Phoenix Staff Reports
The Fort Gibson Lady Tigers showcased their potential Thursday night in a 64-49 win against host team Inola in the Jerry Oquin Tournament.
Despite some early season shooting problems and inconsistencies the Lady Tigers advanced to the finals where they’ll seek their third straight championship against Siloam Springs in a 7 p.m. tipoff Saturday. It’ll mark the second time in three seasons these two have met in the finals.
“We’re still not consistent, but that’s OK,” said FGHS coach Jerry Walker. “Someone is on and someone is off.”
Fort Gibson led 16-6 after the first period and never looked back.
Allie Glover led the way for the defending Class 4A champions with 17 points. Jayme Hill came up big off the bench with 16. Hill and Glover sparked the Lady Tigers to extend the lead to 22 points with 2 minutes to play. Walker pulled the starters at this point in the contest.
“We had good contributions form the whole team. Hill gave us a great lift off the bench,” added Walker on his teams’ performance.
INOLA 64, FORT GIBSON 54 – The Tigers started off hot, picking up where they left off on Tuesday but couldn’t overcome key turnovers, missed shots, and fastbreak points. Fort Gibson led after the first period 24-17 but couldn’t hold on to the victory.
“We started off good,” said FGHS coach Gary Hendrix. “But we gave up too many fast breaks off missed shots and turnovers.”
The Tigers were led by 15 points form Jordon London. Steve Edwards came up with 14 and Coleman Crawley added 13 against a smothering defense. Crawley was coming off a 34-point performance on Tuesday against Sequoyah.
“They played well and we didn’t,” added Hendrix.
Fort Gibson looks to rebound in the third-place game against Siloam Springs at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.