PRYOR, OK —
The weather outside the Burdick Center Friday night was in the 20s, but the cold certainly had no impact on Tyler Rowland’s hot hand.
Rowland scored 15 straight points for Locust Grove in the second and third quarters to help the Pirates slice past Adair, 57-40, and into the Pryor Invitational title game.
“I knew my team needed a boost there at the end [of the half],” Rowland said. “I wasn’t playing real great at first, and I knew I had to step up and make some shots. My shot was off, so I knew right off the bat it was time to attack the rim and score points that way.”
Rowland scored 22 points in the game for the Pirates (11-1), who will try to win the tournament for the second year in a row Saturday against Berryhill at 8:45 p.m.
“When Tyler gets going, he gets going,” LG head coach Ronnie Maple said. “He started feeling it a little bit ... he can shoot, he’s just got to have confidence.”
Sophomore Mason Fine added 17 points on 12-of-12 free-throw shooting, all in the second half, for the Class 4A No. 9 Pirates, who fell behind the Warriors (7-6) by as many as eight points in the first quarter.
Locust Grove couldn’t contain Adair freshman forward BJ Bradbury, who led all scorers with 25 points. They did, however, shut down Bo Rogers, Greg Oxford and Jereme McCollum.
Rogers, Oxford and McCollum combined for 48 points in the Warriors’ 58-55 overtime loss to Collinsville Tuesday, but the Pirates held the trio to just four points Friday, all from Oxford.
Pirate Zach Robinson added 11 points for the Pirates. Rowland grabbed four rebounds and claimed four steals.
Zach Gilmer supplied five points off the bench for Adair, which has lost five of its last six games and will face Vinita in the fifth-place game Saturday at 2:45 p.m. Bradbury added six rebounds and three steals.
Adair surges past LG for title spot
PRYOR — Adair will play in a tournament title game for the third time this year after dispatching county foe Locust Grove, 49-39, in a Pryor Invitational contest Saturday at the Burdick Center.
Kylie Looney scored 15 points to lead Adair (14-1), which will take on Class 4A No. 7 Vinita in the championship game Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
The Lady Warriors found themselves in a rare dogfight early, as the Lady Pirates (9-3) shot out to an 11-8 lead after one quarter. The lead held until late in the second quarter, when Adair went on a 9-0 run to take a 27-19 lead into the locker room.
The run reached 11-0 before a Sydnie Pierce bucket halfway into the third period ended the LG drought.
The Adair lead would get as high as 14 points, but a late LG run capped by a Karson Maple trey brought the Lady Pirates within six (41-35) with 2:32 to play.
Adair would close the game on an 8-4 spurt to clinch the win.
Madison Davis led the Lady Pirates with 11 points. Kennedy Sokoloski added nine points and four boards. Adair’s Bailey Stephens notched a dozen points, and Molly Kerr and Keni Lippe each pitched in 11.
Locust Grove will settle for a third-place contest with Berryhill Saturday at 4:15 p.m.