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March 10, 2013

FG girls roar to title

Lady Tigers get past slow start to win second championship in three years

— OKLAHOMA CITY – Call them champs – again.

Awakening in a furious third-quarter charge, Fort Gibson’s Lady Tigers steamrolled Mount St. Mary’s Lady Rockets 58-43 on Saturday night at State Fair Arena for their second championship in three seasons.

Brooke Palmer had 15 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, Allie Glover had 12 after a scoreless first half and the Lady Tigers erased a 25-19 halftime deficit, taking over the game with a 20-8 run in the third quarter.

The second half was all Fort Gibson’s in a 39-18 difference.

The Lady Tigers, 29-1 to finish the season, are 85-3 over these title years, sandwiching a loss to Anadarko in last year’s championship game. Anadarko, which was ranked at the top all year, one spot ahead of Fort Gibson, was upset by the Lady Rockets on Friday night.

Which could have explained a sluggish first half.

“A little,” said Savannah Gray, who was part of the 2011 championship team as well and finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds. “But we couldn’t worry about who was on the court with us. We just had to go play our game.”

That they did coming back out on the floor. The Lady Tigers were 1-of-8 in the first quarter and 6-of-20 (30 percent) from the field heading to the halftime break. They were 11-of-20 in the second half, including a 4-of-6 start. Taylor London’s 3-point basket with 5:12 to go in the third quarter gave Fort Gibson the lead for good.

Coach Jerry Walker has now taken teams to six of the last eight title games.

Is this a dynasty?

“You can say what you want to,” Walker said. “I’m on your bandwagon now.”

Reach Mike Kays at  (918) 684-2904 or mkays@muskogeephoenix.com.

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