By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press
GLENCOE, Okla. —
Basketball teams either live or die by the 3-pointer. Friday night in the Class A district semifinals, the Agra Bearcats feasted on 3s with 13 in a 71-49 rout over the Oilton Panthers.
The Bearcats (10-12) outscored the Panthers 39-9 from 3-point territory. Trever Gladden led Agra’s assault with seven 3-pointers for 21 points.
“The one that hit seven is just a freshman,” coach Chad Dickerson said. “He showed up tonight and the whole team did.”
Agra led 20-13 after the first quarter and expanded its lead to 12 at halftime. Oilton got some scoring inside in the second half to cut into the Bearcats’ lead but couldn’t keep up in the fourth quarter.
The Bearcats hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter and outscored Oilton 22-10. Dalton James and Jonathan Norton also finished in double figures with 15 and 11 points respectively. Tommy McClendon led Oilton with 18 points.
“I't’s nice (to advance),” Dickerson said. “I’ve been anxious all week because that was our fourth against Oilton.”
With the win, Agra earned a spot in next week’s regional tournament and will face top-ranked Glencoe at 8 p.m. Saturday for the district championship.
“I’m hoping we can matchup with them and give them a run,” Dickerson said.
Agra 49, Oilton 47
GLENCOE — To advance in the playoffs, you need someone to hit the big shot. Friday in the Class A district semifinals, it was Agra’s Faith Condrey who made two free throws in the closing seconds to secure a victory over Oilton at Glencoe High School.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” coach Aaron Norton said. “This was the fourth time we played them. We’re excited to get to play (Saturday) and hopefully win the championship.”
Condrey scored 25 points and scored 10 in the fourth quarter. Agra took a 13-8 lead after one but Oilton rallied to tie the game at 19 at halftime. Norton said Condrey stepped up.
“She had a big night tonight,” Norton said. “She stepped up on defense.”
The Lady Bearcats (9-13) pulled out to a 30-23 lead midway through the third quarter but Oilton cut it to two near the end of the quarter and entered the final frame facing a four-point deficit.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers jumped into the lead on field goals by Kadie Cardwell, and led 38-37 but Agra got two baskets by Condrey and one by Taylor Roe to hold a 43-38 lead.
Oilton got a 3-pointer from Brianna Favodora and basket by Cardwell to tie the game at 43 with 2:30 left. A basket by Billie Gibson gave the Lady Panthers a 47-45 lead with 1:20 left.
Agra tied the game on a basket by Condrey. With 13 seconds left, the Lady Bearcats’ Allison Peterson was fouled but missed the front end of the one-and-one. Condrey grabbed the rebound and was fouled. With a simple stroke, Condrey gave her team the lead. Oilton aired a jumper in the closing seconds.
The Lady Bearcats earned a spot in next week’s district will face No. 18 Glencoe in the district championship at 8 p.m. Saturday.