CHOUTEAU, OK —
Junior guard Trenton Pierce put up a double-double to lead Chouteau past visiting Hulbert, 66-54, Monday night in a Class 2A match-up at Chouteau.
Pierce netted 22 points and grabbed 11 boards, both game-highs, to help Chouteau (14-7) defeat the Riders on senior night.
"Our seniors got to finish their careers in their home gym on a positive note," CHS head coach Travis Wheeler said. "This is a big win for us. We're going into the playoffs on a high note."
The Wildcats extended a small early lead to double-figures (32-22) heading into halftime and held the Riders (15-7) scoreless in the first 5:14 of the second half to build an 18-point advantage.
Hulbert went on a 10-0 run late in the third quarter to narrow the Wildcat edge to 40-32, but Chouteau responded with an 8-0 run of its own. Sophomore forward Mason Fielden ended the period with a bang, knocking down a buzzer-beater from the Wildcat logo at midcourt to send the Riders into the fourth quarter down 13 (48-35).
Hulbert continued to cut into the lead early in the fourth quarter. A Rico Wynn conventional three-point play shaved the WIldcat advantage to seven points with 4:14 to play, but that was as close as the Riders would get.
"We had some moments when we would go with six or seven empty possessions," Wheeler said. "We had no patience. I thought late in the game we did a good job of finding our big guys."
Chouteau junior Isaac Carter and Hulbert's Fielden did the brunt of the work on the interior. Carter's three-point play with 2:37 to go put the Wildcats back up by 12 (58-46) and he drew Fielden's fifth foul with 1:12 to play, essentially ending any hope of a Rider comeback.
Carter ended the night with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Fielden led the Riders in scoring, with 19 points.
Chouteau's Arlis Alsip racked up 13 points, six rebounds and five assists, while freshman teammate Champ Bridges netted 13 points and drained a 3-pointer to end the Chouteau drought late in the third quarter.
Fielden added five rebounds and three steals for Hulbert, while Rico Wynn joined him in double-figures, with 11 points. Parker Taylor added nine points and eight rebounds and Brandon Thompson added eight points.
Chouteau seniors Michael Ford, Austin Hershberger and Emeory Phillips each got a starting nod in their last home game. Hershberger finished with three points and Phillips scored two.
Lady Riders bounce Ladycats
CHOUTEAU — Hulbert senior Tiffany Thompson exploded for 31 points to help Hulbert muscle past Chouteau, 69-54, Monday at the Old C-Block in Chouteau.
A torrid first quarter saw the teams combine for five 3-pointers as Hulbert (14-8) ran out to an early 23-14 lead, but the Ladycats held sway in the second quarter to hold the Lady Riders to a nine-point lead heading into the locker room.
Thompson scored 10 of her game-high total in the third quarter as Hulbert began to pull away, but Paige Chupp's buzzer-beating triple pulled Chouteau (1-20) within 15 heading into the final quarter.
Thompson's freshman teammate Tina Buford rocked the Ladycats for 20 points and six rebounds, while senior Brooke Bailey fell one rebound shy of a double-double (11 points, nine rebounds).
Four Hulbert starters fouled out of the contest, which saw the two teams combine to shoot 67 free-throws. Hulbert went 30-for-36 (83 percent) from the stripe while Chouteau converted 21 of its 31 attempts (68 percent).
Chupp racked up 10 points, seven steals and six assists for the Ladycats, while teammate Dayla Vance scored 10 points and pulled down nine boards. Karlee Alberty scored 10 points for Chouteau, including six straight in the second quarter to keep Chouteau within striking distance.
Seniors Courtney McAfee and Cassidy Fankhouser each started the game for Chouteau. Fellow senior Victoria Espinoza was recognized but sat out with an injury.