LOCUST GROVE, OK —
Lady Pirates squander lead, fall in OT
LOCUST GROVE — Locust Grove's Lady Pirates fell just shy of upsetting unbeaten Fort Gibson Tuesday, falling to the Lady Tigers 59-55 in an overtime thriller at Pirate Arena Tuesday.
Locust Grove (13-5) held a narrow 23-20 lead at the break. The lead ballooned to 12 at one point in the third period, and Locust headed into the fourth quarter with a 43-35 lead over the 19-0 Lady Tigers.
Fort Gibson, ranked first in Class 4A, tied the game at 50 with under 30 seconds left in the fourth period and had a shot to win in regulation, but Morgan Littlebear blocked the potential game-winner to force overtime.
Fort Gibson struck first in overtime with a lay-up, but Holman answered with a shot from downtown to give Locust Grove a 53-52 lead. After Holman’s trey, the Lady Tigers went on a 5-0 run until a Sydnie Pierce lay-up, which would be the Lady Pirates’ final points of the game.
A pair of free throws by Savannah Gray sealed the Fort Gibson win and helped the Lady Tigers avoid a huge upset by the No. 8 Lady Pirates.
Kennedy Sokoloski tied Fort Gibson’s Allie Glover as the game’s leading scorer with 14 points. Madison Davis scored 12 points and pulled in seven rebounds for Locust and Pierce added 10 points. Fort Gibson’s Jayme Hill posted 12 points.