, Muskogee, OK


January 24, 2014

Host Checotah wins on buzzer-beater

CHECOTAH —  Gravity decided the victor of the rivalry face-off in the opening round of the Checotah Invitational.

Jazzlyn Dandridge's layup spun around on the rim before finally falling in with 2 seconds remaining, gave the Checotah Lady Wildcats a 43-41 victory over the Eufaula Lady Ironheads.  

 ”We played with a lot of heart today. We played tough. Give Eufaula a lot of credit they played great. They are an excellent team. But tonight our girls wanted it more with it being our tournament," said Checotah coach Kim Lewis, her team now 7-4.

"We were definitely out for blood tonight."

Eufaula (4-7) led the game all the way up until the three-minute mark of the third quarter when Hayley Stevens would hit a bucket to tie it at 28. The Wildcats would tie it one more time before Katelyn Donathon would sink a 3 with 2:17 remaining in the game to take their first lead at 40-39. Eufaula would regain the lead with 45 seconds left when Aryn Holybee would hit a shot to put Eufaula up one.

 A free throw from Newakis Banks would tie the game up with 30 seconds left. Eufaula would drive down the floor and Aryn Holybee would miss a 3 with 16 seconds left, giving Checotah the ball, and setting up Dandridges game winner.

"I seriously did not think it was going to go in. I’m so thankful it did," said an ecstatic Dandridge. "It was God’s grace, I say. We fought hard and came out with the win."

Banks lead the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 12. Hanna Hagler had 9. Dandridge had 8.

Eufaula lead by as much as 8, which was at the end of the first period when Jessie Gott's layup at the buzzer put the Lady Ironheads up 12-4.

Gott led Eufaula in scoring with 13. Daja Atchinsom finished with 12.

Checotah gets Sallisaw, a winner over Madill, in a 7 p.m. semifinal.

In other girls games, Hilldale beat Madill 58-35 to advance to a 4 p.m. final against Vian. Casady Mills had 15 points, Hillary Calvert 14 and Katie Kirkhart 10 for Hilldale (7-4), which used a 16-6 run in the fourth quarter to pull away after leading 27-16 at the half. Vian beat Wagoner 43-36 as  Nese Walters picked up 16 points and Desiree Moon came through with 15 for the Lady Wolverines.



It definitely was not a high-scoring game in the Eufaula Ironheads’ 37-26 win over Hilldale.

The Ironheads sealed the victory in the fourth as they scored 16 points in the fourth compared to the 21 they had going into the fourth. They outscored the Hornets 20-14 in the second half.

It was the eighth straight win for Eufaula (10-3)  The Hornets (3-7) who drained only one bucket in the third period, trailed 17-12 at halftime.

Bradley Campbell led Hilldale in scoring with 9 points.

Jeremy Rogers definitely knew his team’s poor shooting cost them.

"Our shooting was terrible. It was bad. We allow 37 points and lose. When you allow 37 points you should be expected to win. We just shot really poor," said Hilldale coach Jeremy Rogers. "If we would’ve shot just average we would have won by seven, eight, 10 points."

Gage Durrett lead Eufaula with 14 and Daxton Williams finished with 9. Both Durrett and Campbell received technicals when a shoving incident occurred late in the fourth.

Eufaula coach Bradley Campbell was unavailable after the game.

In other games, host Checotah knocked off Vian 42-39.  The WIldcat defense was on lockdown in the third period allowing only 1 point for the Wolverines. Deshawn Jackson put up 16 and Cameron Pipe pitched in 11 in the effort for Checotah (7-4).

At Truman Dixon Field House, Ya’aquoob King knocked down 11, and Anthony Ashley finished up with 10 points for Wagoner in a 33-30 win against Bristow. Ashley added 7 boards for Wagoner (4-7). Wagoner and Checotah play at 8:30 tonight.

Sallisaw beat Madill 52-45 in the other game. Eufaula and Sallisaw play in one semifinal at 5:30 p.m. while Checotah and Wagoner meet at 8:30 p.m.

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