AFTON - It was sweet revenge for the Colcord girls in Saturday night's final at Afton's Coca-Cola Classic as the Lady Hornets dominated third-ranked Oklahoma Union by a decisive 56-38 score.
After all, it was Oklahoma Union that bested them in the finals in 2010 and also ended their season in the area consolation in March at Coweta.
And while the Colcord ladies picked up their first championship since 1996, the Kansas boys secured their second title in as many years with a 25-point pasting of Quapaw.
The Lady Hornets burned up the silk in the opening minutes of their contest, by knocking down seven of their first seven two-point tries, while missing on only a pair of attempts from outside the arc. Senior Shelley Swicegood, who would eventually be named the tournament's MVP, poured in four buckets and a free throw for nine of her team-high 19 points.
In the second frame, the Lady Hornet defense took over where their offense had left off. Forcing a half dozen turnovers and the Lady Cougars' fourth time out of the first half, Colcord put their opposition to the mat and never let them back up.
The Lady Hornets put the ball up only seven times in the second, but connected on six of them. Their only miss from the field was another 3-point attempt.
And while Colcord was lighting up the scoreboard from the paint, their defense held Oklahoma Union to only four unsuccessful shots from the floor and 1-of-2 free throws for a disastrous one-point quarter. Colcord's Kindle Spry scored five of her 13 points, while the rest of the Hornet starters scored a bucket apiece, for a 20-point halftime lead.
Following the break, the Lady Cougars went on a 6-2 run over the opening four minutes of the 3rd. But on the heels of their game's only timeout, Colcord went back to work on their beatdown.
Using a clock-eating spread offense, the Lady Hornets went on another scoring tear. Led by six and five points from Spry and Swicegood, respectively, the Hornets went on a 7-of-8 tear from the floor. With time running out in the third, Jordan Pike stroked a 3-pointer, to go with her game's sixth and seventh boards, that stretched her teams lead to 26 points.
The Colcord bench took over for the bulk of the fourth against most of the Oklahoma Union starters. With nine in the third and eight points in the fourth, the Cougars' Sunny Smart scored most of her game-high 21 on the way to their second loss of the season by a score of 56-38.
Kansas 55, Quapaw 30
Don't look now, but the Kansas Comet boys are 6-1 on the current season and if Saturday night's dismantling of Quapaw was any indicator, things are just now starting to get real interesting.
After exchanging the lead in the early going, the Comets took an 8-6 lead on the first bucket by Corey Cowan, for the first of his game-high 19 points. The gifted senior also hauled in four of his dozen boards in the first quarter, on the way to the game's only double-double.
Johnny Lewis and Casey Armbrister scored four and three points, respectively, as the Comets took a 15-6 lead. Three Wildcats chipped in a bucket apiece to go down by 9.
The second stanza was more of the same. While they continued to dominate the Warriors on the boards, the Kansas defense allowed just eight shots from the floor, and only one of those attempts was successful. Shooting 1-of-2 free throws, Quapaw could only manage three points over the entire second period.
While the Comet defense stymied the ‘Cats, Cowan scored another half dozen, to go with five by Austin Catcher and a Brett Odle deuce.
Down 28-9 to start the second half, Quapaw was going to need a big effort to get back in to the thick of things.
To that end, the Wildcats' big center, Greyson Williams, score eight of his team-high 11, and by the midway point of the quarter, Quapaw had pulled within 15.
But anchored by five more by Cowan, to go with three rebounds and a steal by Armbrister, the Comets never allowed Quapaw to get any closer.
With a 17-point lead to start the final chapter, the Comets got eight points from Brody Kendrick before going to their bench wholesale. Kansas held the Wildcats to another single digit scoring effort in the fourth to run off with the championship by 55-30 final score to capture the Afton title for the second straight year.
In addition to being the game, team and tournament high scorer, Cowan was named MVP of the week-long affair.