LOCUST GROVE, OK —
The Locust Grove Lady Pirates jump-started their season Saturday night with a 53-50 upset over 4A’s 12th-ranked Hilldale at home.
“It was a big win, they’re a really good team. I think the girls understand that they’re capable of beating anybody and playing with anybody. To start off the season 1-0 anytime, regardless of who you play is good, but to beat somebody that is good and is respected like that is even better,” LG head coach Justin Brown said.
Locust Grove (1-0) trailed 8-5 after the first period in a defensive battle, but both teams got their offenses going in the second period. Senior guard Bailey Holman was the reason behind Locust Grove’s offensive success after the first period. Holman missed her first shot of the game from beyond the arc, but was nearly perfect after, draining her next four 3s. Holman was the leading scorer at the half with 14 points and ended the night with 17.
After a cold second half, Holman hit what would be the game-winning 3 from the corner to put the Lady Pirates up 51-50 with 1:11 to play. The Locust Grove defense kept the Lady Hornets away from the net and senior point guard Sydnie Pierce made a wide-open layup to secure the win.
Juniors Madison Davis and Kennedy Sokoloski ended their nights with 11 points apiece. Pierce scored nine, but did the majority of her work on the defensive end. The captain managed six steals to help make up for the team’s 20 turnovers.
The Lady Pirates will look to start the season 2-0 tonight at home against Keys. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m.
Pirates sting Hornets, 50-43
LOCUST GROVE — The 4A No. 11 Locust Grove boys escaped a near-upset Saturday night and pulled off a 50-43 victory over Hilldale to begin their season.
The Pirates (1-0) trailed 21-17 heading into the locker room and spent the majority of the game chasing after a lead.
The Pirates jumped ahead 32-31 with under four minutes left in the game thanks to a pair of free throws from sophomore Jason Pirtle. Locust maintained the lead for the rest of the game and sophomore Zach Robinson helped put the game out of reach with back-to-back fourth quarter treys.
“Bittersweet,” LG head coach Ronnie Maple said about coming away with a victory. “We didn’t play very well. I thought offensively we did too much not moving without the ball and just didn’t play very well for three quarters. In the fourth quarter I thought we did a pretty good job of moving and getting open shots and shooting the ball and making free throws.”
The Pirates shot 4-for-14 from the line in the first three periods, but went 7-for-8 in the fourth to end the night 50-percent from the stripe.
Junior center Colton Pike and sophomore guard Mason Fine helped lead the team with 13 points apiece. Junior Tyler Rowland ended with 10 points after scoring six in the first period.