Hot-shooting Vanoss KOs Kingston

Emrie Ellis got Vanoss off to a quick start and then she got help from her friends in a 64-34 win over Kingston in the late game Thursday at the 43rd Annual Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.

Vanoss, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, stayed unbeaten at 11-0 on the year, while Kingston — No. 13 in Class 3A — dropped to 2-4.

Vanoss will tangle with Christian Heritage Academy at 8 p.m. Friday night in a semifinal contest, while Kingston faces Canute at 4:30 p.m. in consolation play.

“We played well. We did a lot of things we need to do to win. There are also some things we need to do if we’re going to compete with CHA tomorrow,” said Vanoss head coach Jonathon Hurt.

Ellis scored 11 of her team’s first 13 points to help the Lady Wolves start the game on a 17-5 run. That VHS surge was capped early in the second quarter when freshman Trinity Belcher, all 5-foot, 1-inch of her, grabbed a rebound and threw an outlet pass to Emily Wilson for a layup.

Then, Lizzy Simpson scored inside at the 6:03 mark to give Vanoss its 12-point lead.

Kingston had cut the lead to 19-13 after a 3-pointer by Presley McKnight at the 4:39 mark of the second period. Vanoss answered with a 10-2 surge capped when Alexus Belcher banked in a 3-pointer that put the Lady Wolves in front 30-15.

Vanoss led 33-19 at halftime.

The Lady Wolves started the third quarter on an 11-4 run and after an Emily Wilson drained a 3-pointer, Vanoss led 44-23 at the 3:56 point of the period.

Ellis hit three consecutive jumpers at the halfway point of the final frame to put Vanoss ahead 62-30. She finished with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting. The University of Arkansas commit hit a pair of 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds and blocked six shots.

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Abby Snow of Vanoss runs away from Kingston’s Kamry Bohannon during the final game of first-round play in the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Tournament Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at East Central University in Ada.

“Emrie’s a pretty solid player. When she’s focused, she’s not bad,” Hurt said.

Wilson hit 7-of-12 field goals, including two 3-pointers, and scored 17 for Vanoss. She also had eight assists.

Lizzy Simpson went a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor for 12 points to go with a team-best nine rebounds.

Brit Henderson led the way for the Lady Redskins with 11 points and four rebounds. Presley McKnight and Ryan Herdon followed with six points each.

Vanoss finished 28-of-47 (59.6%) from the field compared to a 12-of-47 (25.5%) shooting performance by Kingston.

Hurt said his team will need to be better against the Lady Crusaders.

“CHA has the best guard play we’ll see all year. They have some of the best guard play in any class,” Hurt said. “They’re two best guards are studs. Our guards will have to step up their level of play tomorrow.”

Sequoyah-Tahlequah cages Lady Bobcats

Hydro-Eakly entered the Mid-America Classic undefeated and had coasted by most of its opponents.

The shoe was on the other foot Thursday in a first-round battle with high-powered Sequoyah-Tahlequah.

The Lady Indians held Hydro-Eakly to a single point in the second quarter en route to a 37-15 halftime lead and coasted past the Lady Bobcats 55-47.

Sequoyah-Tahlequah, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, improved to 7-1 on the year, while Hyrdo-Eakly — No. 1 in Class A — dropped to 8-1.

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Hydro-Eakly’s Kira Berkey fights for the ball with Sequoyah-Tahlequah’s Jessica Mackey during Game 3 action Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Tournament at ECU’s Kerr Activities Center.

The game wasn’t quite as close as the score might indicate. After Daryl Hooper buried a 3-pointer with 4:19 to play, the Lady Indian led 53-35. Hydro-Eakly ended the game with a 12-2 run.

The Lady Indians used a 9-0 run that ended the first quarter and carried over into the second period to grab a 30-14 lead. Jessica Mackey’s layup on a fast break capped the run for Sequoyah-Tahlequah at the 4:54 mark of the second period.

Sequoyah-Tahlequah then scored the final seven points of the quarter to take a 37-15 lead at halftime.

