MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 18, 2013

Tough pair for MHS

Both squads fall in openers

By Patrick Kays
Phoenix Correspondent

— A young No. 8 Muskogee competed well enough to knock a more seasoned No. 2 Broken Arrow girls squad here Tuesday.

But two free throws by Broken Arrow’s Toree Thompson with 4 seconds to play gave the Lady Tigers their third win in as many games, 67-65, over the previously unbeaten Lady Roughers in Muskogee’s home opener at Ron Milam Gymnasium.

Thompson led Broken Arrow in scoring with 21 points, and earned 8 of them in the final period.

Jada Ford, who finished the game with 22 points, tied the game up for the Roughers (4-1) with 1:08 remaining with a 3 from the bottom of the arch. Ford would take the ball with 4 seconds left and put up a shot from five feet outside the 3-point line that drew contact, but wasn’t called by the officials as time expired.

“I thought she was fouled, she didn’t jump into her, she didn’t run through her. You know, if it kind of looks like a duck, quacks  like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. But honestly I am a little biased because she is one of my girls,”  said Muskogee coach Doyle Rowland. “But like I told my girls, it should not have come down to that. We had numerous chances to put this one away, but missed some easy buckets, made some mistakes that let them keep it close.”

The Lady Roughers went on a 10-0 run at the beginning of the game, keeping Broken Arrow scoreless for the first two minutes. Broken Arrow would respond with an 18-7 run led by Amari Dennis, Tierra Jones, and Thompson, that went two minutes into the second period.

The Roughers seemed to be pulling things together with a surge at the start of the third period as Aaliyah Wilson, Lanice Rozell and Ford would string together a 15-7 run to take another 10-point lead over the Tigers.

Wilson had 8 points in this run and would finish the night with the game-high 23 points.  Rozell and Danazia Brown combined for 14 rebounds. Rozell finished with 11 points.

Ashlyn McBride would come up with 14 points  for the Tigers.  Amari Dennis would also add 11 points.

“Honestly, Ford and Wilson killed us. They really did. At half we made it a point that we needed to keep the ball out of their hands. We did it enough to keep us in the game,” said Broken Arrow coach Mike Hughes. “We made some big plays, hit some big shots, and we are very fortunate to win, it could have gone either way.”

“The girls played with a lot of heart. They played really hard, we got out and competed and we played well enough to win,” said Rowland. “We are just going to continue to work and hopefully, the next time we meet, it will be a different story at the end.”

 

Boys:

Broken Arrow 60,   Muskogee 48

The Roughers seemed to have a grasp on an evenly matched game in their home opener against Broken Arrow, but a dominant second and final period from the Tigers gave Broken Arrow the edge.

This loss also ended the Roughers undefeated streak, setting them back to 3-1, while the Tigers increased their record to 5-1.

Muskogee held a 16-10 lead over the Tigers at the end of the first but Josh Holliday, Trenton Cantrell and Tanner Gregurich’s scoring helped Broken Arrow take the lead in the second quarter where the Tigers would outscore Muskogee 20-10 to give Broken Arrow a 30-26 halftime lead.

The Tigers trounced on the Roughers once more in the final two periods as they would outscore Muskogee by 10, and allowed only seven Muskogee points in the fourth quarter.

Anthony King led the Roughers in scoring with 17 points, while David Beasley added 8 points.  King was the only Rougher who scored in double digits.

The final period was the difference maker in the game as the Roughers were held to only four points in the final four minutes of the game.

Anthony King’s bucket with 4:44 left pulled the Roughers within four points of Broken Arrow, but that was the last time Muskogee would change the scoreboard until 22 seconds were left, when Anthony King would sink one free throw. But the Roughers still trailed by double digits.

Muskogee’s big men Tramal Ivy and Lavare Reed were held to only 9 points combined. Ivy had 4 and Reed finished with 5.

Josh Holliday’s 15 points led the Tigers in scoring and was a key player in the final four minutes.

“Honestly, they outplayed us, they outhustled us, they played tougher inside than we did. And that was basically the difference maker. We had difficulty getting the ball inside,” said Roughers coach Josh Berry. “We are just going have to get back to work.”