Fort Gibson 65, Wagoner 25
No. 1 Fort Gibson (24-0) took the first postseason step toward a repeat state title and its third in four years, riding a defense that caused Wagoner to give the ball up 22 times on turnovers.
Thirteen came off steals. Allie Glover had four steals and Savannah Gray three.
The defensive effort overcame a 34 percent shooting effort (18-of-52) that still managed a 46-20 lead through three quarters before the deep part of the FGHS bench blew it open in the fourth.
“I guess we thought we were getting points for shots on goal. We just needed to slow our last step or two. We were way too fast,” said Fort Gibson coach Jerry Walker.
“But we did a good job blocking out and a really good job defensively, which was really the big deal for us tonight. We got a lot of loose balls and bounce passes.”
While the shooting wasn’t great, and the tempo was a little out of whack, the Lady Tigers wound up with just six turnovers by comparison.
Glover led Fort Gibson with 13 points. Grace Parker had 12. Kabree Edgmon had eight off the bench.
“We’re not going to hit (shots) every night but everyone sets up and finishes the game in other places,” said Glover.
Wagoner’s Kristen Robbins led her team with seven points, doing all that before fouling out with 4:26 left in the third quarter.
Fort Gibson gets to host Sallisaw, a 65-64 overtime winner against Muldrow, at 6:30 Thursday in a regional semifinal. Muldrow gets Wagoner (7-15) in a 1:30 contest, also at Fort Gibson.