LOCUST GROVE, OK —
The Locust Grove Lady Pirates improved to 2-0 Tuesday night after a 58-55 come-from-behind win over Keys.
Locust Grove played a sloppy first half and looked to be on their way to a loss with a 10-point deficit (32-22) at the break.
The Lady Pirates didn’t pick up a lead until under a minute was left in the third period, when junior Madison Davis scored five points in 15 seconds. Keys fought back and grasped a one-point lead headed into the final period. After LG sophomore Karson Maple made a big 3 to start the final frame, the Lady Pirates went on a 5-0 run to recapture the lead and held on to it until the buzzer sounded.
“We didn’t have our 'A' game tonight, but we made a few adjustments and the kids came out second half and kind of picked it up,” LG head coach Justin Brown said.
LG senior Sydnie Pierce helped give her team momentum after taking two big charges in the third period. Pierce’s first charge was a major swing in momentum when Keys senior Sydni Rainbolt received a technical foul after slamming the ball down in disgust. LG senior Bailey Holman nailed both free throws to make the score 34-29 in Keys' favor.
Free throws may have been the difference for Locust Grove who shot 73 percent from the line compared to Keys’ 57 percent. Davis was perfect from the line with seven attempts and Holman made her first seven attempts, ending the night 9-of-11.
“Free throws win games,” Brown said. “If we can stay around 75 percent as a team, that’s pretty good.”
Davis led all scorers with 17 points and Holman accounted for 14. Pierce also scored nine points. Senior Ali Nolan led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 15 points. Junior Chloe Sheffield posted 11.
Locust Grove will host its third-straight home game Thursday night against rival Salina. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m.
Pirates cruise past Cougars
LOCUST GROVE — The Locust Grove boys crushed Keys Tuesday night 83-41 at Pirate Arena to improve to 2-0.
The Pirates, ranked No. 14 in Class 4A, came out strong and led 20-7 when the first period ended to help seal an easy victory early.
“We play a lot of young kids and I thought tonight we stepped up and played like we’re capable of playing,” LG head coach Ronnie Maple said. "I thought we shot the ball like we’re capable of shooting. We still have a couple of guys who are trying to get themselves going a little bit, but for the most part I thought our kids stepped up, made good shots, attacked the rim. We really did a good job of moving the basketball tonight and finding the open shooters whether it be posts or whether it be guards, I thought we did an excellent job at moving the basketball and taking care of what we’re supposed to do."
Ten different players put points on the board for the Pirates. Juniors Tyler Rowland and Colton Pike shared the title of leading scorer with 15 points apiece. Sophomore Mason Fine scored 14 and sophomore Jason Pirtle poured in nine.
Senior Chris Stayathome led the Cougars with 13 points and junior Colton Cox scored 11.