Claremore Daily Progress

March 6, 2010

Verdigris downs Victory Christian 40-24

Rick Harrington
Progress Sports Correspondent

BIXBY — The Verdigris Cardinals moved to within one game of a state tournament berth with a 40-24 triumph over Victory Christian on Friday afternoon in Whitey Ford Fieldhouse.

  With the win, the Cardinals can reach next week’s state tournament in Oklahoma City with a win over the Adair Warriors on Saturday evening at 8:00p.m. in Bixby.  The loser of this area tournament finale, well, will be taking batting practice on Monday.

  This game between two of Class 3A’s heavyweights is a rematch of the regional tournament final one week ago won by Adair  58-57.

  On Friday, Verdigris built a 10-3 lead over Victory Christian after one and maintained the upper-hand, 20-16 at the half.

  Both teams reverted to delay tactics during the third quarter with hope of shortening the game and keeping fuel in the tank for a fourth quarter run.

  Only 9-points had been scored when the buzzer sounded.  The score entering the final stanza: Verdigris 25, Victory Christian 20.

  The Cardinals quickly increased their fourth quarter advantage to 29-24 with just over five-minutes to play.  Verdigris did not allow another Conqueror basket of any  type.

  Jared Whitmire captured game scoring honors with 14-points and was the only player in the contest to reach double figures.



#5 Verdigris  40,  Victory Christian  24 (boys)


VICTORY CHRISTIAN      3      13        4      4       =24

VERDIGRIS                    10      10        5      15     =40


Victory Christian (10-18)  – Luke Loeber 9, LJ Ross 8, Jordan Wood 4, Mason Bowen 2, Caleb Bowen 1.

Verdigris (23-4)  – Jared Whitmire 14, Andre Bernier 9, Austin Monroe 9, Jake Culver 6, Brian Phillips 2.