TULSA – A furious rally in the final three minutes wasn’t enough for the Ketchum Lady Warriors to overcome a 13-point deficit in a 60-55 loss to Class 6A Sapulpa in the first round of the 49th annual Tournament of Champions Thursday at ORU’s Mabee Center.
The Lady Warriors (6-1) dropped into the consolation bracket with the loss, and will face 4A Weatherford at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Weatherford lost to Adair 68-54 on Thursday.
Kelsey Byrd led Ketchum with 23 points, but the Lady Warriors fell behind early with turnovers, poor shooting, foul trouble and rebounding all contributing factors. Sapulpa point guard Brice Calip had 9 of her 23 points in the first quarter as the Lady Chieftains (3-1) took a 14-9 lead. The lead hit double digits after a 10-3 run over the middle portion of the second quarter as Sapulpa led 30-17 at the half.
Not only was Ketchum outrebounded 21-15 in the first half and 44-32 for the game, but senior point guard Miranda Griffin picked up her third foul early in the second quarter then picked up her fourth with 4:24 left to go until halftime.
In her absence, the Lady Warrior offense largely sputtered, and Sapulpa led 36-21 with five minutes left in the third quarter. Back-to-back threes by Byrd and Jo-Lynne Fairchild cut the lead to 9, but a late flurry by the Lady Chieftains, including a three at the buzzer by Courtney Dansby, made it 48-33 going into the fourth.
Calip had 8 points in the third and Sapulpa was cruising comfortably with just over three minutes to play when the Lady Warriors suddenly caught fire, going on an 11-2 run to make it 54-50 with just over a minute to play.
But Calip would sink four straight free throws and, despite 9 fourth quarter points from Bailey Pendley, the Lady Warriors would fall short. Calip finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Sapulpa, with Keyshea Streater adding 12 and 9.
Pendley finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds, with Fairchild adding 9 points. Griffin finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Sapulpa made 11-of-12 free throws in the second half, helping the Lady Chieftains overcome 12 second half turnovers. Sapulpa will play Adair in the semifinals on Friday.
Union 83, Ketchum 46 (boys)
Despite 30 points from Tanner Mouse, the Class 6A No. 1 Redskins were clearly the better team, leading wire-to-wire in the first round of the T.O.C. on Thursday.
The Redskins (2-0) came out firing, hitting a trio of three-pointers and taking advantage of six Warrior turnovers to build a 24-8 lead after the first quarter.
Mouse had 13 points in the second quarter, keeping the deficit from getting any larger. The Warriors (5-2) also took better care of the ball, turning it over five times total in the second and third quarters.
Mouse would score 11 more in the third and Tristan Pendley added 5 of his 13 as the Warriors got as close as 12 and trailed 57-42 at the end of the third quarter. The Redskins then launched a 14-0 run over the first half of the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Shawn Olden led Union with 18 points, one of four Redskins in double figures. Union made 10 3-pointers on the night, and will face Victory Christian in Friday’s semifinals.
The Warriors will meet Weleetka, who lost 51-38 to Victory, in the consolation bracket at noon Friday.