, Muskogee, OK

January 7, 2014

Shrine tournament roundup

Phoenix staff reports

Small School Boys

OKTAHA 63, PORTER 38 – The Tigers finally got things going in the second half against the Porter Pirates as Oktaha pulled away and earned a victory in the first round of the Bedouin Shrine Classic on Monday.

The Tigers outscored Porter 38-16 in the second half after having a 3 point lead at halftime.

Dustin Leach led Oktaha in scoring with 25. He was the only Tiger to score in double digits. Logan Gragg, Will Coplan, and Ethan Taylor all finished with 8.

Dean Van Vors led the Porter Pirates in scoring with 14. Bracey Kilgore finished with 8.

Oktaha will Haskell on Friday at the Civic Center at 9 pm.

Porter will play OKC Santa Fe at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.

HASKELL 65,  SANTA FE SOUTH 47 – The Haymakers led 34-26 at the half, saw the gap narrow to 37-32 early in the third before Santa Fe went ice cold, not hitting a field goal for almost a quarter before ending the streak at the 6:41 mark of the fourth.  By then the Saints (2-4) were looking at a 47-32 deficit and a date with Porter on Thursday in the consolation round at the Civic Center. Haskell (5-2) gets Oktaha on Friday at  Muskogee High School. Both games are 9 p.m. tipoffs.

"Our motto is play like we're 10 down until a point in the fourth where we don't have to and we weren't playing well defensively for a while,"Haskell coach Wes Hayes said. "But we challenged them during a time out and they responded. But you have to give (Santa Fe) credit too. They had two pretty good guards that hit some shots and kept us from getting into our press."

One of those guards, DeAngelo Robles, had 20 points, 10 at the half and then a late run to equal that in the second half. Alex Wheeland had 14 for Haskell as did Wes Davis, who had three 3-pointers in the first half. Wheeland had all but three of his points after the break. Chris Wright also was in double figures with 13.


Large School, Boys

JENKS 70, CHECOTAH 39 – The Jenks Trojans gave the Checotah Wildcats way too much to handle on Monday in the opening round of the Bedouin Shrine Classic.  The Trojans sealed their spot in the semi finals on Thursday with a win over the Wildcats.

Jenks would match the Wildcats 39 total points, midway through the second quarter. The Trojans shot 17 for 29 in the first half. Checotah shot 6 for 14.

“You know, it’s a different level of basketball. (Clay Martin) has been there a while, and they are coach extremely well,” said Checotah coach Jason Dowdy. “That’s how it goes sometimes.”

Wildcat turnovers and lights out shooting from Jenks led to a 21-3 Trojan run to start the game.

Jenks hit 5 of its 8 total three-pointers in the 21-3 early advantage. Three of them came from Connor Houston and 2 came from the Trojans leading scorer TJ Washington. Washington finished with 19. The huge run from Jenks was also due part to the speed of Michael Williams who forced 4 turnovers in the run. Williams finished with 16.

Jenks led 50-18 at halftime.

Deshay Bear led Checotah in scoring with 17. Cameron Pipe had 10.

Jenks will meet the winner between McAlester and Tahlequah-Sequoyah 6 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center.

Checotah will play the loser of McAlester and Tahlequah-Sequoyah at 6 p.m. Thursday at Muskogee High School.


Large School Girls

ENID 71, CHECOTAH 34--  Sixteen first half turnovers led to a tough outing for the Checotah Lady Wildcats as they struggled in a loss against the Enid Lady Pacers in the first round of the Bedouin Shrine Classic at Muskogee High School.

After a 37-16 deficit at halftime Checotah seemed to limit missed shots and turnovers unlike in the first half. Checotah had only 9 turnovers and 4 missed shots in the second half, much less than their 16 for both turnovers and missed shots in the first half.

“We can’t stay in the basketball game if we are going to continue turning the ball over,” said Checotah coach Kim Lewis. “We went out in the second half, got the jitters out and took care of the basketball a little better. But we just couldn’t hit the shots we needed.”

Andi Pierce and Haven Bay combined for 36 points. Pierce had 20, leading Enid, and Bay had 16.

Newakis Banks led the Wildcats in scoring with 9. Hayley Stevens had 8. Lady Pacers will meet the winner between Tulsa Webster and McAlester at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Muskogee High School.

Checotah will face the loser between Tulsa Webster and McAlester on 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.

HILLDALE VS. COWETA – The Lady Hornets drew a forfeit when Coweta was unable to travel to the game. Next up for Hilldale (4-2) is a date with Muskogee or Tulsa Hale at 4:30 Friday at the Civic Center. Coweta will play the loser at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Muskogee High School.

Small School Girls

HASKELL 44, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 42 – JoAnna Van Brunt had all of Haskell's overtime points, including a pair of free throws with 21.6 left as the Lady Haymakers (2-5) advanced to a Friday semifinal, believed to be their first since 2009.

The sophomore transfer from Midway also hit a free throw with 53 seconds left in regulation to give Haskell a 40-39 lead but Raily Farquhar, who had 15 points for Summit Christian (3-5),  hit one to send it into extra time.

"She's been a spark for us," said Haskell coach Rick Kirkhart, whose team returned just one starter from last year and had two projected starters go down with ACL and MCL injuries.

Haskell point guard Denora Wheeland, the team's lone returning starter, led the Haymakers with 15.

Haskell will face Tuesday's survivor between top seed Sequoyah and Cookson Hills at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Muskogee High School. Summit Christian will face the loser at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at MHS.