INOLA — It was just like old times for coach Clyde Barkley and the Inola Longhorns. The Horns were superior in every phase of the game and rip-snorted to a 71-44 Verdigris Valley Conference victory over Vinita Friday night at Inola Indoor Sports Arena.

Micah Bell and Carson Thompson each scored 20 points and the Longhorns’ defense forced 25 turnovers in ringing up the team’s first victory of the season, dropping the Hornets to 0-2.

“I’m happy, very happy,’’ Barkley said of his team’s performance. ”If they give that kind of effort every night, I’m happy. One thing we needed to improve is our defense because Fort Gibson scored 96 on us. Our rebounding was a big key for us tonight and it was a good team win.’’

Junior Jayden Biggs added 13 points for the Horns as eight players scored, but it was a breakout second half that most pleased Barkley. Inola outscored Vinita 41-26 after intermission with Bell getting 15 points in a 26-point third quarter.

“He’s a weapon for us,’’ said Barkley, who noted that Bell was in foul trouble with three at intermission. “This guy scores for us and he’s an important part. Three-point shooting is our strength.’’

Thompson proved it by connecting on 6-of-13 treys, swishing a pair in the third period that ignited Inola’s breakaway. It was Bell’s bucket that produced a 44-24 lead in the third quarter. He drained another three pointer early in the final frame that put the Longhorns ahead 65-34 and shut the door.

The fourth-ranked Lady Hornets gradually slipped away from the Lady Longhorns in securing a 64-49 victory. Vinita simply had too much depth and perimeter shooting ability, dropping Inola to 0-2.

Kylee Day, a 5-foot-11 freshman, scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the home team with sophomore Mary Jo Eaves contributing 10 points. River Jeffries led Vinita with 19 points.

The Hornets outboarded the Horns 42-28 and sank 11-of-28 three-point shots, figures that Inola could not match. Lizzie Shephard scored on a layup with 3:35 left in the opening period to give the Horns a 6-5 lead. Vinita retaliated with a trey and coach Ronnie Maple’s team could never regain the lead.

The Longhorns trailed just 19-17 after Kelsie Roberts knocked down a three ball midway in the second period. Jeffries stole the ball for a layup and a 29-20 lead with 2:38 left in the half, starting a scoring spurt that decided the outcome.

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Girls

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Caney Valley 49, Chelsea 23

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Boys

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Caney Valley 45, Chelsea 31

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