Smalls Goudeau led a balanced Sequoyah-Tahlequah offense with 16 points to go with seven rebounds. Hooper scored 13 points off the bench for the Lady Indians. Lexy Keys added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals for the winners, who out-rebounded Hydro-Eakly 34-23.

The Lady Bobcats got 18 points from Rachel Barry, who finished 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Kira Berkey added 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Sequoyah-Tahlequah plays Jones at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a big semifinal game and Hydro-Eakly and Hartshorne will start Friday’s action at 3 p.m.

Christian Heritage pulls away late in win over Canute

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Canute senior Kylie Savage drives into the lane against Christian Heritage Academy’s guard Lexie Davis during first round action the 2019 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Tournament at ECU’s Kerr Activities Center.

It’s not about how Christian Heritage started. It’s how the Lady Crusaders finished.

Christian Heritage outscored Canute 20-2 over the final five minutes of the game and turned a close game into a 66-44 runaway victory Thursday in the first round of the 43rd Berta Frank Teague Mid-America Classic inside East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center.

The Lady Crusaders, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, improved to 6-1 on the year while Canute — No. 2 in Class A, dropped to 11-2. The Trojanettes had won seven straight games heading into the Mid-America Classic, sponsored by Vision Bank.

CHA senior standout Rylee Langerman, who plans to play college basketball at the University of Arkansas, scored her team’s first nine points. But after scoring on a nice left-handed layup at the 3:55 mark of the first period, she scored just one more point in the first half.

Canute buried six 3-pointers in the first half and took advantage of a cold-shooting Christian Heritage Academy bunch to carry a 29-21 lead into the break.

The Trojanettes led 15-11 after the first period and outscored CHA 14-10 in the second. The Lady Crusaders led 20-18 after a 3-pointer by Myka Parish midway through the period. Canute responded by ending the first half on an 11-1 surge that included consecutive 3-point baskets by Kirstyn Strain (who hit two) and Kylie Savage.

The Lady Crusaders went a cool 2-of-18 (11.1%) from beyond the arc through the first two quarters and were 8-of-30 (26.7%) overall.

CHA outscored Canute 19-7 in the third period to grab a 40-36 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

Strain, who hit seven 3-point shots and finished with a game-high 23 points, hit a triple with just over five minutes left to make it 46-42.

Christian Heritage Academy then went on its huge game-ending run.

Langerman ended with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists and three steals to pace the Lady Crusaders.

Lexi Davis buried four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points for CHA. Grace Littlejim also registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Haley Schreck just missed double figures with nine points for Canute.

Jones runs away from Hartshorne early

It’s always tough keeping up with the Joneses. Just ask the Hartshorne Lady Miners. They had an awfully tough time keeping up with Jones Thursday in the first round of the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.

Jones raced out to a 20-2 lead and never really looked back in a 67-29 win over Hartshorne.

The Lady Longhorns, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, improved to 5-0 on the year, while Hartshorne — No. 2 in Class 2A — lost for the first time and fell to 8-1. Jones is coached by Jenni Holbrook and Hartshorne is coached by Mark Woolard.

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Jones forward Tirzah Moore moves inside against Hartshorn’s Taylor Stufflebean during first round action at the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic basketball tournament Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at ECU’s Kerr Activities Center.

Senior Bailey Ely went 4-for-4 from the 3-point stripe and scored 14 points during the big Jones volley to start the game. She finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and went 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Harthorne had eight turnovers in the first quarter and started the game 0-of-7 from the field before Ashton Hackler scored with 50 seconds left in the frame. The Lady Miners had 14 turnovers by halftime and trailed 28-11 at the break.

Jones outscored the Lady Miners 20-10 in a big third period to carry a 48-21 lead into the final period.

Caley Young scored 18 points and had five rebounds, three assists and three blocks for the Lady Longhorns. Tirzah Moore followed with 15 points to go with five rebounds and five assists.

Hartshorne got 11 points from Ashton Hackler and 10 points from Jaylee Moore.

Jones advances to a 6:30 p.m. Friday semifinal game, while the Lady Miners will play in a 3 p.m. consolation contest.

