By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer
Hilldale’s Hillary Calvert gave her team a “shot” in the arm Tuesday night.
The Lady Hornets hadn’t scored since 2:33 left in the third quarter, missing its last 16 shot attempts. Tulsa Webster clung to a one-point lead at 36-35.
But Calvert’s 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining in the game put her team ahead to stay in a 44-36 victory against the Lady Warriors in the 33rd Bedouin Shrine Classic Large School bracket contest at the Muskogee Civic Center.
“During a timeout, coach (Scott Hensley) told us to grow up and make a shot,” Calvert, who finished with six points, said. “I had to have confidence in my shot and I knew that was going in.
“I think after the shot, everybody got motivated. That’s when the energy clicked in again.”
A lot of energy seems to surround Hilldale these days. The Lady Hornets are now 7-3 for the season. Nobody can recall the last time the Hilldale won a first-round game at the Shrine Tournament.
One thing that is certain is Hilldale has improved. It was a year ago at this tournament when Webster beat the Lady Hornets 57-26 in the opening round.
“We grew up a little tonight. Hillary hit that big shot for us,” Hensley said. “We’ve just scratched the surface at what we can do.”
Hensley’s squad plays Muskogee at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ron Milam Gym in a semifinal contest.
“I know Muskogee has an excellent coach and they’ve got a lot of good girls,” he said. “It’ll be fun. It’s going to be a good time playing them.”
After Calvert’s 3, Hilldale closed the game out at the free-throw line in making six of seven foul shots. Nicole Wright led Hilldale in scoring with 12 points on six-of-eight shooting in the game. She also had a team-high seven rebounds.
“We stuck it out in this one,” she said.
Wright downplayed the matchup with the Lady Roughers. “It’s just another game,” she said. “We’re going to do our best.”
Chasity Asberry topped Webster with 10 points. Jasmine Barnett had 14 rebounds, eight of them in the second half.
Hilldale led 25-24 at halftime and 35-30 after three periods.
Enid 53, Coweta 38 — Leading by only three points heading into the final quarter, the Lady Pacers, 8-1 and No. 9 in the Okrankings.com Class 6A poll, held Coweta (2-10) to three points from that point.
Enid, who next faces McAlester at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center, had three players finish the game in double figures, led by Courtney Chelf, younger sister of Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf, with a game-high 23 points. Abby Lee and Andi Pierce each had 11 points to complete the trio.
Coweta, who meets Tulsa Hale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, also at the Civic Center, was led by Kaitlyn Norton who had 12 points.
— Ronn Rowland
OKTAHA 58, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 39 — Sometimes coaches aren’t sure how their teams will handle a long break. Oktaha girls coach Chester Pittman found out on Tuesday at Muskogee High School.
“It was probably one of our most sluggish games we’ve played,” said Pittman of his squad, No. 4 in the Okrankings.com Class 2A poll. “It looked like a game coming back after the break. We shot the ball terrible. Usually we don’t shoot that bad or play that bad. It was just a game to try to get our feet back under us.”
Most of the sloppiness could be attributed to poor shooting as the Lady Tigers (11-0) hit 22.5 percent of their shots in the first half (7-of-31) and 36.8 percent for the game (21-of-57).
“I don’t know what was wrong,” said Lanessa Grayson who led Oktaha with 21 points. “We were just missing point blank shots.”
Oktaha never trailed in the game, taking a 12-7 lead after the first quarter and stretching its lead to 22-14 at the half. The Lady Tigers’ advantage was mainly based on turnovers as they forced eight turnovers while only committing three.
Makayla Baldridge was the only other Lady Tiger in double figures with 10 points. Summit Christian also had two double-figure scorers with Raley Farquhar tallying 14 points while Hanna Giddens had 11.
Oktaha advances to play Hulbert in a 4:30 p.m. Friday semifinal at the Civic Center while SC will play Haskell at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center in the consolation round.
— Ronn Rowland
SEQUOYAH 88, GRAHAM 16 — The Lady Indians (6-3) jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter en route to a 39-10 advantage at halftime in rolling over the Cheiftains at the Civic Center.
All of this was pleasing to Sequoyah’s first-year coach, Ron Cox.
“I just wanted to get them to where they weren’t running and passing to spots,” he said. “I wanted them to loosen up to do it and do it freely. I want them to get to the point where they’re not just trying to please me. We want to play as a team
“We haven’t had much time with them. The more time I spend with them, we’re going to be OK. It’s a pretty good team.”
Courtney Jones led her team in this victory with 24 points. Feather Pacheco had 12, while Audrey Ballou and Sierra Polk had 10 each.
Rachel Hicks and Kylee Morgan led Graham with six points each.
Sequoyah plays Spiro at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Muskogee High School in the a semifinal matchup, while Graham faces Porter in consolation play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.
— Kenton Brooks