OKLAHOMA CITY — Fort Gibson High School’s chances of a second consecutive Class 4A girls basketball championship were slowly slipping away.
The Lady Tigers began a furious rally after trailing the Anadarko High School Lady Warriors by 13 points heading into the fourth quarter at State Fair Arena.
Fort Gibson completed its state title-clinching comeback when junior Allie Glover drained a 27-foot shot with 3.2 seconds remaining in the game to secure a 50-47 victory.
“I’m just so excited,” Glover said. “We worked for it and we deserve it.”
Glover’s big sister Jodi said she thought Allie Glover would attempt a two-point shot. Not only did Allie Glover opt for the 3-pointer, but she pulled up and shot it from a distance equivalent to an NBA-range 3-pointer.
“As soon as she shot it I knew it was going in,” said Jodi Glover, a member of the FGHS 2011 state championship team. “She wasn't shooting her best during the playoffs, but that shot was perfect from the time it left her hands.”
Jodi Glover said it was an “awesome moment” when the shot went through the net.
“I was sitting by my mom and youngest sister (Kayci) and we were going nuts hugging one another,” Jodi Glover said.
The Lady Tigers became the first team to win back-to-back Class 4A titles since the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association went to 5-on-5 in 1995. Carl Albert was the last 4A team to repeat as champions in 1989.
Fort Gibson finished 30-1, topping its 29 victories last season.
“Great accomplishments, great program,” said Fort Gibson Schools Superintendent Derald Glover, who presented Allie — his daughter — with her championship medal. “I can’t say enough about our kids and the coaches.”
Fort Gibson also joins Bristow as the only two schools to win three Class 4A girls championships in the 5-on-5 era.
“I wish every coach in the country could coach these girls,” said Fort Gibson coach Jerry Walker. “They know what the important things are. It shows in their diligence and their toughness.”
The Lady Tigers began their comeback midway in the final quarter.
Fort Gibson took a 47-46 lead on Desiree Phipps’ jumper with 36.7 remaining in the game. But Anadarko’s Kelsey Schumpert tied the score at 47 when she made the second of two free throws with 13 seconds remaining.
Allie Glover then got into position eight feet beyond the top of the arc, took a pass from Savannah Gray, and shot Fort Gibson to the state title.