LOCUST GROVE —
Locust Grove lost their second game of the season Tuesday against 10th-ranked Ft. Gibson 57-43.
The home loss ended a three game winning streak for the Pirates.
Locust Grove began the game maintaining a close lead to end the first period up 23-17.
LG made four three-point shots in the first, two coming from sophomore Tyler Rowland.
Junior Taylor Halpain made one from beyond the arc as time expired for the period.
After a solid offensive start for the Pirates, they slowed down in the second period.
LG only scored six points in the second and lost the lead going into halftime.
LG trailed 30-29 at the half.
Senior point guard David Stone scored five points in the first half, but ended the game as the team’s leading scorer with 13.
Senior Reed Bryant and sophomore Tyler Rowland scored eight apiece.
Locust Grove came out of the locker room struggling offensively. Ft. Gibson went on an eight point run until Locust Grove freshman post Jason Pirtle made a contested layup with 1:35 remaining in the third period.
Pirtle’s layup was the Pirates’ only points of the period. LG trailed by 10 entering the fourth period, but Stone eventually cut the lead to four after a three-pointer midway through the period.
Following Stone’s three, Ft. Gibson began a 10-point run to end the game.
The loss brought the Pirates record to 4-2 on the season.
After the game, Head Coach Ronnie Maple said his team needs to toughen up, both physically and mentally.
“Right now were just not real physically and mentally tough,” Maple said. “Right now with our youth I think it’s getting better. We have to come back after break with that Locust Grove physical and mental toughness that we’ve always had in the years past.”
Locust Grove will not play again until Jan. 4 at Keys.
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