, Muskogee, OK


January 19, 2013

FGHS takes cat fight: Both boys, girls grab double-digit wins over Keys Cougars

— FORT GIBSON – Keys’ problems began early in the day when their 6-foot-6 post man, Peyton Ragsdale, pulled a thermometer out of his mouth that read 103 degrees.

Then it was the problem of trying to keep a chill on Fort Gibson’s Jordan Hill, who gave the Cougars fits just about anywhere on the court en route to a 65-45 Tigers’ win Friday night at Harrison Field House.

Hill’s game-high 27 points produced no less than four in any quarter, his low coming when he left the game with 2:52 to play.

“He’ll create matchup problems for you,” Keys coach Duane Jones said. “He’ll take you down, post you up or go out and shoot it.”

To make matters worse, Ragsdale, who averages about 14 points and 9 rebounds per outing, wasn’t around to grab any misses.

“They’re as good an offensive rebounding team as we play,” Jones said. “But it would have been nice to have him around.”

The lead changed hands four times in the first quarter before Jordan London hurled up a 3-pointer on the break at the buzzer to tie the game at 15. London and Hill had three baskets each in the second as the Tigers took a 31-24 advantage to the locker room.

Hill came out and scored 12 of the Tigers’ 18 points in the third to make it a 49-37 game, including a three-point play when Keys’ Trevor Eubanks got him on the arm on a drive in the lane for the second buzzer-beater in the contest,

An alley-ooper on an inbounds pass to Hill to start the fourth quarter tore the air out of the balloon for the short-handed Cougars.

“We’ll see him at their place. They certainly missed what he brings them,” FGHS coach Gary Hendrix said. “We battled, they battled but I thought that basket to end the first quarter and the two baskets to end the third and start the fourth were really pivotal in terms of momentum for us.”

Hill was also 5-of-5 from the line after an 8-of-10 performance in a 36-point win against Hilldale on Thursday. He’s feeling much better after some early season struggles there.

“At the beginning of the season I was hitting about 60 percent but I missed some big ones in big games, games we lost by a short margin and would have mattered for us,” he said. “When I’d shoot I’d push my arm out and it might go anywhere. I’ve really been focusing on following straight through and not getting in a hurry.”

London added 15 points for Fort Gibson (10-3). Eubanks had 14 points to lead Keys (10-6) and Tyler Blankenship had 10.  

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