Grove has found their groove, winning two games in a row.
The Ridgerunners have struggled this season finding a cohesiveness that will result in wins. However Grove head coach Zach Trimble has found a way to bring home the W. Grove defeated Dewey JV on Monday, January 16, and Glenpool on Tuesday, January 17.
Grove 35, Glenpool 24
Momentum was hard for both teams during the game. Grove scored nine points in the first quarter, taking the early lead over Glenpool, who scored six.
The second quarter had the exact same amount of points scored by both teams. Grove led Glenpool 18-12 going into halftime.
The third quarter was the lowest scoring quarter for both teams. The Ridgerunners scored eight while the Warriors scored two. Grove led 26-14 going into the fourth.
In the final quarter, the Warriors kicked it up a notch, finally outscoring the Ridgerunners in a quarter, with ten points. Grove scored nine to make the final score 35-24.
Grove’s scoring was led by senior Dillan Miller who had 20. Senior Tommy Horton had seven and senior Brady Phillips had four.
For the Warriors, Tony Phillips and Ian O’Guin each had eight points. Derek Hill and Camryn McCall both had four each.
Grove is competing in the Dewey Tournament. On Monday, January 16, the Ridgerunners defeated Dewey JV 70-24 to move into the winner’s side of the bracket. On Thursday, January 19, Grove faced Daniel Webster in the semi-finals. The game was a re-match of 2015’s championship game, where Grove fell to Webster 58-57.
Webster was 4-11 going into the game, having beaten Vinita 60-54. Despite their record, the Webster Warriors are a force to contend with. The team is led by 6-5 junior guard David Ward who has scored around the 300 point mark this season. Ward is joined by fellow juniors Tyrin Jefferson (6-3, guard), Jordan Alexander (6-2, guard), Virgil Davis (5-10, guard) and Isaiah Hodges (6-1, forward). Also on the floor is Marquante Thomas, a 5-8 sophomore guard.
If Grove defeats Webster, then the Ridgerunners will play in the championship game against the winner of the Dewey v. Cleveland game. The championship game will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21.
Should Grove lose, they will face the loser of the Dewey v. Cleveland game at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, for third place.