SHAWNEE, Okla. —
By Merrick Eagleton
SHAWNEE — The Stillwater High Lady Pioneers put in a team effort to take down Tulsa Edison, 64-56, and advance to the championship game in the Shawnee Invitational.
Seniors Austyn Iven and Jenny Scarbrough led the team offensively.
Iven put up 20 points, and executed on the free throw line. She went 14 for 17 free throws.
Scarbrough contributed 16 points. She set a program record of 18 rebounds in the game and also had her first double-double of the season.
“It was a great game for her,” Stillwater coach Carl Treat said.
The Lady Pioneers (11-6) will compete for the championship title against Shawnee at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Shawnee is the defending 5A state champions and the top-ranked team in Class 5A.
“It’s gonna be a tough contest but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Treat said.
Norman North 76, Stillwater 62
SHAWNEE — There will be no tournament title game for the Stillwater High boys team after Norman North utilized a big second half to pull away from the seventh-ranked Pioneers 76-62 in the semifinals of the Shawnee Invitational.
“They just outplayed us. We did not get ready for this game on the mental part,” SHS coach Michael Davis said.
Davis said Stillwater’s lack of size came back to hurt them with the Pioneer players failing to block out the bigger Norman North players.
“We had breakdowns on defense and were outrebounded from not blocking out due to a lack of height,” Davis said. “That’s the bottom line, we didn’t execute on the defensive end and we didn’t rebound. We’ve got to rebound from every position — all five guys on the floor — and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Stillwater actually held a 37-33 halftime lead, but were outscored by seven in the third quarter and gave up 26 points to Norman North in the final frame.
Carson Teal led the Pioneers in scoring with 21 points, while Rico Thompson chipped in 18 and Brett Budke added another 14.
Stillwater will play the loser of the other semifinal contest between Coweta and Southeast at 5 p.m. in the third-place game.