David Reeder


After falling in Tuesday’s opening round, both the Colcord boys’ and girls’ teams posted quality wins against quality opponents in the 2nd round of play of the 2nd Annual Locust Grove Invitational Basketball Tournament, on Friday.

In the boys’ game, the Hornets tangled with the Catoosa Indians. And in the opening period, Colcord worked their way around 11 turnovers by dominating the boards.

The Hornet’s Kenzie Witt scored 5 of his game high 24 points, while hauling in 3 rebounds and blocking a pair shots. But Catoosa’ s Brett Good scored 8 of the Indian’s dozen to take an early 12-10 lead.

After knocking down 3 of their first 4 shots in the 2nd, the Indians suddenly found themselves metaphorically under the wheels of the Colcord bus. Witt broke lose with 8 more points before Joe Morris buried a trey to tie up the affair. And with under a minute and a half in the 2nd remaining to play, Witt gave the Hornets the lead and all the momentum with his 10th point, via a thunderous dunk.

Down 27-25 to start the 3rd, the Indians were eventually able to tie things up at 36 each by hitting their first 6 tries from the floor.

But Morris and Witt, with 7 and 5 points, respectively, anchored a late quarter rally that gave the Hornets a 45-39 lead with a quarter to play.

In the final period, Good put in a pair of treys to go with 2 buckets by Trevor Nienhuis for the lion’s share of the Indian’s 12 point total. But Colcord’s Kylan Canoe broke loose with 5 buckets in the last 8 minutes to seal Catoosa’s 63-51 fate.

In the subsequent contest, the Colcord girls took on the Lady Cardinals of Collinsville. Anyone that has seen the Lady Hornets in the past few games can bear witness to the fact that they are a team that is coming in to itself. And that fact was further driven home by their performance Friday evening.

Junior Alena Sanders anchored Colcord’s 1st quarter offense by scoring 7 of her team high 17. And led by senior Tinelle Williams the Lady Hornets doubled up the Redbirds on the boards to hold them to a dozen.

In the 2nd, Collinsville’s 6-0, senior post, Kelsi West knocked down 8 of her game high 22 points to go with 5 from junior guard, Brandi Green, for most of their 19 points. Colcord’s 8 turnovers trumped their 5 of 14 shooting and 9-4 rebound advantage, giving the Lady Cardinals a 31-30 halftime lead.

Following the break, the Lady Hornets took control of things by hitting 7 of their first 8 shots from the field. Thanks to 5 each from Sanders and Williams, to go with 4 from Magen Wheeler, Colcord put up 18 points, while holding Collinsville to a single bucket and a pair of free throws.

Leading by a baker’s dozen, the Lady Hornets turned the ball over 7 times, to make things interesting. West was able to put in 11 of her team’s 16 points in the 4th. But Colcord’s Sammi Jo Place, with 4 points, joined 5 of her teammates in scoring 12 and fending off their opponents for the definitive 9-point, 60-51 victory.


On the final day of action at the 2nd Annual Locust Grove Invitational the Colcord girls survived a minor scare by Salina while their male counterparts fell way behind Westville early, only to fall a little bit short of a miraculous comeback, late.

In the lady’s contest, Colcord dominated the defensive boards and with 4 each from Sammi Jo Place and Tinelle Williams, they jumped to an 8-0 start in the opening 5 minutes of play.

And despite their inability to score in the final 3 minutes of the opening quarter, the Lady Hornet defense pitched a shutout. It would be until the 6:09 point of the next frame before the Lady Wildcats would finally get on the scoreboard, when Whitley Gann put in a pair of free throws.

Gann added 4 more in the quarter and was joined by a pair of teammates to score 15. This time, Alena Sanders and Courtney Nichols put in 4 each, for half of Colcord’s 16, giving the Lady Hornets a 24-15 halftime lead.

In the 3rd chapter, Colcord’s defense only allowed their opponents on 9 points, but; turning the ball over 8 times, the Lady Hornets struggled to get 8 on the scoreboard.

And on the heels of Salina senior Sam Laconsello’s 3-point shot the Lady Wildcats were able to draw within 4 points. But late buckets from Place and Williams, in the 3rd, kept Salina at arm’s length, 32-24 with a period left to play.

In the 4th, it was a half dozen more turnovers to go with 10 of 20 shooting from the free throw line by Colcord that allowed Salina to pull within 3 of the Lady Hornets, 49-46 with a half minute to play. But Nichols and Sanders hit their free throws when it mattered most, where, in addition to Felicia Wilson’s trey, the Lady Hornets were able to hold off the Lady Wildcats, 52-48.

After knocking down their first 2 shots from the floor in the opening quarter, the Colcord boys turned the ball over 5 times and got beat on the boards to the tune of 8-2. And as a result the Westville Yellowjackets, anchored by 7 each from Chandler Smith and Cody Young to go with a half dozen by Noah Wright leapfrogged to an early 25-10 lead over the Hornets.

With Chris Van Dyke leading the way with 7 points and a pair of rebounds to go with 3 each from Kenzie Witt and Canaan Sherrell, Colcord put 13 on the scoreboard. Shooting only 4 of 12 from the floor, Westville managed to still score 11 for a double-digit lead at the break.

Pacing the Hornet 3rd with 7 points, Sherrell scored half of his team’s 14 period points, that saw Colcord cut a little into the Yellowjacket margin. But Westville’s Smith put in 5, together with another 4 from Young that added to their lead.

Down 51-37 to start the 4th, the Hornet offense went on a rampage. While Witt hauled in 4 more boards, Joe Morris buried a pair of 3-pointers and 3 free throws. With 5 points from Kylan Canoe and 4 by Van Dyke the Hornets pulled to within 3 of the once insurmountable lead.

But with a tie game only a shot away, the Hornets came up empty on back to back trips down the court. Westville’s Kyle Langley picked up a bucket and 4 free throws to ramrod just enough offense to hold off the Hornets 64-60.

Colcord’s Van Dyke and the ‘Jacket’s Smith shared game high scoring honors with 18 each.