The Pryor Times

February 22, 2014

'Cats, Ladycats cruise to district title games

Kenny Bowyer
Times Correspondent

COLCORD, OK — Junior Karlee Alberty scored 11 points and had a double-double, sophomore Allison Grossman led all scorers with 19 points and Chouteau ended Fairland’s basketball season Friday night with a 56-39 win in a Class 2A district playoff elimination game at Colcord.

“This win, it’s huge for the Ladycat program,” Ladycat head coach Don Cochran said. “This is something we can build on.

“The girls played hard and they executed well and took care of the ball.”

Chouteau (2-20) scored off the opening tip and ran out to a 9-1 lead before Fairland cut the lead to two late in the first quarter.

The Ladycats had a chance to put the game away in the first half, but Chouteau’s poor shooting from the free-throw line in the second quarter (2-11) kept Fairland in the game. Fairland’s Moriah Shelton scored five straight points near the end of the first half, closing the Ladycat lead to four at the midway point, 25-21.

Chouteau started the third quarter the way it started the first, a 9-1 run, to build a 34-22 lead.

Grossman made her first six shots and ended the night shooting 70% (7-of-10) from the field.

Alberty was a beast on the boards, finishing with 11 rebounds (4 offensive, 7 defensive) on her way to a double-double. Sophomores Dayla Vance and Elizabeth Bond added eight and six rebounds, respectively.  

The Ladycats were able to play several reserves in the big win — something that was well deserved for the girls.  

Chouteau will now take on district host Colcord Saturday night. The 16th-ranked Lady Hornets will be a tough test for Chouteau, and Cochran knows his girls can’t play like they did Friday night if they want to get another win.

“Colcord is a good and athletic team,” said Cochran. “We will have to really take care of the ball, play good defense and limit our mistakes."

Chouteau pounds Fairland to advance

COLCORD — Led by junior Arlis Alsip’s 10 points, Chouteau made quick work of the Fairland Owls Friday night, cruising to a 58-25 win to open the district playoffs.

The win sets up a clash with host Colcord Saturday night, with a district championship on the line.

Twelve of the 14 Wildcats that suited up for the game scored at least two points.

After an Owl free throw to start the game, the Wildcats (15-8) went on a 14-0 run. Alsip closed out the opening quarter with a lay-up off of Champ Bridges’ missed 3-pointer. Alsip was able to grab the board and drive the lane, picking up the hoop and the foul. Alsip missed the free throw attempt, but Chouteau led 22-3 after one quarter.

Chouteau led by 30 midway through the second, thanks in part to the efforts of senior Austin Hershberger. The baseball standout went 3-of-4 from the field and scored all seven of his points in the second quarter. Hershberger also added four boards on the night.

Chouteau head coach Travis Wheeler quickly pulled his starters in the second half, giving them a chance to get a round of applause from the Chouteau faithful who made the journey to Colcord.  

Friday marked the first time since Nov. 23 — a season-opening double-header vs. Okay — that both Chouteau squads won on the same night.