The Pryor Times

December 12, 2013

AIT Wednesday Wrapup: Salina erases 19-point deficit

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

ADAIR, OK — Courtney Condit scored 32 points, including the go-ahead bucket with one second to play, to launch Salina into the semifinals of the Adair Invitational Tournament Wednesday with a 50-48 win over Claremore Sequoyah.

The sophomore forward's five-footer completed a 19-point comeback victory for the Lady Wildcats (2-0), who were down 19-5 after one period and fell behind 31-12 late in the second quarter.

"We came out scared," Salina head coach Mark Fraley said. "We're better than that. I just told them to stop playing scared. Being out of school might have something to do with it. We didn't wake up until the second half."

Condit scored 24 of her points in the second half, which saw Salina roar back in a hurry. Salina cut the 16-point halftime deficit to six heading into the fourth frame, and Manay McCarter's free throw with 3:12 to play gave Salina its first lead of the game (46-45).

Sequoyah retook the lead with a two-point bucket, which Condit answered on the other end with 1:04 to go. A Sequoyah free throw knotted the score at 48 with 30 seconds to play.

The Lady Wildcats called a timeout and ran the clock down to get the last shot. Condit drove the lane and missed her first attempt, but collected the rebound and bounced in her second shot from the middle of the lane. Sequoyah's full-court heave barely made it to the free-throw line.

The Lady Wildcats played without starting freshman guard Shaylee Morgan, who will miss the first part of the season with a collarbone injury. That left Condit as the No. 1 and No. 2 scoring option.

"She played a great game, but someone else has to step up and support her," Fraley said.

Condit shot 11-of-27 from the field and added 12 boards for a double-double. The bench came up big for Salina, as McCarter added nine points and six rebounds and Marisa Richards scored eight points and collected five caroms.

Salina advances to play Jay in semifinal action Thursday.

Mills' 42 sinks Salina in OT

ADAIR — Blake Mills scored 42 points to lead Claremore Sequoyah to the brink and his teammates finished off Salina in overtime, 80-72, in first-round action at the Adair Invitational Tournament Wednesday.

Salina (0-2) clawed back from 16 points down in the second half to force overtime after Mills picked up his fifth foul, but after Trent Ballou's free-throw gave the 'Cats a 67-66 lead, the Eagles scored the next 10 points to clinch the win.

Salina was down eight points with as little as 55 seconds to play in regulation, but stormed back to tie the game with stifling defense down the stretch. On three straight possessions, the Eagles could not cross half-court.

With 15 seconds left, Colton Burgess completed an old-fashioned three-point play. On the ensuing inbounds possession, Chase Mellowbug stole the ball and was fouled. He hit both shots to tie the game at 66 with four seconds to play in regulation.

Mark Cowan scored a team-high 29 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter of an increasingly heated game.

The 5-foot-9 Mills got under Salina's skin early in the second quarter, helping the Eagles turn a 16-11 deficit after one quarter into a 36-23 halftime lead. Mills frequently drew fouls, making 18 of 22 free-throw attempts, and was even called for a flop in the fourth quarter during a dead-ball situation.

Salina's Kyle Johnson drew the bulk of the defensive duty against Mills.

On separate occasions, officials had to take timeouts for both sides to regain their composure.

Coby Backward notched 12 points and three assists for the Wildcats. His cousin Cale Backward added nine points but did not enter the game after the third quarter.

Salina will take on Chouteau in the consolation semifinal round Thursday.

Jay spoils Chouteau's opener, 55-54

ADAIR — Trenton Pierce scored 13 points for Chouteau but his 3-pointer with five seconds to play drew iron, giving Jay a 55-54 win in the opening round of the Adair Invitational Tournament.

Neither team led by more than seven points in the hotly contested game.

Freshman guard Champ Bridges gave the Wildcats (2-1) a 54-52 lead with 2:20 to play with a 28-foot trey, one of his three 3-pointers in the game. The score stayed the same until a Jay player converted the front end of a one-and-one with 53 seconds to play. He missed the second shot and collected the rebound, but stepped out of bounds giving Chouteau the ball.

Chouteau turned the ball over with 36 seconds to play. The Wildcats fouled, but Jay missed both free throws. The Bulldogs collected the rebound and scored the winning bucket with 19 seconds to go.

Chouteau's Arlis Alsip led all scorers with 19 points, including four treys. Pierce and Bridges each netted 13. Isaac Carter added seven.

Chouteau will take on Salina Thursday in consolation action. Chouteau topped Salina 57-50 in a home game earlier this month.

Jay blasts Chouteau girls

ADAIR — Jay galloped to a 45-7 halftime lead and dropped Chouteau, 78-21, in first-round action at the Adair Invitational Tournament Wednesday.

The Lady Wildcats (1-2) were led by Karlee Alberty's seven points.

Chouteau will now play Claremore Sequoyah in a consolation semifinal Thursday.