Oklahoma Class B girls basketball: Roundup of quarterfinal state tournament games
State tournament basketball games began on Tuesday. Here's what happened:
Varnum 55, Forgan 53
Nearly every fan was on their feet as both teams walked out of the timeout on Tuesday evening.
Forgan had battled all the way back from a final quarter deficit and had tied Varnum. With nine seconds remaining, Forgan had a chance to win it at the buzzer. Varnum coach Jon M Hadley told the Whippets to "just get a stop, don’t give Forgan a clean look" at a shot and play for overtime.
Freshman forward Hailey Mack had something else in mind.
As Forgan’s top player dribbled around a Varnum defender and prepared to shoot a layup, Mack flashed inside and stripped the ball away. Mack took one dribble, looked up court and flung the pass to Reanne Spraker who was fouled with less than a second remaining on the clock.
Spraker knocked down both free throws and Varnum snuck past Forgan 55-53 in the first round of the state tournament at State Fair Arena. After the buzzer, the Whippets ran and held each other after escaping a hard-fought game.
Isabel Davis and Savannah King led Varnum with 16 and 15 points in a battle that left Hadley shaking his head.
“I didn’t think we were going to end up with an offensive possession unless we stole the inbounds,” Hadley said. “But a lot of our kids got an act for the big plays, they’ve all been here before, except for those two freshmen and [Mack] comes through there and makes a clean strip.”
Varnum led most of the way but Forgan made a push in the final quarter on the backs of Raegan Kirkhart and Parker McIntyre, who finished with 18 and 15 points.
“Forgan, give them credit they just kept fighting and making big shots,” Hadley said. “They did a better job than us in some areas, but we just kept fighting and believing."
Kiowa 59, Leedey 29
Kye Stone stayed just outside the passing lane.
The senior forward from Kiowa wanted to bait the Leedey guard into a pass.
Before the pass made it to the Bison, Stone reached out with her 5-foot-11 frame and picked it off. She laid the ball up for the score on the other end. The takeaway was one of Stone’s eight steals as Kiowa topped Leedey 51-29 at the State Fair Arena on Tuesday afternoon.
After opening with a 12-point first quarter, Stone rode that momentum the rest of the way and was Kiowa’s best player on both sides of the floor. She finished with 26 points, eight steals and seven rebounds in the quarterfinal round.
“She’s so talented and we’ve known about her for four years and other people have known about her too but everybody should know now,” Kiowa coach James Pannell said. “She does so many different things and is so good in many different areas and she likes big moments and it showed today.”
Leedey has averaged about 60 points per game this season but Kiowa’s stout defense held it to its lowest-scoring game of the year. Leedey’s Rylie Gore gave her best effort to keep Leedey in the game but her 15-point performance just wasn’t enough to outlast the Cowgirls. She scored all 12 of the Bison’s first-half points and finished with more than half of Leedey’s total points.
“They did what we were supposed to do,” Pannell said of Kiowa’s defense. “They take a lot of pride in it, I’m glad they do. It’s what we build our program on so defensively to do that is no knock on anybody but that’s what we expect to do.”
Lookeba-Sickles 55, Webbers Falls 33
Alli Harvey knocked down another 3-pointer from the top of the key then pumped her fist and gave a snarl.
The junior from Lookeba-Sickles was on fire from deep on Tuesday morning and she knew it.
Harvey made four of five 3-pointers as Lookeba-Sickles bested Webbers Falls 55-33 at the State Fair Arena. Lookeba-Sickles grabbed the lead early and never let up in the first round of the state tournament.
Four of the five Lookeba-Sickles starters average double-figures this season and they’re only separated by two points. But it was Harvey with the hot-hand as she finished with 19 points. Mallori Brown followed her with 16.
“That’s not the first time I’ve seen it,” Lookeba-Sickles coach Lance Scales said of Harvey’s shooting. “She’s shot the ball well throughout the season. But the good part about our team is today it was Alli but tomorrow it might be one of the others you just never know, you have to guard all five of us."
Lookeba-Sickles will play Kiowa at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Lomega 73, Hammon 27
There was arguably no better way for Lomega to begin its state title defense.
The Raiders dominated on both ends during their 73-27 win against Hammon in the Class B quarterfinals at State Fair Arena. Hammon didn't score more than seven points in a quarter, and 10 players scored for Lomega.
"Defensively, I thought we played really well today," Lomega coach Kevin Lewallen said. "Didn't shoot it as well as I thought we were capable of, but defensively, I thought it was about as good as we could've played."
Sophomore guard Darcy Roberts led all scorers with 20 points. Hensley Eaton added 15 while Ady Wilson tallied 14.
Roberts was stellar in the first half, scoring more points (15) than Hammon did as a team (14). Lomega (25-0 overall) hit 12 3-pointers, including four from Roberts.
Addison Walker led Hammon with 10 points.
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 ›
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