The Pryor Times

January 20, 2014

Chouteau holds off No. 14 Adair

Kenny Bowyer
Times Correspondent

CHOUTEAU, OK — Last season, when the Chouteau Wildcats marched into the semifinals of the 2A state tournament, the term “upset nation” was often chanted in the stands and on Twitter. It was so popular in fact, that the term began trending on Twitter and the Twitter page called “UpsetNation” started tweeting to the Wildcats, wishing them luck.

“Upset Nation” made a cameo appearance Saturday night at C-Block in Chouteau, as the Wildcats defeated county rival and Class 3A No. 14 Adair, 64-60.

Freshman Champ Bridges led all scorers with 22 points, including 4-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Junior Arlis Alsip poured in another 20 points for the Wildcats. James Eastin led Adair with 15 points, while BJ Bradbury added another 14 in the loss.

Both teams came out shooting from the moment the game tipped off. Chouteau (8-4) had a 16-12 lead after the first quarter and added to it in the second, as Adair was held to only seven points in the quarter, as Chouteau had a 31-19 lead going into the half.

Adair (7-4) was 7-of-10 from the field in the first half, but a dismal 1-of-7 from three point land. In contrast, Chouteau was 10-of-21 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in the opening quarters.

The Wildcats had an answer for every Adair bucket, as the Warriors found themselves down 10 going into the final quarter, 42-32. The game looked like it was in the bag, but that’s when the fireworks went off.

With Chouteau leading 62-53 with 1:20 left to play in the game, Wildcat sophomore Conner Darnell was whistled for a charging foul. That call sent both sets of fans into a frenzy, and Wildcat head coach Travis Wheeler had a difference of opinion. 

Wheeler was issued a technical foul, sending Adair’s Bo Rogers to the line. Rogers made both free throws and the Warriors still had the ball. Brock Martin missed a 3-pointer, but was able to get the rebound and kick it out to Rogers, who drained a 3 from the top of the key to cut the Chouteau lead to four, 62-58, with 52 seconds left in the game.

Chouteau’s Trenton Pierce was fouled on the ensuing possession, but missed both of his free throws. The Wildcats were able to make stop on the other end, securing a 64-60 win over the Warriors. The Wildcats were 12-of-15 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter alone.

The loss was Adair's second in a row, after the Warriors dropped a 73-57 decision Friday against Inola.

Adair JV trips Chouteau

CHOUTEAU — The Adair junior varsity topped Chouteau, 67-35, in early action Saturday.

Olivia Ratcliff led the Lady Warriors with 18 points while Chloe Maritz added 13 more. Chouteau was led by sophomore Allison Grossman, who poured in 12.  Junior Karlee Alberty added another nine points and also had three offensive boards in the loss.

Although trailing 10-6 after the first quarter, the Ladycats played scrappy defense, keeping them in the game and only trailing by three at the half, 23-20. Chouteau was 4-of-20 from the field in the first half and went 8-of-19 from the charity stripe.

However, the second half belonged to Adair. The Lady Warriors outscored Chouteau 44-15 in the second half, shooting 63 percent from the field during that stretch. Chouteau’s turnovers were too much to overcome as Adair cruised to the win.

The Adair varsity was forced to drop two games thanks to its inclusion in the Tournament of Champions.The Lady Warriors blasted Class 4A No. 16 Inola Friday, 62-42.