Lady Bobcats whips Canute in Class A battle

Hyrdo-Eakly sent a clear message to the rest of Class A Friday at the 2019 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Tournament: “We’re the team to beat.”

The Lady Bobcats broke open a close game with a dominant second half and cruised by Canute 68-38 in the tournament’s fifth-place game.

Top-ranked Hydro-Eakly improved to 10-1 on the year and completed a season sweep of No. 2 Canute, which dropped to 12-3. The Lady Bobcats defeated Canute 67-57 back on Nov. 22.

Hydro-Eakly led just 25-21 at halftime and Canute pulled within 28-26 on a free throw by Haley Schreck at the 5:54 mark of the third period.

The Lady Bobcats responded with seven straight points, including a fast-break layup and a 3-pointer by Kira Berkey that stretched the Hydro-Eakly lead to 35-26 at the halfway point of the third quarter.

Canute trailed 45-35 heading into the fourth quarter before the bottom really fell out.

After Madison Faylor hit a 3-pointer at the 5:21 mark to get the Trojanettes within 51-38, Canute would never score again.

Hydro-Eakly ended the game with an impressive 17-0 volley to run away with the figure and establish its dominance in Class A.

The Lady Bobcats put up an incredible 65 shots compared to 31 for Canute thanks in part to 18 offensive rebounds. The Hydro-Eakly defense also forced a whopping 36 Trojanette turnovers.

Rachel Berry finished 6-of-10 from the field and made 9-of-11 free shots on the way to a game-high 21 points. She also had five rebounds and five steals.

Berkey added 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Five other Hydro-Eakly players scored at least four points.

Kyle Smith led Canute with 11 points and seven rebounds, both team highs, off the bench. She hit 5-of-7 field goals and also had three steals. Faylor ended up with eight points, six rebounds and three steals.

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Hyrdo-Eakly’s Kira Berkey (1) puts up a jumper between three Canute defenders — Madison Faylor, Kylie Savage and Kirstyn Strain — during the Mid-America Classic’s fifth-place game Saturday inside East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center.

Jones topples CHA for third place

Jones dominated the boards and used a stiff defense to stifle short-handed Christian Heritage Academy and rolled to a 55-31 win Saturday night in the third-place game of the 2019 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic at East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center.

The game featured a battle between two of the top teams in Class 3A. The fourth-ranked Lady Longhorns improved to 6-1 on the year, while No. 2 Christian Heritage dipped to 6-3.

The Lady Crusaders were without the services of senior starter Lexie Davis, who suffered a knee injury during a semifinal loss to Vanoss on Friday but was still able to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.

CHA didn’t have an answer for Jones’ post players Tirzah Moore and Caley Young. Moore scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while Young finished with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The Lady Longhorns ended up with a 41-20 rebounding edge. Moore and Young also had three steals apiece and were instrumental in helping their team force 19 CHA turnovers.

Christian Heritage stayed close for the first four minutes but Jones used a 13-3 run to take a 17-7 lead after Moore hit a layup for the first bucket of the second quarter.

Things went from bad to worse for the Lady Crusaders from there. Jones limited CHA to 2-of-12 shooting in the second period and outscored the Lady Crusaders 17-4 to build a 32-11 halftime lead.

Jones scored the first six points of the third period to stretch its lead to 38-11.

CHA standout Rylee Langerman had a productive outing with 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Myka Parrish just missed double figures with nine points and Grace Littlejim followed with seven to round out the Lady Crusader scoring.

Nine different players reached the scoring column for Jones.

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Jones players huddle up with their trophy after capturing third place at the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic Saturday night inside East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center.

Kingston levels Lady Miners for seventh place

Kingston had three players in double figures and used a big second half to hustle past Hartshorne 88-46 in the seventh-place game Saturday at the 2019 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic, sponsored by Vision Bank.

The Lady Redskins, expected to be contenders in Class 3A entering the season, improved to 3-5 on the year. Kingston entered Mid-America play ranked No 13.

Hartshorne, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, has struggled offensively throughout the tournament and left town with an 8-3 mark.

Kinston led just 19-17 after the first quarter but used a 15-9 run in the second to carry a 34-26 lead into the halftime locker room.

The Lady Redskins kept the pressure up and outscored Hartshorne 17-11 in the third period and 17-9 in the fourth.

Kassie Bailey led the KHS charge with 19 points. She sank 5-of-7 3-point shots and finished 7-of-13 overall. Bailey also had four assists.

Bri Henderson scored 15 points for Kingston, while Tyla Bohannon registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Jaylee Moore hit five 3-pointers and led the Lady Miners with 17 points. Ashton Hackler just missed double digits with nine points.

The Lady Redskins out-rebounded Hartshorne 39-16.

Kingston is expected to get a boost next month when junior Avri Weeks returns to the lineup after recovering from knee surgery.

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Kassie Bailey of Kingston drives through the Hartshorne defense during Saturday’s seventh-place game at the 2019 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic. Bailey scored 19 points in Kingston’s 68-46 win.

Sequoyah-Tahlequah holds off Jones

Sequoyah-Tahlequah hit 10 of its first 16 field goals and held Jones at bay in the fourth quarter of a 56-46 win over the Lady Longhorns Friday night in the semifinals of the 43rd Annual Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.

The semifinal showdown featured a battle of two of the top teams in Class 3A in the top-ranked Lady Indians (8-1) and No. 4 Jones (5-1).

