The way Josh Berry sees it, he would like his Muskogee High School boys basketball team play with more intensity from start to finish.
As it was, the Roughers got outscored 23-12 in the third quarter en route to a 62-45 loss to the Class 6A No. 10 Jenks Trojans at Ron Milam Memorial Gymnasium on Friday night.
“It took us awhile to get aggressive,” he said. “I think we were passive early-on. (Jenks) made plays and shots early.”
The Trojans led 23-14 at halftime.
“We didn’t get stops and they made plays,” he said of the third-quarter woes. “We had chances to make plays and we didn’t. It’s something that we have to keep working on, get in the gym and practice and continue to get better.”
Payton Golightly, a 6-foot-5 senior, made plays for the Trojans in the third quarter, scoring eight of his game-high 18 points in the period.
Anfernee Nelson scored 12 and Tristan Hines added 11 for Jenks, which improved to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in conference. The Trojans are coached by former MHS coach Clay Martin.
The Roughers (2-8, 1-3 Frontier Conference) also had starting guard Cameron Clemmons suffer a leg injury with 1:51 left in the third period. He had to helped off the floor and was carried to the locker room.
“He’s had issues with that leg and missed a couple games before,” Berry said. “I’m hoping he’s going to be better and come back and play Tuesday.”
Clemmons finished with seven points before being hurt. Kaunor Ashley, Xavier Brown and James Brown led the Roughers with nine points each.
Muskogee returns to the court Tuesday when it plays at Tulsa Union in another Frontier Conference game.
Jenks 68, Muskogee 45
A promising first half didn’t carry over for the Lady Roughers (2-8, 0-4) in the second half.
Muskogee trailed 27-23 at the break, but No. 20 Jenks (5-4, 2-2) zipped to a 10-2 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter. The Lady Trojans led 37-25 with 5:16 left in the period and the Lady Roughers wouldn’t get closer.
“We came out flatter than I anticipated,” MHS coach Shonika Breedlove said. “I felt we should’ve been more intense offensively and defensively. We got flat and got into a rut that we couldn’t get out.”
Makenna Burch and Trinity Jackson combined for 10 points in the early surge.
Burch finished with a game-high 18 points and Jackson, a 6-foot-2 junior, scored all 14 of her points in the second half. Jackson earned praise from Breedlove.
“She’s a great player and plays with a lot of tenacity,” the MHS coach said. “We knew she was going to get her shots off and I didn’t have anything to handle her.”
Haley Meely added 14 points for the Lady Trojans.
Tea Myers, a 5-6 sophomore, led the Lady Roughers with 17 points after having 14 at halftime. D’Asia Brown, a 5-6 junior, added 12, scoring 10 in the second half.