Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

COWETA – A technical foul on Commerce coach Jerry Myers turned into a six-point possession that helped propel the Colcord Lady Hornets to a 45-38 win in the first round of Area Consolation play yesterday at Coweta High School. The Lady Hornets (11-9) had led for much of the game, including by as much as nine in the third quarter, but the Lady Tigers surged to within two at the end of the third and had taken a 33-32 lead when Myers was called for the first of his two technicals after Colcord’s Courtney Nichols had scored and was fouled. Nichols would make her free throw to complete the three point play. Jordan Pike would make one of the two technical free throws and then scored two more on the subsequent possession to make the score 38-33 with just over six minutes remaining. Commerce would not get any closer than five and Myers would be ejected with 22 seconds left in the game. The Lady Hornets moved on by forcing turnovers, including 10 in the first quarter and 15 in the first half, as they took a 16-14 halftime lead. Colcord would lead by as much as nine on two different occasions in the third period, before an 8-0 Commerce run got the Lady Tigers (20-5) back in the game. Commerce was carried offensively by post player Mandy Watson and guard Johna Sharp, who combined for 32 points. Brooklyn Prater led the Lady Hornets with nine points. Kindle Spry added eight points and eight rebounds.   Oklahoma Union 50, Ketchum 48 (girls) The Ketchum Lady Warriors fell behind in the second quarter and could never quite catch up. Oklahoma Union’s Sunny Smart scored 10 points in the second quarter, including eight during a 14-2 second quarter run, as the Lady Cougars (22-1) turned the tables on the Lady Warriors. Ketchum dominated the first quarter, giving the Lady Cougars fits with their extended two-three zone that forced eight turnovers and propelled the Lady Warriors to a 17-9 lead. But Smart would lead Oklahoma Union to a 27-22 halftime lead with her scoring outburst. The Lady Cougars Cheyenne Potts and Hannah Thomas made sure they stayed in front in the second half. Thomas scored nine points in the second half and Potts scored nine in the fourth quarter alone, holding off several Ketchum runs. Oklahoma Union led 38-31 at the end of the third and led by nine early in the fourth, but the Lady Warriors (21-5) would score five straight to get back in the game. A banked three by Miranda Griffin, who led Ketchum with 17 points, got the Lady Warriors to 42-39 midway through the final period. Ketchum would cut the score to 46-43 with two minutes left, but missed two consecutive shots at tying the score. The Lady Cougars would make four straight free throws in the final minute to seal the win. The story of the game was at the free throw line, where the Lady Warriors were 1-of-11, while the Lady Cougars made 14-of-17. Kelsy Byrd had 13 points for Ketchum. Smart finished with 18 to lead Oklahoma Union, while Thomas had 15 and Pitts finished with 11. The Lady Cougars will play Colcord at 1:30 today in the Area Consolation semifinals.   Haskell 55, Fairland 47 The Haymakers’ speed made all the difference in ending the Owls’ season Thursday night. Despite a monster night from post player Jesse Drosche, Fairland could not overcome 25 turnovers in falling to the Haymakers. Drosche had 27 points and 22 rebounds, but the Haymakers held off Fairland by repeatedly converting turnovers into fast break layups. Jordan Alexander led the Owls out of the gate with eight first quarter points; including consecutive threes to start the game as Fairland (14-10) took a 16-14 lead at the end of the opening period. But Haskell (16-8) would force nine turnovers in the quarter as they outscored the Owls 17-7 to take a 31-23 halftime lead. The Haymakers would lead by as much as 10 in the third quarter, despite seven points and six rebounds for Drosche in the period. A three by Jacob Bryant would cut the lead to 39-33 at the end of the quarter. Drosche would score 10 more points and grab eight more rebounds in the fourth, but Fairland could get no closer than six the rest of the game.

Jeffrey Hull led the Haymakers with 14 points, while freshman guard Alex Wheeland added 12. Haskell will play Porter today at 3 p.m. in the Area Consolation semifinals.