Mid-America 2019 Team Rosters and Photos

Once again, the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Tournament, sponsored by Vision Bank, will bring eight of the top girls basketball teams from around the state to the Kerr Activities Center.

The 2019 holiday tournament is scheduled for Dec. 26-28. Check out the official rosters and team photos below.

Mid-America Classic December 26, 27, and 28, 2019
Mid-America Classic December 26, 27, and 28, 2019

Canute Trojanettes

#1 Mckenna Smith So
#2 Jade Gray Fr
#3 Kylee Smith Fr
#11 Maecy Teeter So
#12 Abby Janning So
#13 Sydney Thrasher Jr
#20 Kylie Savage Sr
#21 Haley Schreck Sr
#22 Peyton Dawson Fr
#23 Kirstyn Strain Sr
#24 Taran Faylor Fr
#25 Madison Faylor Sr
#30 Ashley Brady Jr
#44 Taylor Beutler Fr

Coach: Bobby Dawson
Asst. Coach: Bryne Binghom
Stats: Lana Merz and Jami Dawson
Manager: Kim Harris
Filmer: Slade Thrasher

Canute Trojanettes

Christian Heritage Academy Crusaders

11 PG Rylee Langerman SR 5’9”
13 G Lexie Davis SR 5’8”
14 G Myka Parrish SR 5’8”
15 P Grace LittleJim JR 5’10”
20 G Erin Stanley SO 5’6”
21 G Hannah Carpenter SO 5’7”
22 G Emma Trent SO 5’8”
23 G Laney Draper JR 5’8”
24 G Layne Bullard SR 5’6”
30 P Avery Bullard JR 5’7”
31 G Haylee Witcher JR 5’5”
32 F Natalie French FR 5’9”
31* G Scout Bullard FR 5’7”
33 F Crimson Cleveland FR 5’9”
12 G Hannah Peters FR 5’8”
30* G Maci Hall FR 5’6”

Head Coach:  Lisa LittleJim

Assistant Coaches:  Clint LittleJim, Elizabeth Cornish

Christian Heritage Academy Crusaders

Hartshorne Lady Miners

1 Courtnee Sensibaugh Guard Sophomore 5’10” L
2 Taylor Stufflebean Forward Junior 5’10” L
3 Ozzlyn Lightle Guard Senior 5’9″ L
4 Ashton Hackler Guard Junior 6′ L
5 Holli Lindley Guard Senior 6′ L
10 Jaleigh Dorrell Forward Senior 5’9″ L
12 Adelyn Budzinsky Guard Freshman 5’4″ S
13 Jennifer Glasco Guard Senior 5’7″ S
15 Katie Richmond Guard Freshman 5’8″ S
20 Nadairah Alexander Center Junior 5’9″ L
21 Charli Curliss Center Sophomore 5’8″ L
24 Jaylee Moore Forward Junior 6′ L
25 Trinity Wood Guard Sophomore 5’8″ L
30 Annaliese Sweet Guard Sophomore 5’6″ M
35 Alisa Baker Center Freshman 5’6″ XL

Head coach: Mark Woolard

Assistant coach: Shane Hackler

Hartshorne Lady Miners


Hydro-Eakly Lady Bobcats

1 Kira Berkey 10th Guard
2 Lotti Parker 9th Forward
3 Alexa Nix 10th Forward
5 Macey Buss 11th Guard
10 Rees Berkey 10th Forward
11 Raegan Klaassen 12th Guard
12 Tessa York 9th Center
21 Mackenzie Rodriquez 10th Guard
22 Paisley Vickery 10th Guard
24 Rachel Barry 11th Forward
35 Casady Sublett 11th Center
00 Jaysa Slagell 9th Guard

