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January 27, 2013

Third title for MHS girls: Lady Roughers hang on to beat Southmoore to win Nobles Invitational

It was a case of Muskogee senior Kelsey McClure showing her teammates that sometimes you have to put your personal feelings behind you.

Fighting the flu bug, McClure poured in a game-high 25 points to lead the Lady Roughers to a 65-62 win over Southmoore in the girls’ championship game of the John Nobles Invitational Saturday in Moore.

“The secret was staying focused,” McClure, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, said. “I just kept going. My teammates needed me and I needed them. This was a team effort.”

Alexus Wilson added 22 points as the Lady Roughers, No. 6 in the Okrankings.com Class 6A poll, improved to 14-2 on the year and captured their third straight tournament title, to go with the Tahlequah Tiger Invitational and the Bedouin Shrine Classic.

“(Assistant) coach (Shonika) Breedlove kept reminding us that this was the last time for us seniors,” Wilson said. “We knew that we were playing a good team. This win feels good.”

Muskogee opened up a 10-point advantage at halftime, 41-31, and held a 51-42 lead heading into the final quarter. Southmoore, 13-3 and No. 4 in Class 6A, made a run at the Lady Roughers in the final quarter as MHS coach Doyle Rowland knew they would.

“We told the girls they were coming,” Rowland said. “They made some adjustments that limited our bench play but we got good minutes from Aerious King and Aaliyah Wilson (Alexus’ younger sister). Aerious was phenomenal defensively and Aaliyah did a good job on their big girls.”

Rowland was also proud that his girls did not quit even though the Lady SaberCats came at them.

Muskogee opened up a 10-point advantage at halftime, 41-31, and held a 51-42 lead heading into the final quarter. Southmoore, No. 4 in Class 6A, made a run at the Lady Roughers in the final quarter as MHS coach Doyle Rowland knew the would.

“We told the girls they were coming,” Rowland said. “They made some adjustments that limited our bench play but we got good minutes from Aerious King and Aaliyah Wilson (Alexus’ younger sister). Aerious was phenomenal defensively and Aaliyah did a good job on their big girls.”

Rowland was also proud that his girls did not quit even though Lady SaberCats came at them.

“The girls have big hearts,” Rowland said. “They fought hard right to the end. We made a few errors down the stretch but we didn’t give up.”

Muskogee has now won nine straight games.

Boys:

Millwood 62,

Muskogee 48


The Roughers were their own worst enemy in the Titan Classic at Midwest City Carl Albert as they lost the consolation championship game to the Falcons.

Millwood, 9-7 and ranked No. 2 in the Class 3A coaches poll in spite of it because of its traditionally brutal schedule, led 17-9 after a first quarter that the Roughers couldn’t hit a shot, going 1-for-11 from inside the paint. They were 7-of-27 from there for the game  and trailed 37-21 at the half.

Compounding the problem, they were 10-of-26 from the free-throw line.

“Millwood’s good, but it’s pretty simple. You’ve got to do a better job in those areas,”  Muskogee coach Josh Berry said.

Millwood’s only loss in the tourney was an overtime loss to 6A No. 14 Putnam City West in the first round. They coasted over McAlester in Friday’s loser’s bracket contest.

Anthony King had 15 points to lead Muskogee, which missed a chance to return to the .500 level, falling to 7-9. Tramal Ivy added 12 points and nine rebounds and David Beasley had 11 points.

Chris Crook led Millwood with 15 points.

The Roughers join their female counterparts at home Tuesday against Sand Springs.

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