Sand Springs 72, Keys 37
The youth and inexperience showed for the Cougars in the second game of the day at Harrison Field House.
The Sandites raced out a 13-0 lead and were never threatened in handing Keys it ninth loss of the season against only one win.
“We’re just struggling right now,” said Keys coach Duane Jones. ”We’re young and I see us at times we do good things and I see us at times do some real young things. Bottom line, we just have to be more consistent.
Sand Springs (5-8) kept the pressure on and held a 22-10 lead after the first quarter and led 39-19 at halftime. Part of the reason for Keys trailing by 20 was shooting 27.2 percent (6 of 22) in the first half, compared to the Sandites’ 48.3 percent (14 of 29), and the other was the Cougars’ 16 turnovers to Sand Springs’ seven.
“Early on, (Sand Springs) was aggressive and we didn’t handle that very well,” Jones said. “I don’t think their size hurt us that much.”
Chance Weir and Coby Ward led Keys with nine points each. Sand Springs had three players finish in double figures with Josh Lattie leading the way with 21 points while Ashton Palmer and Bryce Dunlap had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Keys meets Bishop Kelley, a 64-41 loser to Stilwell in the final game of the day, at 8:45 p.m. Friday while Sand Springs goes up against Stilwell at 5:50 p.m. Thursday. Fort Gibson’s boys take on Inola in the other semifinal on Thursday.