, Muskogee, OK

February 12, 2014

Close calls for MHS in split at Owasso

By Nick Hampton
Phoenix Staff Reports

— Aaliyah Wilson scored 12 of her season-high 34 points to help Muskogee fend off Owasso 52-46 at Owasso on Tuesday.

Wilson stepped up with the Lady Roughers’ other top scorer, Jada Ford, in the training room after sustaining a head injury in the third quarter. Ford fell on a drive to the basket and a collision with two Lady Rams, falling on her elbow before her head made contact with the floor.

Muskogee (16-4) already had Leigh Westbrook out with a concussion from an earlier contest.

“We struggled especially in the first half but with her points missing, I knew I had to do what I could,” Wilson said. “Anything we needed to win.”

“I told her we’d have to ride her back and she stepped up and took over,” MHS coach Doyle Rowland said.

Wilson also had 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Trena Mims was next in scoring with eight points.

Alexis Watson and Jaylynn Evans played key roles defensively off the bench.

Owasso (3-15), which lost 70-41 at Ron Milam Gymnasium in the first meeting a week ago, led 17-16 and matched Muskogee point for point in the second half to lead 17-16 at the break. The Lady Roughers led 35-34 going into the fourth and never trailed from that point.

Muskogee hosts Jenks on Friday.


Owasso 50, MHS 45

The Roughers suffered another tough loss against the No. 3 Rams, winners of 17 of 18 this season and 13 straight.

Last week Muskogee fell in overtime at home 80-77. This time, the Roughers were up 34-30 going into the fourth quarter and led more than halfway though the final frame. But Owasso’s pressure created turnovers and combined with foul issues — including a technical late on coach Josh Berry — turned this game in favor of the hosts in an eight-point turnaround in the final three minutes.

“I just told the official they got the same call at the other end and when I saw the same type call I was going to point it out and did and he didn’t like it,” Berry said. “They trapped and held us a little bit. I’ve got to give my guys credit for their fight. We’ve just got to learn to close the deal and that includes me.”

The game was dead even at the end of the first, 5-5, and tied at half 18-all. Lavare Reed had seven third-quarter points as Muskogee moved up by four. David Beasley led Muskogee on the night with 14, Tramal Ivy 12 and Tavian Davis had nine.

The five-point difference is the biggest margin, win or lose, for Muskogee in its last five games as the Roughers fell to 11-7.