By Merrick Eagleton
PONCA CITY, Okla. —
The Stillwater High boys basketball team escaped with a 65-60 overtime victory against rival Ponca City on Tuesday.
The Pioneers had to mount a furious comeback in the fourth quarter to force the extra period on Ponca’s home court. The Wildcats held a 48-39 lead after three quarters, but the Pioneers went on a 5-0 run to open the quarter.
“Credit to the guys, they didn’t quit,” Stillwater coach Michael Davis said. “We know every time we face Ponca we’re going to get their best shot, especially at home. We were just lucky to come out on the good side of it.”
The Pioneers actually found themselves trailing by double digits in the second half, but some clutch free throw shooting down the stretch helped complete the comeback.
“Rico (Thompson) made all four of his free throws in overtime and made all eight of his free throws tonight,” Davis said.
Thompson finished with 22 points, but the biggest performance came from Brett Budke, who had a double-double with a team-high 25 points and 14 rebounds.
“Budke was solid tonight,” Davis said. “He seizes the big moments. He wants it bad.
“I was very proud of all the Pioneers tonight, though. They just didn’t quit. We keep finding a way to win. We’ve had to fight and claw, every guy.”
Next up for the Pioneers is the Shawnee Tournament, which begins Thursday.
Stillwater girls 48, Ponca City 34
PONCA CITY — The Stillwater Lady Pioneers came back from a first-half deficit to beat Ponca City 48-34.
“In the first half we struggled on offense,” coach Carl Treat said. “Played a lot better in the second half and started knocking down 3-pointers. We hit our free throws late to seal the game.”
Stillwater led 12-7 after the first quarter but was outscored 13-7 in the second to trail by one at halftime. The Lady Pioneers outscored the Lady Wildcats 11-4 to hold a 30-24 lead after three.
Treat said the defense really stepped up.
“We held them to 28 percent shooting, which made up for our tough shooting,” Treat said.
Senior Austyn Iven led the team in scoring with 15. Becca Worthy followed with 12 and Callie Atkins scored 10. The Lady Pioneers play El Reno in the first round of the Shawnee Invitational at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cushing 64, Glenpool 39
GLENPOOL — Cushing maintained the lead over Glenpool throughout the game, ending in a 64-39 victory for the Lady Tigers.
Cushing (16-1) stepped up offensively with four players scoring in double digits. Senior Che’Ron Lewis led the team with 22 points. Seniors Hannah Burris, Taylor Jones and Shaunda Hagler also contributed.
Defense held Glenpool to few baskets and only five points in the third quarter.
The Lady Tigers will face Chandler on the road next Tuesday.
Glencoe 46, Shidler 37
SHIDLER — The Glencoe Lady Panthers evened their won-loss record with a 46-37 win against Shidler.
Kelsey Castlebury scored 16 points for Glencoe (9-9) and Summer Jeffries added 10.
Glencoe coach Stephen Castlebury said his defense played well, too.
“We held them to 37 which isn’t bad for us,” Castlebury said. “But we didn’t rebound well and we had too many turnovers.”
The Lady Panthers will be in the Glencoe Tournament this weekend and will play Yale in the opening round.
Perkins-Tryon 60, Chandler 22
PERKINS —Perkins-Tryon played a good defensive game to beat Chandler 60-22.
P-T coach Jerry Burnett said it was a good game and a good win for his team.
“We just came out and played really well defensively the first half,” Burnett said.
Jordan Gorham, with 20 points, and McKenzie Stanford, with 14, were the leading scorers for the undefeated Lady Demons (16-0).
P-T’s next game will be against Stroud at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Ripley 59, Carney 27
CARNEY — Ripley played a high-scoring game against Carney, jumping out to a 23-4 lead in the first quarter and ending with a final score of 59-27.
Both Jaclyn McKnight and Mason Pitts scored in double digits for the Lady Warriors (17-1). Kylie Ladd also contributed 8 points. Ripley led by 40 points going into the second half.
Ripley will begin the Kiefer Tournament against Prue at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Ripley 55, Carney 36
CARNEY —The Ripley Warriors came away with a win over Carney, 55-36.
The Warriors (13-5) scored double digits in all four quarters. Dexter Ladd led the team with 17 points and Houston Twoguns was close behind with 16. Caulden Greenfield contributed 11 points.
The Warriors will head to the Kieffer Tournament next, where they will play Drumright at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Coyle 65, Muhall-Orlando 42
COYLE — Coyle led in each quarter to win its game against Muhall-Orlando 65-42.
Jakobi Brown led offensively for Coyle (15-3) with 26 points. Tony Aska put up 16 points.
This victory brings Coyle coach, Josh Sumrall, to only one game short of 200 wins as the head coach for the Bluejackets. Sumrall is in his 11th season coaching at Coyle.
The Bluejackets’ next game will be against Oklahoma Christian School in the Cashion Tournament.
Perkins-Tryon 49, Prague 41
PERKINS— The Perkins-Tryon Demons played a close game, but came away with a 49-41 victory against Prague.
Demons coach Norman Tippeconnie said his team left too many points at the free throw line. Cody Waitt was the high scorer with 19 points.
P-T (10-6) will move on to play Okemah in the semi-finals of their tournament. Tippeconnie said he expects it to be a tough game.
“It’ll be a challenge but that’ll be good for us,” Tippeconnie said.
Sports editor Jason Elmquist and sports reporter Andrew Glover contributed to this story.