Phoenix Staff Reports
INOLA TOURNAMENT: FORT GIBSON 75, SEQUOYAH 71 – Fort Gibson’s Coleman Crawley was open early and often, scoring 24 of his 34 points in the first quarter, hitting seven 3-point field-goals as the Tigers won their long-delayed season opener by taking the first-round game here against the defending 3A semifinalist Indians (2-1).
Fort Gibson had three games postponed last week, one because Locust Grove was just getting out of football and Catoosa and Sallisaw were snowed out.
“It was a great high school game for early in the year,” said Fort Gibson head coach Gary Hendrix. “It was back and forth. Very exciting game to the very end.”
After one period of play the score was knotted at 29, and Fort Gibson led by a score of 47-45 at intermission. Fort Gibson had three double-digit scorers with Jordan London adding 21 points and 10 from Steve Edwards. Caisen Green led the way for Sequoyah, hitting 23 points. Elijah Tucker pitched in 14 points and Quinton Johnston had 11. Fort Gibson will play the winner of Inola vs. Catoosa Thursday. Sequoyah gets a consolation-round game on Friday.
BRAGGS 91, GANS 89 – Braggs started up conference play with an overtime win over Gans behind a stellar 27-point effort from point guard Payton York. With four seconds to play Braggs’ Walter Hanson grabbed a rebound and was fouled. Hanson sunk the two free throws giving the Grizzlies the victory. Rowdy Ensminger scored 23 points and Blaine Dunlap added 13 points. Brodey Igert had 9 points, and 13 rebounds as the Wildcats improved to 4-3. They play Midway at home at 7 p.m. Thursday.
INOLA TOURNAMENT: FORT GIBSON 68, PRYOR 31 — The Fort Gibson Lady Tigers did all their scoring in the first quarter from 3-point range to open up a 12-point lead after the first eight minutes and steamrolled Pryor at the Jerry Oquin Tournament in Inola on Tuesday.
Fort Gibson, the defending Class 4A state champions, hit six 3s in the first eight minutes to take an 18-6 lead over Pryor. FGHS would add two more points to its advantage to take a 32-18 lead at halftime.
“We played a lot of girls who hadn’t played before,” said Fort Gibson coach Jerry Walker. “For the first game, it’s definitely good to get a win.”
One area Walker was proud of was his players’ play on defense.
“We rebounded well and didn’t give them many second-chance points,” he said. “There were times when the defense lacked but overall it was a good first game.”
Fort Gibson advances in the winner’s bracket to play Inola at 7 p.m. Thursday while Pryor meets Sequoyah at 7 p.m. Friday in the loser’s bracket.
INOLA TOURNAMENT: INOLA 51, SEQUOYAH 41 — The defending state quarterfinalist Lady Indians fell victim to an 11-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to close the game out. Cenia Hayes led the Lady Indians with 10 and Kelsey Leach and Amy Tiger combined for 14 points.
“It was a combination of turnovers and easy-look shots, seemed like 12 to 14 shots around the glass that we didn’t put in,” Sequoyah coach Larry Callison said. “The first two games we had 36 turnovers and tonight probably 15-20 so that caught up with us. We have a lot of work to do.” Sequoyah (2-1) faces Pryor in the 7 p.m. consolation game Friday.
GANS 72, BRAGGS 66 – Riley Beasley led all scorers with 20 points in a losing effort for the Lady Wildcats, pouring in five shots from downtown. Jaycie Ray added 18 points, and Kymber Igert finished with 15 points. Braggs (2-7) hopes to rebound against Midway at home on Thursday.