Sequoyah-Tahlequah led 20-12 after the hot start, but Jones got a 3-pointer from sharpshooter Bailey Ely and a fast-break basket by Caley Young in the first 90 seconds of the second quarter to get the Lady Longhorns within 20-17.

The Lady Indians finished the second period on a 10-5 run and led 30-22 at halftime.

Young scored nine of her 11 points in a big 14-11 third-quarter spurt by the Lady Longhorns and her old-fashioned three-point play at the 1:18 mark gave her team a 36-35 advantage. She registered a double-double with 11 rebounds.

The Lady Indians responded with an 8-0 run — including a three-point play and a putback by Bailey Davis — that put Sequoyah-Tahlequah back on top 43-36 with 6:11 left in the fourth quarter.

Jones got within six on a putback and three-point pay by Tirzah Moore with 2:21 left that made it 48-42, but the Lady Longhorns couldn’t get closer.

Small Goudeau scored 13 points and had six steals and four rebounds for Sequoyah Tahlequah. Jordan Gann hit 6-of-7 field goal and also finished with 13 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds for the winner. Lexy Keys chipped in eight points.

Bailey Ely hit four 3-pointers and helped Jones stay close with 14 points. Tirzah Moore also hit double digits with 11 points and had five blocked shots.

Sequoyah-Tahlequah will play for the Mid-America championship at 8 p.m. Saturday, while Jones slides into the 6:30 p.m. third-place contest.

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Sequoyah-Tahlequah head coach Justin Brown talks to his team during Friday action.

Canute clamps down on cold-shooting Kingston

Canute held Kingston to 21 percent shooting in the first and waltzed to a 47-32 victory over the Lady Redskins in consolation play Friday at the 43rd Annual Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic, sponsored by Vision Bank.

The Trojanettes, No. 2 in Class A, improved to 12-2 on the season, while Kingston — No. 13 in Class 3A — slipped to 2-5.

Kingston, which trailed 28-17 at the break, made just 3-of-15 shots in the first quarter and went 3-of-13 in the second period for a combined 6-of-28 (21.4) by halftime.

Canute outscored Kingston 10-6 in the third quarter to stretch its lead to 38-23 and led by 20 — at 47-27 — after a 3-point basket by Haley Schreck with 3:51 remaining in the game. The CHS senior led a balanced Trojanette offense with 12 points.

Madison Faylor followed with 10 points for Canute, while teammate Kirstyn Strain just missed double figures with nine points. Strain drained seven 3-pointers in Canute’s first-round loss to Christian Heritage Academy but was just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc against Kingston. As a team, Canute hit just 3-of-21 3-point attempts.

Kylie Savage and Kylee Smith both scored seven points for the Trojanettes and combined for 18 rebounds — 11 for Smith and seven for Savage.

Kingston got nine points from Brit Henderson and seven points and eight boards from Danna Wagnon.

It will be an All-Class A battle in Saturday’s fifth-place game when Canute battles Hydro-Eakly. Kingston is set to play Hartshorne to tip things off in the 3 p.m. seventh-place contest.

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Canute senior Haley Schreck takes aim at a three-pointer.

Hydro-Eakly pulls away from Hartshorne

Hydro-Eakly and Hartshorne went blow for blow during a back and forth first quarter during their consolation matchup Friday afternoon at the 2019 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.

Then, the bottom fell out for the Lady Miners.

The Lady Bobcats started the second quarter on a 17-1 run, repeatedly turning Hartshorne turnovers into points on the way to a 59-35 victory.

Hydro-Eakly, No. 2 in Class A, improved to 9-1 on the year, while Harthorne stumbled to 8-2.

The Lady Miners led 9-8 after the first quarter and it could have been more, but Hartshorne missed six free throws in the period.

Hydro-Eakly then ramped up the defensive pressure in the second frame. The Lady Bobcats forced 20 first-half HHS turnovers and 13 came in the second half. Hydro-Eakly had nine steals in the second period, including three by Kira Berkey.

Hydro-Eakly outscored Hartshorne 21-6 in the second period to turn a close game into a 29-15 halftime lead.

The Lady Miners got within 12 at 37-25 after a free throw Ashton Hackler at the 3:10 mark of the third quarter, but after a late Hyrdo-Eakly flurry extended the Lady Bobcats’ lead to 43-25 heading in the final period.

The Lady Bobcats scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter and watched their lead swell to 51-25.

The two teams ended up with a combined 65 turnovers — 39 for Hartshorne and 26 for the Lady Bobcats.

Rachel Berry led the way for Hyrdo-Eakly with 16 points and a team-high five steals. Kira Berekey was next with 15 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Macey Buss added seven for the winners.

Courtnee Sensibaugh scored a game-high 19 points for the Lady Miners, including a 13-of-20 performance from the free-throw line. She also ended up with six rebounds and five steals.

Taylor Stufflebean just missed double figures for Hartshorne with nine points. She went 6-of-6 from the charity stripe and had five rebounds.

Hydro-Eakly will play for 5th place at 4:30 p.m., while Hartshorne will start things off in the 3 p.m. seventh-place contest.

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Hartshorne senior Jaylee Moore looks to make a pass.

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Vanoss Lady Wolves starters prepare to take the court in Round 2 of the 2019 Mid-America Tournament.

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.”