By Merrick Eagleton
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.
Ripley 64, Kellyville 55
KIEFER — Ripley played an even first quarter with Kellyville but picked up the pace to win the game, 64-55.
Ripley coach Doug Scott said the team did a good job of scoring. Houston Twoguns was the high-scorer with 23 points and Caulden Greenfield followed closely with 20.
The Warriors (15-5) will compete in the finals at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. They will face the winner between Kiefer and Depew.
Pawnee 44, Mannford 42
TONKAWA — The Pawnee Black Bears made it a two-point game after being down by 9 points in the third quarter, to come away with a 44-42 victory over Mannford.
Pawnee coach David Page said the boys competed well and played together as a team .
“It was the best team we played so far this season,” Page said. “It was the first time we had to play four really tough quarters.”
The win advances Pawnee to the finals which will be held at NOC. They will face the winner between Tonkawa and Blackwell at 7:50 p.m. Saturday.
Morrison 71, Watonga 66, OT
CASHION — Both teams grabbed significant leads but the Wildcats held the final lead in a 71-66 overtime victory over the Eagles in the consolation semifinals of the County Line Tournament.
The Wildcats (8-8) received a balanced scoring effort with Kyle Collins, Ty Conklin and Jordan Quinata each scoring 22 points. Collins was 8 for 8 from the free throw line.
Morrison faces Cashion in the consolation championship at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Frontier 52, Pawnee 38
TONKAWA — The Lady Mustangs forced a scoreless first quarter from Pawnee to jump start the game, leading to a 52-38 victory for Frontier.
Marissa Goodman scored 24 points, followed by Jalissa Gum with 14. The leading scorer for Pawnee was Lauren Bynum with 11 points.
Pawnee (10-5) will play Cleveland for third place at 3:50 p.m. Saturday at NOC.
Frontier (16-5) advanced to the finals and will face Tonkawa at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. This is the fourth time for the Lady Mustangs to face Tonkawa this season, with two losses and one win so far for Frontier.
Ripley 44, Hulbert 22
KIEFER — The Lady Warriors doubled Hulbert’s score to result in the 44-22 victory for Ripley.
Ripley (19-1) was up by 12 points going into the second half. Kylie Ladd led the team with 15 points and Jalyn McKnight added 9. Whisper Lefthand and Naomi Eslinger combined for 16.
Ripley will play in the championship game against Kellyville at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Sports editor Jason Elmquist contributed to this story.