The Fort Gibson Lady Tigers had what coach Jerry Walker called “a typical Fort Gibson girls’ night”, coming off the Lady Tigers’ win at the Old Fort Classic on Saturday, as the Lady Tigers beat the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds 60-41 on Monday.
The Class 4A No. 1 Lady Tigers improved to 15-0 on the season, and 99-3 over the last three years, and ran their current win streak to 19 straight. Sallisaw fell to 10-6 on the year.
“Overall, our play was pretty good considering we’ve come off a Saturday night finals,” Walker said. “We shot the ball real well from the outside. But the difference was our defensive pressure.”
Allie Glover was the only Lady Tigers player to finish in double figures, ending the game with 14 points.
“That’s kind of us,” Walker said. “We weren’t sluggish at all. We came out and played pretty good.
“If there was one thing on being negative, I didn’t think we handled the ball well. It wasn’t their pressure as much as it was us making poor passes and we handed them some offensive boards we shouldn’t have given up.”
FGHS 73, Sallisaw 50
The Tigers and Black Diamonds were separated by one point at halftime, 33-32 in favor of Fort Gibson, before the Tigers pulled away in the second half for the win.
Fort Gibson, 12-2 and No. 6 in Class 4A, had three players finish the game in double figures, led by Coleman Crawley with 29 points. Jordan London ended the game with 17 points while Rayne Cox had 10 points.
“Defensively, we were able to force a few turnovers in the second half,” said Fort Gibson coach Gary Hendrix. “That allowed us to get out in transition and get a few easy baskets.”
The Tigers’ coach had high praise for his team’s opponent, especially during the first half.
“Sallisaw played real well early,” he said. “They shot the ball extremely well the first half. But I was real pleased with our man-to-man defense in the second half.”