Defending Class 4A champion Fort Gibson added another championship trophy to its collection Saturday night with a win in the Jerry Oquin Tournament in Inola, taking down Arkansas 6A power Siloam Springs 49-43.
The top-ranked Lady Tigers built a solid lead at half, up 27-18. Siloam Springs rallied to tie the game at 43 with 3:30 to play, but FGHS scored the final six points.
Allie Glover was her usual self offensively, leading the Lady Tigers (3-0) with 17 points. Jayme Hill knocked down 14 and Savannah Gray had 11, which matched her totals for the previous two games here.
“Coach Walker kept telling us to rebound, block out and no stupid fouls,” said Gray. “The win feels good, it feels so good.”
“They (Siloam Springs) were 6-0 and have several thousand students,” said head coach Jerry Walker. “We had to focus on the fundamentals.”
The Lady Tigers have won this tournament three consecutive seasons.
Fort Gibson 71,
Siloam Springs, Ark. 60
Coleman Crawley and the Tigers shaped up Saturday night to bring home third place. Crawley finished the night with 23 points.
“We put together the best game of the year,” said head coach Gary Hendrix. “We played well early and had our most consistent game to this point.”
Jordan London tallied 19 points on the night, and Stephen Edwards knocked down 15 of his own. All three Tigers have scored in double figures every game thus far.
Fort Gibson (2-1) and the female counterparts play at home Tuesday against Wagoner.