David Reeder

With an eye toward redemption from their respective losses on Monday and Tuesday, eight teams hooked it up Wednesday night in the consolation round of the Tri-State Classic at Bulldog Arena.

In the first tilt of the day, the junior varsity girls from Jay took on Westville and the visiting Lady Yellowjackets jumped on their hostesses with back-to-back 14-point quarters. 

Scoring only six and seven respectively in the first and second stanzas, the Lady Bulldogs found themselves trailing 28-13 at the half. 

Jay made a significant run at their opponents, scoring 11 and holding Westville to four in the third.  Using a pair of three pointers by team high scorer Laura Tanner to go with a deuce and a trey by Chrissy Sherwood, the Lady Bulldogs pulled within four of their guests. 

But the fourth quarter would prove to be all Westville, as they scored 17 points, while holding Jay to a half dozen.

The Jackets junior post player Brianna Wilson led all scorers with 14 points in the 49-30 final.

The next game featured Colcord and the Grove junior varsity boys.  And with seven points by Josh Harjo, the Ridgerunners jumped to an early 11-2 lead. 

But a pair of late Canaan Sherrell free throws and a Joe Morris basket drew the Hornets to within five. 

Trailing 11-6, the Hornet offense suddenly caught fire in the second period.  Sherrell put in back to back treys to go with six more points by Morris on the way to a 21-point quarter and a 27-19 lead at the break.

In the third the Grove defense limited Colcord to a dozen points, but; the Hornet defense forced six turnovers and held the Runners to five by Chase Hilton and three from Buck Maples. 

The fourth belonged almost exclusively to Kenzie Witt who exploded for 20 of his game high 28 points, to go with two blocked shots and four rebounds.  Morris chipped in half of his game’s 16, to finish off Grove, 62-44.

In the third match of Wednesday’s card, the Colcord Lady Hornets challenged Glenpool for the right to play Westville in Friday’s consolation finals. 

Taking excellent care of the ball, four Lady Hornets teamed up to put nine on the scoreboard, while holding the Lady Warriors to eight. 

Colcord’s offense was able to add to their lead thanks to Kristi Scraper’s second trey, Sammi Jo Place’s four points and three from Tinelle Williams.  Turning the ball over six times Glenpool had another eight point quarter.

Leading 20-16 to start the second half, the Lady Hornets struggled offensively shooting 2 of 15 from the floor and 3 of 6 free throws for only six points. 

Conversely, the Lady Warriors drubbed Colcord on the boards 12-2 and scored a dozen to take their first lead of the game. 

Alena Sanders broke loose for 14 of her game high 17 points in the final frame, but the red hot Lady Warriors shot 6 of 10 from the floor and an incredible 15 of 16 from the charity stripe, to hold off Colcord to the tune of a 55-46 final score.

The Kansas Comets tangled with the Locust Grove J.V. in Wednesday’s final matchup.

And in the first chapter, the Comets dug themselves an early hole by turning the ball over six times and scoring on only a pair of Ethan Fausett field goals and two Corey Cowan free throws.

In the meantime, seven Pirates got in the scorebook for a total of 17 points.  Taking much better care of the ball on offense and forcing Locust Grove to mishandle the ball five times on defense, Kansas got back on track.  Tyler Lankston scored seven of his team high 11 points to pace the Comet’ s 13 point second period.

Trailing by five to start the third, it appeared that Kansas was going to chip away at the Pirate lead.  This time, Wade Lewis anchored the Comet offense by putting in six to go with four more from Lankston for the bulk of the period‘s dozen. 

But a late three by Locust Grove gave them a 35-31 edge with a quarter to play. 

A great effort by Kansas‘s Cowan , who scored seven in the fourth, allowed the Comets to tie the game at 37 with 3:11 to play. And after trading baskets the squads knotted at 41. But, the Pirates got six from Josh Crittenden and four each from Jerad Haag and Justin Wallace to stave off the Comet comeback and winning 49-41.