Action got under way in the Annual Tri-State Classic Basketball Tournament Monday night at Bulldog Arena.
In the opening contest Neosho’s Lorelei Snow burned the Glenpool Lady Warriors to the tune of 20 points to ramrod the Lady Wildcats 24 point, 58-34 victory.
In game two the hostess team Jay took on cross county rival Colcord. After eight ties to go with 15 lead changes, the Lady Bulldogs, led by Sam Robertson’s game high 23 points, prevailed over the Lady Hornets.
In the opening quarter Colcord’s Alena Sanders buried a pair of 3-pointers for six of her team high 19. But Jay’s Robertson and Ashley Shrum put in four each to tie things at 10.
Knocking down their first three shots from the floor in the second segment the Lady Hornets, anchored by a pair of Tinelle Williams buckets, put up eight more before the break. But Robertson buried six, to go with a Kaiti Wheeler deuce, for an 18-18 halftime tie.
In the third Colcord’s Sanders erupted for three treys and a pair of field goals for 13 of the Hornets’ 15 points.
Hitting on only three of their first 13 attempts from the floor, the Lady Bulldogs fell behind by as many as five points. But a late surge, led by five more from Robertson, got the Jay girls to within two, 33-31, with a quarter left to play.
In the final frame Robertson connected on four more baskets, which with another two by Shrum and three of four free throws by Megan Ritter saw Jay score a baker’s dozen.
After tying things up at 37, the Lady Hornets were unable to completely answer the Jay challenge, struggling to put up only seven and falling by four, in the 44-40 final.
In the final game of the evening’s card, the Colcord boys tangled with Glenpool.
In the opening period four Warriors combined for 11 points. But a pair of blocked shots by Kenzie Witt, to go with a deuce and a trey by Canaan Sherrell paced the Hornets’ early 12-11 edge.
Despite going 0 for seven from beyond the three point arc, the Warriors were able shoot six of nine from within, while beating the Hornets on the boards 8-3 and doubling them up on the scoreboard, 14-7, in the subsequent quarter.
Trailing by six to start the second half, Colcord managed to cut into the Glenpool lead thanks to Witt’s eight of his team high 15 points.
Shooting only three of 13 from the field the Warriors let Colcord pull within two, 34-32. But in the final period, Glenpool shot 11 of 17 from the free throw line and 7 of 14 from the floor to score 27 points. And despite five more from Witt as well as Chris Van Dyke, Colcord could only manage 20 of their own, to fall 61-52.