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High school girls basketball roundup: Moore tops Choctaw for John Nobles Invitational title

Deer Creek's Skylar Vann drives to the basket against Putnam City's Atlanta Hopgood during a 68-51 win Saturday in the Bruce Gray tournament championship game. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Deer Creek's Skylar Vann drives to the basket against Putnam City's Atlanta Hopgood during a 68-51 win Saturday in the Bruce Gray tournament championship game. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Peyton Andrews’ feet were set, and the junior was clearly ready to fire a 3-pointer when she received a pass from Breonest Huffman.

Andrews nailed the shot with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter to give Moore a four-point lead against Choctaw on Saturday. The shot gave the Lions a much-needed cushion en route to a 59-49 win against Choctaw in the John Nobles Invitational championship game at Moore High School.

Andrews scored five of her last seven points in key moments. After her 3-pointer, she hit a mid-range jumper to give Moore a 47-43 lead.

Aaliyah Moore had another impressive game for the Class 6A No. 7-ranked Lions (13-3). Moore, ranked No. 7 nationally in ESPN’s recruiting rankings of the 2021 class, finished with 20 points. She was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

“Business as usual, but you can’t take that for granted,” Moore coach Brent Hodges said of the star forward’s performance.

No. 3 Choctaw (14-1) started strong, leading 13-11 at the end of the first quarter. Moore rallied in the second and took a six-point lead into halftime.

Choctaw freshman Raven Jackson scored 13 points in the second half to put pressure on the Lions.

Jackson, who finished with 20 points and made four 3-pointers, sank a pair of free throws early in the fourth to give Choctaw a 41-40 lead.

Moore responded with two free throws of her own, and the Lions never relinquished their lead.

Jones 58, Blanchard 27

Bailey Ely drove to the lane, made a spin move to her right and scored over the bigger and taller defender. The play gave her two of her 20 points, leading the Longhorns to their second consecutive Jones Tournament championship with a 58-27 win against Blanchard at the Stevens-Chase Center.

“Bailey [Ely] is a player who goes hard in the weight room, she goes hard in practice, she goes hard in a game, she never ever takes a rep off,” Jones coach Jenni Holbrook said. “I think this might be her first MVP honor in her career so I’m very proud of her.”

After knocking out John Marshall and Woodward, (15-1) Jones used their smothering defense to breeze past Blanchard. The Longhorns forced 17 turnovers and held the Lions to just 13 and 14 points in each half.

Edmond Santa Fe 55, Piedmont 46

Jayda Holiman intercepted the interior pass and took it for the score. On the ensuing possession, she pick-pocketed the Piedmont ball handler at mid-court and scored again. The two steals sparked Edmond Santa Fe’s run as they topped Piedmont 55-46 to win the Otho “Sweet Pea” Curtis Invitational in Newcastle.

“She’s just an energized bunny, she’s the sweetest best teammate out there,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Paul Bass said. “She just hops everywhere and those [steals] were huge.”

In the first half Piedmont and Santa Fe were in a close battle as the game featured eight lead changes and three ties. But in the second, the lead changed just once. The Wildcats led the entire third quarter but in the fourth Santa Fe would take over, outscoring Piedmont 21-8.

Edmond Santa Fe's Kaylee Nero was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Bass said after beating a “phenomenal” (12-3) Piedmont team he hopes (9-7) Edmond Santa Fe will move up in the standings. The Wolves entered the tournament at No. 20 in the 2019-20 Class 6A Basketball Girls Week 7 rankings.


Class 4A No. 2-ranked Classen SAS defeated Tulsa Booker T. Washington 74-49 in the Jenks/Tulsa Union Invitational championship game. Tulsa Booker T. Washington is the top-ranked team in Class 6A. ... Skylar Vann scored 15 points and Deer Creek beat Putnam City 68-51 in the Bruce Gray Tournament.

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 ›

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›