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Littlepage-Buggs continues to dominate, Classen SAS girls beat Dale

Dale’s Brook Rutland goes up for a basket as Classen SAS’s Jordan Harrison (2) and Amyah Sutton (15) defend during Tuesday night’s game at Dale High School. Classen SAS won, 84-58. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Dale’s Brook Rutland goes up for a basket as Classen SAS’s Jordan Harrison (2) and Amyah Sutton (15) defend during Tuesday night’s game at Dale High School. Classen SAS won, 84-58. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

The Classen SAS girls basketball team had a 30-point lead against Dale in the fourth quarter, but Darianna Littlepage-Buggs’ intensity remained high.

After a Classen SAS 3-point attempt ricocheted off the rim with 6:30 remaining, Littlepage-Buggs dove for the loose ball, colliding with a Dale defender and falling to the ground.

Dale was awarded the possession, but Littlepage-Buggs provided another example of why she has garnered respect from her teammates as a sophomore.

“As long as my energy is up, I feel like the team’s energy is up,” Littlepage-Buggs said.

Classen SAS defeated the Pirates 84-58 on Tuesday night in Dale.

Littlepage-Buggs scored 15 points. She continues to impress colleges from around the country and has received from offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Louisville, among others.

Listed at 6-foot-1, Littlepage-Buggs dominates in the post but is also an effective jump shooter and passer.

For Classen SAS coach Jim Perinovic, the young forward’s intensity is one of many reasons she is a special player.

“She plays with so much passion,” Perinovic said. “That’s what sets her apart.”

Four Classen SAS players scored in double figures on Tuesday. Micah Gray finished with a game-high 16 points.

Danyn Lang and Elaine Witt each had 10 points for the Pirates, who were playing without one of their top players, Lindy Nowakowski.

Classen SAS had a 23-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and controlled the game.

“We kept our energy up the whole game,” Littlepage-Buggs said. “That’s one thing about us. If we keep our energy up, we’re going to roll.”

Tuttle's Allen has triple double in win against Kingfisher

Landry Allen didn’t even have to jump.

As another Kingfisher player tried to attempt a layup against Tuttle’s 6-foot-3 freshman, she stood waiting in the paint, rejecting shot after shot. After she blocked the shots, Allen would sprint down the court and post up, finding easy ways to score in the paint.

Allen recorded a triple double in Class 4A No. 14 Tuttle’s 55-36 win at Kingfisher on Tuesday. She finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 13 blocks, and coach Brian Lester said he saw a new aggressiveness come from his star freshman.

“Her skill level is off the charts,” Lester said. “She’s just a true post player. I’d put her skill in the post up against anybody.”

Madi Surber added 10 points for Tuttle (8-3) while Hadley Periman and Storie Driver each tallied six.

Allen said the Kingfisher defenders were elbowing her in the post, so it fired her up to play well and post one of the best performances of her young career.


Kingfisher's Cortes scores 21 in rout against Tuttle

Bijan Cortes caught the pass, turned quickly and drove down the lane

Kingfisher’s junior guard saw nothing between he and the basket.

He picked up his dribble, rose and threw down a powerful right-handed dunk with a Tuttle defender below him, igniting the student section and home crowd.

Those highlight plays are something Yellowjacket fans have become accustomed to seeing this season. Cortes has become one of the top players in the state, and his performance Tuesday showed why.

Cortes led Class 4A top-ranked Kingfisher to a 78-52 victory against No. 10 Tuttle. He scored 21 points, including two highlight dunks and a trio of triples. He continues to show why he’s become such a highly-touted recruit.

“He went from a guy that people were backing off of to a deadly 3-point shooter,” Kingfisher coach Jared Reese said. “He’s shooting at one of the highest percentages of any kid I’ve had.”

Coming into Tuesday’s game, Cortes, who has offers from OU and Oklahoma State among numerous other Division I schools, was hitting 65 percent of his 3-pointers. Against Tuttle, he was 3 of 4 from deep.

At 6-foot-2, Cortes is unselfish but witty on offense, finding ways to create open shots for his teammates while knowing when to take the ball himself.

Kingfisher (11-0) has relied on his decision making and defensive prowess to a 33-game win streak, which dates to last season.

Cortes said he has noticed teams guarding him more aggressively this season. It hasn’t mattered.

Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›