The Pryor Times

January 11, 2014

LGI Semis: Pirates, Cardinals into final

The Pryor Times

LOCUST GROVE, OK — Locust Grove sophomores Zack Robinson and Mason Fine helped lead Locust Grove to a 66-36 victory over county foe Chouteau to clinch a spot in the Bank of Locust Grove Invitational championship game.

Robinson and Fine led all scorers with 17 points apiece. Robinson did most of his damage by driving inside, while Fine hit four shots from downtown.

Chouteau junior Trenton Pierce returned to Locust Grove to play his former team for the first time Friday. Pierce found himself in early foul trouble, which resulted in a cold first half, but ended his night with seven points. Freshman Champ Bridges led the Wildcats with nine points and Isaac Carter put up eight.

Chouteau (6-3) will play Cascia Hall Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in a battle for third place. The Pirates (6-1) will try to snare their own tournament’s title Saturday at 8:30 p.m. against Class 3A No. 3 Verdigris.

Note: Report compiled by Dekota Gregory.

Lady Pirates blast Cascia, eye Verdigris

LOCUST GROVE — The Locust Grove Lady Pirates jolted into the Locust Grove Invitational championship, handling Cascia Hall 69-55 in a tournament semifinal Friday.

Junior Madison Davis took the spotlight with 24 points to lead all scorers. Davis also pulled in six rebounds and blocked two shots. Kennedy Sokoloski scored 15 points and Bailey Holman racked up 11.

Cascia Hall’s Kennedy Cox led the Lady Commandoes with 17 points.

The Lady Pirates (6-1) will join their male counterparts in eyeing a Bank of Locust Grove Invitational title Saturday night, but both will face a stiff opponent in Verdigris. The Class 4A No. 10 Lady Pirates and Class 3A No. 3 Lady Cardinals will square off at 7 p.m.

Note: Report compiled by Dekota Gregory.

Verdigris edges Salina for title berth

LOCUST GROVE — Salina’s Lady Wildcats came up just short of a Bank of Locust Grove Invitational championship appearance, falling to Class 3A No. 3 Verdigris 69-59 in a semifinal Friday.

Salina (3-5) never led in the contest, but managed to keep pace with the Lady Cardinals and were down five points with as little as a minute to play.

Courtney Condit led the Lady Wildcats with 26 points and Morgan Littlefield posted 13. Verdigris’ Baileigh O’Dell stole the show with 27 points, including 19 in the first half.

Salina freshman point guard Shaylee Morgan saw her first action of the year after sitting out the early part of the season with an injury. She scored nine points.

Salina will get a shot at third place Saturday at 4 p.m. against Cascia Hall.

Note: Report compiled by Dekota Gregory and Chuck Porter.

Rainbolt, Keys outmuscle Chouteau

LOCUST GROVE — The Keys Lady Cougars used 17 points from Sydni Rainbolt to blow open a close game after halftime and trip Chouteau, 54-37, in a consolation semifinal Friday at the Bank of Locust Grove Invitational.

Chouteau (1-8) trailed 25-23 at the half and led 27-26 early in the third quarter before Rainbolt and Jaylee Young (13 points) fueled a huge run. Keys ended the game on a 28-10 spurt and led by as many as 21 points in the second half.

The Ladycats’ Allison Grossman led all scorers with 19 points. Teammate Karlee Alberty added 10 points.

Keys was forced to forfeit its first-round game against Salina due to a weather-related school closure. The Lady Cougars advance to play the Fort Gibson junior varsity for the consolation title Saturday at      1 p.m.

Chouteau falls into a seventh-place rematch vs. Westville. The Lady Yellowjackets defeated Chouteau in a seventh-place game at the Adair Invitational Tournament in December. The Ladycats and Lady Yellowjackets are slated to tip off at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter.

Westville forced to forfeit

LOCUST GROVE — The Salina boys advanced to Saturday’s Bank of Locust Grove Invitational consolation title game by virtue of a Westville forfeit Friday.

According to Ronnie Maple, Locust Grove boys head coach and tournament organizer, the Westville club was forced to forfeit after suspending the majority of the team for violating school rules. The Yellowjackets were not left with enough players to travel.

It was the third forfeit of the plagued tournament, which saw two first-round games canceled for weather considerations.

Salina will play Keys, which knocked off the Fort Gibson JV 60-38 in Friday’s other consolation semifinal, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to close its tournament run.

In other second-round action Friday, the Fort Gibson junior varsity girls earned a berth in the consolation title game by edging Westville, 39-32.

Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter.