LOCUST GROVE, OK —
Head boys coach Ronnie Maple and Locust Grove captured their sixth-straight district championship Saturday night after bombing Miami, 65-38.
Maple arrived at Locust Grove in 2008. He has ended every season as a district champion and has never lost more than seven games in a season.
“(Winning six straight district titles) says a lot about the program, where it was before I got here and it’s just moved its way up,” Maple said. "It just goes back to dedication, hard work, and the kids. They can say I did this or I did that, but that’s not me, it’s all about the kids. The one reason I do this is to watch kids succeed and to have six district titles in a row, that just shows the success of the program and the hard work and dedication that these guys put in day in and day out."
Senior Taylor Halpain piled on the stats on senior night and continued where he left against the Wardogs (8-10). Halpain led Class 4A's seventh-ranked Pirates (20-2) in the first half with 12 points, and he ended the night with six assists and four steals. Tyler Rowland and Mason Fine picked up the pace in the second half, each ending the game with 12 points.
Rowland and junior Colton Pike led the team in rebounding with six boards apiece. Zach Bailey also came off the bench to add nine points.
Miami’s Colt Summers led all scorers with 14 points.
Locust Grove will begin regional tournament play in a winners' bracket Thursday night against No. 11 Stilwell at Pirate Arena. Locust will be a sub-site for the Bristow regional and will host four games at Pirate Arena. The Pirates are set to tip-off at 8 p.m. Thursday night.
Lady Pirates stymie Miami, claim district
LOCUST GROVE — Class 4A's No. 10 Locust Grove Lady Pirates claimed back-to-back district titles with a 60-44 victory over Miami Saturday night at Pirate Arena.
Junior Morgan Littlebear, usually known for her defensive skills, became the Lady Pirates’ (16-6) main offensive weapon against the Lady Wardogs. Littlebear ended her night with 20 points, which led all scorers. Eleven of her points came in the first half. Littlebear also led the team with eight rebounds and added two steals.
Fellow junior Madison Davis lit up the scoreboard with 18 points after taking over in the second half. Senior Bailey Holman tallied nine.
Miami’s Hannah Chenoweth led the Lady Wardogs (8-13) with 17 points.
Locust will challenge Stilwell Thursday night at Pirate Arena in the opening round of a 4A regional tournament winners' bracket. Tip-off set for 6:30 p.m.