SPERRY, OK —
The Adair boys will return to a Class 3A regional tournament after pulling away from Newkirk late in a 60-42 regional winners’ bracket semifinal win Thursday at Sperry.
Adair (15-9) outscored the Tigers 25-11 in the fourth quarter to clinch a berth in Saturday’s regional final against Nowata and an automatic bid to the Class 3A Area II tournament next weekend.
“We’re in the best position you can be in,” Adair head coach Travis Cannady said. “You’ve got to give these kids a lot of respect. A lot of people thought they were too young to play.”
The Warriors built a 10-point lead in the first half behind the strong play of sophomore Brock Martin, who scored nine points and collected three rebounds but left with a rolled ankle in the second quarter and did not return. With Martin out, Newkirk cut the lead to four (35-31) heading into the fourth quarter.
Adair freshmen BJ Bradbury and Bo Rogers picked up the slack, as each scored a team-high 13 points. Bradbury added seven rebounds while Rogers added a team-high eight assists and collected five boards. The duo combined for 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Adair frustrated Newkirk late, leading to a pair of technical fouls. The Warriors were 14-of-15 (93 percent) from the line in the second half.
“They wanted to slow the game down,” Cannady said. “I knew if we could get them in a man situation, like we did late in the game, I knew it would be an advantage for us.”
Warrior Jereme McCollum added 12 points and five boards, while Adair senior Greg Oxford chipped in nine points.
Lady Warriors shellack Sperry
SPERRY — The Adair girls put on a show Thursday, frolicking to a 67-24 victory over Sperry in a 3A regional winners bracket at Sperry behind 19 points and seven rebounds from freshman Keni Jo Lippe.
The top-ranked Lady Warriors (24-1) made it look easy in the first half, scoring the game’s first 20 points and missing just three shots in the first quarter. Adair did not allow a Sperry field goal until the 1:44 mark of the second quarter, and led 46-8 at the half.
Kylie Looney scored 16 points, all in the first half. Maddy Cherry added eight points off the bench, and fellow reserve Jenny Fleming added seven points and nine rebounds. Molly Kerr had five steals.
Adair, which has already locked up a spot in the Area II tournament, will take on Chelsea in a regional final Saturday at 8 p.m. in Sperry.