By Nick Hampton
The Haskell Lady Haymakers coasted to a big first-half lead, then held on for dear life to edge Summit Christian’s Lady Eagles 52-50 in a consolation semifinal Thursday in the Small School Girls division of the 33rd Bedouin Shrine Classic at Muskogee Civic Center.
Thanks to the speed and scoring of playmakers Sherrell McHenry and Denora Wheeland, Haskell (5-5) led 23-9 with 1:41 left in the half. But Summit Christian (5-5) scored the final five points to make it a 23-14 game at intermission.
But then, Wheeland and McHenry got into foul trouble in the second half, creating problems for the Lady Haymakers.
“Having the foul problems changed the way we played in the second half and we didn’t play very good,” said a hoarse Haskell coach Rick Kirkhart. “Because we couldn’t be very aggressive, their number 13 (Hanna Giddens) was able to get inside more and hurt us.”
Summit gradually worked the deficit to two points, 40-38, with 5:23 to play in the game. It looked like the Lady Haymakers would finish strong as they went on a 6-0 run to up the lead to 48-40 with 3:40 left, and the eight-point margin held up at 52-44 with 1:50 to play.
Giddens, who had 20 points, finished a 6-0 run and the Lady Eagles got the ball on a Haskell turnover with :16 left. Haskell got a tie-up with the possession arrow in its favor, Tashay Love was fouled and missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Maddie Cheatham grabbed the rebound to preserve the win.
McHenry had a co-game high 20 points while Wheeland 12 for the Lady Haymakers, who will play Porter for fifth place and the consolation championship at 9 a.m. Saturday at Muskogee High. Summit Christian will play Graham for seventh place at the same time at Hilldale High.
PORTER 59, GRAHAM 26 –There’s more than player in the Porter family.
Cierra Richardson is the sister of Pirate standout Jacob Richardson who scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Lady Pirates to consolation round win at Muskogee High School’s Ron Milam Gym on Thursday.
“I want everyone to know I can play basketball too,” the junior said. “I want to be like him because he’s outstanding.”
Cierra had 15 points in the second half as Porter (3-7) plays at 9 a.m. Saturday at Muskogee High School for fifth place. Mariah Marshall had 13 and Tanisha Carmichael added 11.
Porter coach Bill Nobles said he’s staying patient with his team. The Lady Pirates were winless last year.
“It’s not going to happen overnight,” Nobles, who led Sequoyah to three state titles, said. “We just have to take it in small steps.”
Rachel Hicks led Graham with 13. The Lady Chieftains play in the seventh place game at 9 a.m. Saturday at Hilldale High School’s Event Center. —Kenton Brooks
WEBSTER 48, CHECOTAH 36 – The Lady Wildcats cut the deficit to six points (40-34) in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get any closer in falling to the Lady Warriors at Muskogee’s Ron Milam Gym.
“We went to a little lineup and did some good in that fourth quarter,” Checotah coach Vaughn Blankenship said. “That was after we couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half. We have a lot of young kids who are learning on the job.”
A three-point play by sophomore Marissa Proctor cut Checotah’s deficit to six points with 3:39 left in the final period. Proctor finished with 10 points. Katie Smith led the Lady Wildcats with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Checotah drops to 1-9 for the season. Ciara Asberry topped the Lady Warriors (4-6) with 19 points and Chasity Asberry added 12.
Checotah plays Tulsa Hale at noon Saturday for seventh place at Hilldale, while Webster plays Coweta for third place at noon Saturday at Muskogee High School.—Kenton Brooks
COWETA 56, TULSA HALE 38— Courtney Haas had 13, Morgan Lee 11 and Kaitlyn Norton 11 for Coweta, which plays Webster for the consolation title at noon Saturday at Muskogee High School. Hale was led by Derre Vinson with 15. —Nick Hampton