By Dylan Goforth

Phoenix Correspondent

BRAGGS — Midway jumped out early on the road against Braggs in Riverside Athletic Conference play Thursday night and behind 16 points from Travis Durrett and 15 from Matt Artell, defeated the Wildcats 76-22.

Midway (6-2, 6-1) scored seven unanswered points in a span of 1:05 to take a 7-2 lead. The Chargers finished the quarter on a 12-0 run, ending the stanza with a 19-4 lead over the host team (1-10, 0-6).

The second quarter was much of the same. Despite free-throw difficulties (Midway finished the half 3-of-8 from the line), the Chargers put the game away, leading at the half, 42-13. Tanner McElhaney joined Durrett and Artell in double figures, scoring 11 of his 13 points in the decisive second quarter. Seven of those points came in a span of 40 seconds that saw Midway's lead swell to 35-8.

Braggs guard Cody White did his best to keep things close, scoring nine of his team leading 14 points in the second. Despite his best efforts, the Chargers still outscored Braggs 23-9 in the period.

With the game all but decided heading into the second half, Midway coach Dusty Walden emptied his bench, rotating in a variety of different players. These substitutions allowed a season-high 12 Chargers to score in the blowout.

“We try to get better every game, work on different things here and there,” said Walden. “We want to make sure and do things the correct way, no matter the score or opponent.”

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OKTAHA 72, CROWDER 52 — Forrest Hyslop had 10 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter, and Oktaha (9-2) needed all of it until the Class 2A No. 5 Tigers went on a middle-game rampage, outscoring Crowder 37-17 in the second and third quarters.

Hyslop had eight points in the third quarter as Oktaha outscored the hosts 24-11 in that span.

Oktaha stays on the road tonight, going to Class B No. 1 Stringtown.



Girls

OKTAHA 61, CROWDER 44 — Britny Pittman was the dominant Oktaha performer here a few weeks ago in tournament play. This time, Class A No. 11 Crowder put the clamps on her, holding her to just four points.

No matter. Class 2A No. 4 Oktaha (10-1) jumped to a 24-9 first-quarter lead without her scoring at all behind a balanced attack led by Rachel Lowery’s 17 points. Kimber Weant had 13, Julee Henderson 11 and Kelby Locust 10.

“Their coach told me that she wasn’t going to do it to them again, but it doesn’t matter,” Oktaha coach Chester Pittman said. “Someone else is going to get it for us.”

Pittman and Henderson each had eight rebounds. Weant had seven. The Lady Tigers go to Stringtown tonight.

MIDWAY 49, BRAGGS 39 — Mariah Sanders scored 16 points to lead the Lady Chargers (6-2, 5-1) over the Lady Wildcats (2-9, 1-5), led by Balli Kizzin’s 17.



Swimming

FORT GIBSON BOYS DOMINATE — Led by Quade Norman and Kyle Rose along with victories in three relays, Fort Gibson’s boys captured a three-way swimming meet with Harrah and Pryor as the Tigers scored 90 points at Harrison Field House Thursday.

In the girls division, the Lady Tigers were without Kendra Dean, who was home with the flu as Harrah won the meet with 93 points. Fort Gibson was second with 64.

“Kendra’s been feeling puny since Christmas,” Fort Gibson coach Connie Dean said of her daughter. “We had to hold her out.”

Meanwhile, Fort Gibson boys won all 11 events. Norman won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.14 seconds, while taking first in the 100 free (1:00.47). Rose, meanwhile, won the 500 free (7:08.16) and 100 breastroke (1:14.13). The Tigers won the relays in the 200 medley (2:07.29), 200 freestyle 1:51.53) and 400 free (4:14.74).

The Lady Tigers took victories with Haley Gilbreath in the 200 freestyle (2:43.15), Michelle Loken in the 100 butterfly (1:31.56) and Megan Haines in the 500 freestyle (7:15.86).

Fort Gibson competes at the Tulsa Washington Invitational next Thursday.

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