LOCUST GROVE, OK —
Locust Grove senior Taylor Halpain stuffed the stat sheet Monday night in a 79-25 victory over Wagoner on senior night, sealing the Pirates’ first Verdigris Valley Championship during the six-year Ronnie Maple era and improving the team’s record to 19-2.
Halpain ended his final regular-season game at Pirate Arena as the game’s leading scorer with 14 points, while adding seven rebounds, six steals, and five assists.
“He’s been with me for four years at Locust Grove and just been one of the hardest working kids that I’ve ever had an opportunity to work with,” LG Head Coach Ronnie Maple said of Halpain. "He’s just really hard-nosed, just really works hard, and gets everything out of his body that he can for us and for the program. He’s just one of those kids. You couldn’t have had the type of season that we’ve had this year without a kid that works and gives everything he has in his tank, you can’t have a season like we’ve had without a kid like that."
Junior Colton Pike scored 13 for Locust and fellow junior Tyler Rowland added 10. Sophomore Mason Fine and junior Keven Wadlow posted 12 points apiece.
The Pirates have not lost a game since falling to Berryhill, 43-40, in the Pryor Invitational Championship Jan. 25 and will sail into the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak.
LG, ranked ninth in Class 4A, will begin its playoff run Saturday night at Pirate Arena in a district tournament against Miami with a chance to capture its sixth straight district title. Tip-off set for 8 p.m.
Lady Pirates trip Wagoner
LOCUST GROVE — The Locust Grove seniors scored over half of the Lady Pirates' points Monday night to help lead 10th-ranked Locust Grove to a 62-47 victory over Wagoner and improve to 15-6 on senior night at Pirate Arena.
Head Coach Justin Brown named five seniors as his starting lineup, giving Lynsey Conner, Jensen Cooper, and Kelsey Stealer their first starts of the season. Sydnie Pierce and Mrittanie Church also started, while Bailey Holman came off the bench for the first time this season.
Cooper came out firing in her first start, scoring the team’s first seven points. Cooper would end her night with 12 points.
Holman came off the bench late in the first quarter and also started hot. She drained three shots from long range and ended the game as the leading scorer with 14.
Pierce scored five points and pulled in four steals and Stealer added two points. Junior Madison Davis also posted 11 points and seven rebounds.
Wagoner’s Kristen Robbins led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points and her sister, Sharee Robbins, tallied nine.