Head coach: Jeremy Tharp

Assistant coaches: Dena Berkey and Laci Friesen

Hydro-Eakly Lady Bobcats

Jones Lady Longhorns

Joeli Holbrook 11 Sr. G 5’5”
Courtney Vaughn 12 Sr. Pg/g 5’6”
Audrey Bain 14 Fr. F 5’7”
Zoe Tucker 15 Fr. F/g 5’7”
Alex Farmer 20 Sr. G/f 5’8”
Abby Stramski 21 Jr. F/g 5’7”
Boston Berry 23 Fr. Pg/g 5’7”
Bailey Ely 30 Sr. G 5’7”
Taylor Ely 31 Sr. G 5’7”
Jaelen Maples 32 Fr. G/f 5’8”
Trinity Salazar 33 Sr. G 5’8”
Trinity Moore 35 Jr. F 6’1”
Caley Young 42 Sr. F 6’0”
Tirzah Moore 45 Jr. F 6’1”

Head coach: Jenni Holbrook
Assistant coach: Penni Young and David Quinn
Statistician: Joel Mann Jr.

Jones Lady Longhorns

Kingston Lady Redskins

1 Presley McKnight 5’6″ 10
2 Ryan Herndon 5’6″ 11
3 Kamry Bohannon 5’6″ 9
4 Kassie Bailey 5’6″ 12
5 Raegan Davis 5’8″ 10
11 Lanie French 5’4″ 9
12 Emi Osteen 5’5″ 11
13 Brit Henderson 5’8″ 12
14 Avri Weeks 6’1″ 11
15 Ethel Stewart 5’10” 9
20 Tyla Bohannon 5’11” 12
21 Chloe Cargal 5’8″ 11
24 Alyssa Henry 5’7″ 10
32 Danna Wagnon 5’8″ 12
34 Brittany Osteen 5’8″ 11

Head coach: Chad Rumer

Kingston Lady Redskins

Sequoyah Lady Indians

0 Tamra Soap 12 5’5”
1 Alevia Springwater 10 5’4”
2 Jaide Long 12 5’10”
3 Jazmin Daugherty 10 5’8”
4 Maekla Towie 11 5’7”
5 Alena Deer 10 5’7”
10 Baylee Davis 10 5’9”
11 Smalls Goudeau 10 5’9”
12 Lana Gass 12 5’8”
13 Jessica Mackey 11 5’10”
14 Stacy Folsum-Soap 11 5’7”
15 Bailey Wiggins 9 5’8”
20 Sky Leading Fox 12 5’8”
21 Lexy Keys 12 5’8”
22 Daryl Hooper 12 5’9”
34 Carsen McCoy 11 5’6”
44 Jordan Gann 11 5’9”
Kylie Marshall 10 5’6”
Mia Jones 10 5’9”
Eliza Walker 12 5’9”

 Head Coach: Justin Brown

Asst. Coaches: Jeff Turtle and Grant Callison

Sequoyah Lady Indians

Vanoss Lady Wolves

00 Abbi Snow 11 5’4’’ G
2 Madi Faust 9 5’10’’ F
5 Riley Reed 9 5’8” F
10 Alexus Belcher 10 5’7’’ G
12 Jaycee Underwood 9 5’7’’ G
13 Hailey Brown 9 5’4’’ G
14 Maddi Dansby 10 5’6’’ G
22 Emily Wilson 11 5’10’’ G
25 Trinity Belcher 9 5’1’’ G
30 Rileigh Rush 11 5’6’’ G
32 Lizzy Simpson 11 5’10’’ F
33 Alexis Crowell 11 5’11’’ F
55 Emrie Ellis 11 6’2’’ F

Head Coach: Jon Hurt
Assistant Coaches: Randy Ellis and James Wingfield

Vanoss Lady Wolves

Saturday’s Mid-America Classic Boxscores

The Elgin Lady Owls claimed the 2018 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic championship trophy Saturday afternoon, Dec. 29.

The Elgin Lady Owls claimed the Mid-America Classic championship trophy Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at ECU's Kerr Activities Center in Ada.  Richard R. Barron | The Ada News
The Elgin Lady Owls claimed the Mid-America Classic championship trophy Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at ECU’s Kerr Activities Center in Ada.
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See all of Saturday’s Classic results below…

Game 1: Latta 37, Byng 34


Game 2: Hartshorne 51, Harrah 24

Game 3: Kingston 54, Vanoss 25

Game 4, championship game: Elgin 62, Anadarko 43