Pioneers rebound from weekend losses with easy home victory

Jason Elmquist/Stillwater News Press Stillwater High junior Garrick Martin scores on a breakaway layup in Tuesday's game against Moore.

Stillwater parlayed a big first quarter into a road victory against Yukon, 67-59.

The 6A No. 14-ranked Pioneers (14-7) led by 17 at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 21 at the end of the third. Despite Yukon’s late push, Stillwater was able to hold on.

Stillwater’s Garrick Martin posted 19 points and Jack Glenn had 17.

“We had 17 turnovers and missed 17 free throws,” Stillwater High coach Michael Davis. “We have to play better than that. It was enough for the win, but it was nothing special – just OK.”

 Stillwater plays again Tuesday at 6A No. 13 Southmoore.


Stillwater girls fall in double overtime

Stillwater and Yukon’s girls needed two overtime periods to separate them Friday night.

Despite the Lady Pioneers having two chances to win the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime, the host Lady Millers pulled it out, 49-46.

Stillwater (5-16) struggled all game against a team they had beaten previously in the season. Yukon (6-14) led by five points at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Pioneers kept chipping away until the game was knotted at 38 at the end of regulation.

Stillwater was unable to capitalize on its opportunities, though, and was edged out in the second overtime.

Jaci Littell paced the Lady Pioneers with 19 points, followed by Jazzmin Kloos with a career-high 15 points. No other Lady Pioneer scored more than three points.

Yukon’s Amunique Holmes picked apart Stillwater’s defense, leading all scorers and posting 27 points.

Stillwater coach Kendra Kilpatrick never saw her team fully put it together in the loss.

“We dug a hole to start and didn’t play well the entire time,” Kilpatrick said. “We were always the team trying to claw back in, as they always had the momentum.”

 The Lady Pioneers play again on the road at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Southmoore.


Tull’s buzzer-beater gives Cushing boys victory

Coming out of the timeout down by one with two seconds left, Cushing coach Jontue Austin-Ezzell said he knew his team had a lot of options.

One of those scoring choices, Caleb Tull, saw the opportunity and sunk a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to send the home crowd into a frenzy on senior night.

The last-second shot gave Cushing a 65-63 victory against Cleveland on Friday.

Cushing trailed most of the game, but found its way back into it in the fourth quarter, setting up the eventual victory.

Tull led Cushing (8-10) with 17 points. Cleveland’s Dakota Cline and Dylan Edwards each had 19.

“We got off to a slow start, and they had us play at a faster pace than we wanted to,” Austin-Ezell said. “Slowly but surely, we turned it around, and we got stops in the last two minutes that we needed for Tull to hit the three to win.

“We just got one extra shot than they did. I’m proud of them, they could have easily let that game get away from us.”

Cushing plays again Saturday at Sperry.


Defensive battle results in Cushing girls victory

Buckets were hard to find in Cushing’s 38-28 senior night victory against Cleveland.

Cushing (14-6) led the whole game, but didn’t win any quarter by more than four points.

Cleveland (10-12) had a rough night offensively, scoring 10 or less points in every quarter.

Braelyn Burlowitz played well in her final game on Cushing’s home court, scoring 17 points. No other Cushing scorer put up more than nine.

Cleveland had one scorer in double digits, and only four players made a bucket.

Cushing’s coach Brian Busby saw his team play well on one end but had problems on the other.

“We played pretty solid defense tonight, still struggled shooting, though,” Busby said. “I think we will get out of that funk soon. We are just trying to get better right now with districts coming up.”

Cushing plays again Saturday at Sperry, a team it blew out in January.


Lady Demons trample Sperry

Utter domination is the only way to describe Friday’s contest between the Perkins-Tryon and Sperry girls.

The Class 4A No. 9 Lady Demons executed in all aspects on senior night, winning 70-23.

Perkins-Tryon (21-1) scored at least 19 points in each of the first three quarters then coasted in the fourth.

The Lady Pirates (4-15) were stifled offensively, especially in the third quarter where they failed to score a point.

Four Perkins-Tryon scorers put up double-digit points. Alice Stevenson led with 15, and Coley Larsson, Kailynn Belcher and Kinzey Stevenson each had 12.

No Sperry scorers had more than eight points.

Perkins-Tryon coach Jerry Burnett saw his team throttle the Lady Pirates all night in a special game.

“It was a good night on senior night,” Burnett said. “Everybody got to play, so it was nice.”

The Lady Demons play their regular season finale Monday at Mannford.


Coyle boys stay alive with victory against Bluejacket

With its back against the wall, Coyle’s offense showed up to play.

The performances of Ethan Jennings and Kris Boynton propelled Coyle to a 68-52 district playoff victory Friday night against Bluejacket in Covington.

Coyle (12-12) was ahead the whole elimination game and scored at least 16 points in each quarter.

Bluejacket (11-10) couldn’t hang with the offensive firepower of its opponent.

Jennings had 22 points and Boynton had 20 while Damon Caine added 11.

“Bluejacket is a scrappy team,” Coyle coach Josh Sumrall said. “Our offense was consistent all night. They got back into the game at the end, but we tightened our belt to pull away.”

Coyle advances to the district championship at 8 p.m. Saturday against the host Covington-Douglas. Both teams automatically advance to the regional tournament.


Crescent pummels Morrison boys

Morrison couldn’t get out of first gear in its 62-41 road loss to Crescent on Friday.

The Wildcats (8-13) scored double-digit points in only one quarter, while allowing Crescent to do so in every quarter.

Morrison’s Braden Bales led with 16 points, and Douglas Harshbarger had 6.

Crescent (7-16) had four scorers put up 10 or more points.

“We were kicked from the get-go,” Morrison coach Cory Bales said. “It was the second-straight game where we were not good at rebounding and we couldn’t get anything going offensively. It was one of those nights. Hopefully this game gets us in the right frame of mind.”

Morrison plays again in its regular season finale Monday at Pioneer-Pleasant Vale.


Perry boys get another victory

It was another good night for Perry in its 56-48 road victory against Jones on Friday.

Mason Drake put on another stellar game, posting 19 points, while Jace Goldsberry had 16.

The Class 3A No. 8 Maroons (19-3) scored at least 11 points in every quarter and led at every moment of the game.

“We handled a bit of adversity as it was a physical game,” Perry coach Brandon Hight said. “We could never quite pull away, but we executed well on the road coming off some days off from school. We’ll just keep trying to get better going into the playoffs.”

Perry plays its regular season finale Monday at Blackwell.