Stillwater News Press

January 12, 2013

Ripley girls win Walking F. Ranch Classic

By Andrew Glover

YALE, Okla. — YALE — The Ripley Lady Warriors started fast and held off the Preston Lady Pirates in a 54-43 victory in the championship of the Walking F. Ranch Classic.

"We played well. We handled their press," coach Doug Scott said. "They like to full-court you to death but we handled it well."

The Lady Warriors led 16-8 after the first quarter and 30-18 at halftime. Preston was unable to cut into Ripley's lead in the second half. Kylie Ladd led the Lady Warriors in scoring with 18. Wisper Lefthand followed with 16 and Naomi Eslinger followed with 10.

Ripley visits Coyle on Tuesday.

Davenport 61, Agra 46

DAVENPORT — Agra knocked down 8 3-pointers but it was not enough to beat Davenport for third place in the Davenport Tournament, as the Lady Bearcats fell 61-46 Saturday.

“We did a really good job,” Agra coach John Peveler said. “It was up and down a little and they just had too many offensive rebounds in the second half. They only shot 45 percent from the field but they were able to score 12 points off offensive rebounds.”

Taylor Roe led the Lady Bearcats (6-8) with 11 points. Hannah Thompson also tallied 10 points for Agra, which went into halftime tied with Davenport at 24-24.

Agra went 8 of 19 from beyond the arc, but the game slowly slipped away late in the second half.

“It really was a 3-point contest for most of the game,” Peveler said. “We’d hit one and they’d come right back and answer. At the end we tried to foul them and to their credit they made their free throws.”

The Lady Bearcats will get their shot at revenge when they return to Davenport to face Lady Bulldogs Tuesday.

Yale 46, Liberty 32

YALE — The Lady Bulldogs hit timely shots to claim seventh place in the Walking F. Ranch Classic with a 46-32 victory over the Lady Tigers.

“(Brett) Thomas hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to put us up by three,” coach Kevin Shellhorse said. “It was a big shot.”

From there, Yale’s lead was cut to two after the third quarter. In the fourth the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Tigers 17-5. Lexi Huff led the team in scoring with 16. Thomas followed with 14.

Yale visits Oilton on Monday.


Coyle 53, Garber 42

MULHALL —The second half is when the Coyle Bluejackets are usually able to rest their starters because they have a sizeable lead. Saturday in the championship of Mulhall-Orlando Tournament, Coyle found itself behind in the third but after a timeout rallied to pull out a 53-42 victory over the Garber Wolverines.

“We got down 36-31 and I called a timeout,” coach Josh Sumrall said. “We made a run and grabbed the lead and held it. I was proud of our guys for that. Tonight and last night were the best games we’ve played this season.”

The Bluejackets (12-3) led 13-8 after the first and maintained their lead in the second. After Garber, took the lead in third, Coyle rallied to hold a 41-38 lead. The Bluejackets outscored the Wolverines 12-4 in the final quarter. Ryan Weathers led the team in scoring with 18 points on 6 3-pointers.

“Ryan came up big for us,” Sumrall said. “They ran an extended zone on us. We stretched it out and got some cheap buckets.”

Morrison 60, Frontier 58

MORRISON — The Morrison Wildcats rallied late to tie the game and eventually pulled out a 60-58 overtime victory over the Frontier Mustangs in the consolation finals of the Mike Kerr Classic.

“We did a good job of making shots,” Morrison coach Cory Bales said. “We went to a post game and (Tevin) Conklin made some baskets to help force overtime. He had an offensive putback in overtime and made free throws.”

Frontier (3-13) led by four after the first quarter and expanded it to nine at halftime. The Wildcats cut the Mustangs led to 35-30 after the third and tied it at 48 at the end of regulation.

Kyle Collins led the Wildcats in scoring with 24. Conklin followed with 14 and Jordan Quinata contributed 11. Landon Norman led the Mustangs with 18. Jayson Ratliff followed with 16.

The Mustangs host Tonkawa at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Morrison (6-6) visits Hennessey.

Ripley 56, Liberty 42

YALE — There’s the old adage that attitude determines outcome. That rang true for the Ripley Warriors as they beat the Liberty Tigers 56-42 to claim seventh in the Walking F. Ranch Classic.

“Our mindset was good,” coach Doug Scott said. “We didn’t get frustrated over the little things.”

Ripley (11-4) led 12-5 after the first and expanded it to 32-14 at halftime. The Warriors maintained their lead in the second half. Caulden Greenfield led the team with 18 points. Dexter Ladd followed with 14 and Garrett Gosney contributed 10.

The Warriors host Coyle on Tuesday.

Perkins-Tryon 34, Newcastle 33

BETHEL — Playing in so many tight games finally paid off for the Perkins-Tryon as Caleb White’s buzzer-beating runner helped the Demons beat Newcastle 34-33 Saturday in the CD Warehouse Tournament consolation finals.

“This was huge for us,” Perkins-Tryon coach Norman Tippeconnie said. “We’ve been in some tight games. We’re still searching for our offense but this was a big win for us. Hopefully it will help us gain more confidence and be more consistent.

White finished with 12 points, while Thunder Sharp added 10 point for the Demons (8-6), which trailed 22-16 at halftime. Garrett Dollins also pitched in 4 points.

The Demons will host Seminole — a team that beat Perkins-Tryon in the tournament — on Tuesday.

“We’re still young, but we’re getting better each game,” Tippeconnie said. “They all played very well, but (White) played exceptional.”

Perry 58, Chisholm 52

ENID — The Perry High School boys basketball team was able to shake off a sluggish second quarter and clamp down defensively to defeat Chisholm 58-52 for fifth place in the Wheat Capital Tournament Saturday.

Kale Hixon scored 26 points and Shaheem Turner chipped in 17 as the Maroons (9-4) turned a 31-27 halftime deficit into a six-point victory.

“We started the game on a 10-0 run but we had to refocus a bit in the second quarter,” Perry coach Brandon Hight said. “We just had to get back after.”

After giving up 20 points in the second quarter, Perry held Chisholm to just 2 points in the third quarter, outscoring Longhorns 10-2.

“This is a game that you can build on,” Hight said. “We didn’t play great but we’re 9-4 with only two seniors, so I’ll take that.”

Playing five games in the last eight days, the Maroons will now take over a week off before traveling back to Enid to face Chisholm on Jan. 22.

“It will be a good break for us,” Hight said. “This is a chance for us to take a nice little break and get geared up for the second half of the season.”

Sports reporter Nick Snow contributed to this report.