December 5, 2012

MHS boys open in style: Roughers win in head coach’s debut; Lady Roughers fall vs. Sapulpa

December 5, 2012 By Mike Kays Phoenix Sports Editor

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Girls:

Sapulpa 61,

Muskogee 45


A chilly first-quarter offense, foul issues and a lack of overall rebounding led to the Lady Roughers’ downfall in their first game since losing in the Class 6A quarterfinals a year ago.

Oral Roberts-bound Alexus Wilson had a quick basket out of the gate before Muskogee missed on 12 consecutive shots, going scoreless until Kelsey McClure’s jumper with 7:42 until halftime.  McClure, the other returning starter from the quarterfinals team, missed all four of her attempts in the first quarter.

Wilson connected on the next possession and MHS was on a 14-4 run, capped by a putback by Lanice Rozell with just under five minutes in the half.

But Muskogee couldn’t keep April Glisson off the line. The senior guard was 10-of-10 there in the quarter and the Lady Chieftains never relinquished the lead, up 30-22. It was also a sign of things to come. She wound up 22-of-24  for the contest and finished with a game-high 22 points.

The Lady Roughers would get it back to within a single possession twice more. McClure’s 3 made it a one-point game (35-34) with 1:05 left in the third, then Mari Jackson misfired with a chance at the lead on the ensuing MHS trip down. On the rebound, Sydney Carter picked up her fourth foul.

Glisson hit a free throw, then trying to tie the game, McClure overshot a teammate on a dish and the ball went out of bounds. It was one of four turnovers over the next three minutes that turned it into a 12-point Sapulpa lead (46-34) early in the fourth.

“We’re going to have to re-evaluate some things and start over on our rotation,” a frustrated MHS coach Doyle Rowland said. “We didn’t play defense. Fouls put us out of our normal rotation and when you don’t rebound and pass the ball like it needs to be passed against a good rotation, you’re going to get beat.”

McClure was Miuskogee’s only girl in double figures with 17. Jackson had eight points and the only factor on the boards for MHS with nine. Wilson finished with seven points.

The Lady Roughers are also in the Tahlequah tournament, playing Oklahoma City Southeast at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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