The Pryor Times

December 14, 2013

AIT Saturday Wrapup: Adair girls win sixth-straight title

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

ADAIR, OK — Keni Lippe and Kylie Looney each netted 19 points as Adair cruised past Jay 64-46 to win the Adair Invitational Tournament Saturday.

The win marks the sixth straight AIT championship for the Adair girls. The last time a team other than the Lady Warriors hoisted the title trophy (2007), it was because Adair didn't participate in the tournament due to its inclusion in the Tournament of Champions.

The Lady Warriors will take part in that tournament again this season, from Dec. 26-28 at Tulsa's Mabee Center.

Adair (3-0) relied on a strong inside presence from the 5-foot-9 freshman Lippe (eight rebounds) and Molly Kerr (12 points, seven rebounds) and Looney's slashing ability to grow its lead incrementally. At one point in the third quarter, the Lady Warriors led by 21, and head coach Scott Winfield began to bring in his reserves.

Adrianna Cornell led Jay with 15 points off the bench. Starters Baylee Tanner (eight points) and Mason Jeffries (seven points) also contributed.

Jay foils Adair, claims crown

ADAIR — Jay held off a furious Adair rally to drop the Warriors, 75-70, and snare the Adair Invitational championship Saturday behind 26 points from Jordan Sweeney.

Adair cut a 16-point lead to three (73-70) with 15.4 seconds to play. However, Sweeney's last bucket — a layup from a full-court inbounds pass — gave Jay the final margin.

Adair (2-1) led 16-13 after one quarter, but the Bulldogs went on a 16-2 run to start the second. A Brock Martin 3-pointer started a 12-4 Adair run that cut the deficit to three (33-30), but Jay's Will Robertson drained a trey at the buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 36-30 halftime lead.

The Warriors' BJ Bradbury was 11-14 from the field and matched Sweeney's 26 points but fouled out late in the contest. He had to switch jerseys mid-game after his No. 15 was stained with blood. He wore No. 33 for the remainder of the night.

Adair stormed back in the fourth quarter thanks to a barrage of 3-pointers from Greg Oxford, Jereme McCollum, Taylor Gilmer and Bradbury, but ran out of gas after Sweeney's late bucket.

Taylor Foster and Kyle Barker each netted 14 points for Jay.

Martin supplied 11 points off of the bench for Adair. McCollum added 14. Bradbury collected a game-high nine rebounds.

Salina boys chomp Colcord for consolation title

ADAIR — Salina senior guard Caleb Backward torched Colcord for 24 points to lead the ‘Cats to an Adair Invitational consolation title with a 61-45 win over the Hornets Saturday.

Colton Burgess added 16 points for Salina (2-2), which bounced back from an 80-72 overtime loss to Claremore Sequoyah in the tournament’s first round to claim fifth place with two straight victories.

The ‘Cats led 17-8 after one quarter and never looked back, extending their lead to as many as 18 in the second half.

Coby Backward pitched in seven points for Salina. Mark Cowan supplied six.

Colcord holds off Salina for third place

ADAIR — Colcord held off a late charge by Salina, outlasting the Lady Wildcats 50-47 to claim third place at the Adair Invitational Saturday.

Salina’s Courtney Condit racked up 17 points but her potential game-tying trey was short at the buzzer.

Salina (2-2) managed just two points in the first quarter but exploded for 18 in the second to knot the contest at 20 heading into the locker room. The teams traded the lead back and forth through the final frame, and neither team pushed its lead past five down the stretch.

Cassi Barry, Many McCarter and Kaisee Moore each pitched in eight points for the Lady Wildcats.

Chouteau splits with Westville

ADAIR — The Chouteau boys overcame Westville Saturday afternoon to claim seventh place in the Adair Invitational Tournament.

Chouteau's girls could not get past the Lady Yellowjackets, dropping a 67-54 decision.

The loss is the Ladycats' fourth in a row, dropping their record to 1-4.

The Chouteau boys improved to 3-2 with the win.