early in the third quarter by scoring seven straight out of the gate to make it  26-19. But the Lady Tigers outscored Keys 10-2 over the final 5:41 of the quarter to lead 36-21.

Palmer was the only Lady Tiger in double figures on the night.

The Tigers will be home to face Coweta on Monday, then Hilldale on Tuesday. The Cougars will Tueday at Locust Grove.

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