Phoenix staff reports
Kelsey Cantwell heated Oktaha up after a slow start, and the Lady Tigers charged from behind to beat Hartshorne 73-52 in a semifinal game in the Pick and Shovel Classic at Hartshorne.
Cantwell, held scoreless as Hartshorne jumped to a 16-11 lead through one quarter, scored nine of her game-high 15 points as Oktaha, ranked No. 10 in Class 3A, outscored Hartshorne 24-12 and led 35-28 at the half.
Cantwell hit three field goals in the third as the lead moved to 53-41.
Three other Oktaha players scored in double figures. Haley Baldridge had 14 points, Jaylie Roper, who had six of Oktaha’s first-quarter points, finished with 13 and also had 10 steals. Shae Lynch, also held scoreless in the first quarter, scored 12 points.
“We upped our pressure, bringing it up further and making our shots helped,” Oktaha coach Chester Pittman said. “They really tried to box Jaylie inside and once everyone else started hitting their shots, they had to let that box go.”
Oktaha is 4-0 and after a home game Thursday against Tulsa NOAH, the Lady Tigers will resume the tournament with the title game at 5:40 p.m. Friday against Wilburton. The tourney was halted two weeks ago by the snow and ice storm.
In a tournament consolation game, Dustin Leach had 23 points, but was held scoreless in the first quarter as Hartshorne stormed to a 23-4 advantage. It reached 56-34 after a third quarter when they held him to one 3-point basket.
Oktaha fell to 1-3 and gets NOAH tonight.