Sports Sunday Correspondent
INOLA — Rearrange the trophy case. The Inola girls and boys provided additions Friday night by rolling past Tulsa Webster twice for Class 4A high school basketball district championshipsl.
The night started with the Lady Longhorns doubling up the Webster girls, 66-33, behind the 3-point shooting of Kristina Swanson.
Breaking a 32-32 halftime tie, the Inola boys kicked in the door of their game with a 25-point third quarter. Then they used the free throw line in the final period to nail the same door shut.
Both Inola teams, the boys with a 17-5 record and the girls at 13-9, advance to this week's regional tournament.
Moving the ball around the perimeter as smoothly as a newly hung gate, the Inola girls leaped to a 13-4 first-quarter edge and never looked back. Their scoring continued to increase through the remainder of the contest.
Webster, coached by Dawn Quinton, a 1979 Claremore graduate and former Lady Zebra player, knew coming into the contest it was important to contain the inside threat of Inola's 6-1 sophomore Kelsey Sears.
This opened up the outside for the Lady Longhorns. Doing the most damage to the visitors was the 5-3 senior guard Swanson. She pumped in three treys in the first quarter to set the tone and then added one in each of the next three periods. Finishing with 22 points, she hit six of seven treys.
The pre-game plan to place two or three defenders around Sears still didn't keep her from scoring 14 points. It was Sears’ defensive play that hurt Webster the most. She had 11 rebounds along with four blocked shots.
Swanson finished with nine rebounds as she joined Sears with successful work under the boards.
Coach Rick Ott received points from 10 different team members. Even with numerous changes in the lineup during the final period with reserves getting their opportunity, Inola built a 22-10 scoring advantage.
Webster moves into the losers bracket with a 3-15 record.
Coach Clyde Barkley has been quick to point to his team's ability to play as a unit this season. No better argument can be given after the Longhorns' performance against the quicker Webster bunch.
Each starter took turns coming up with key plays when they were needed the most. The first half standoff was just the beginning
Getting points from Zach Elseman, Eric Feemster, Jared Cotton and Alex Weaver, Inola opened the third period with a 16-7 run. Then Tyler Stone and Aaron Weaver joined the scoring parade as Inola built a 15-point edge to take into the final quarter.
Webster managed to cut the gap to 63-53 with 4:10 left. Hopes for a come-from-behind victory were wasted.
While the Warriors did force eight Inola turnovers, their efforts also piled up the personal fouls.
Out of the 15 fourth-quarter Inola points, 11 came at the free throw line. Alex Weaver, with 21 points, was 10 for 10 from the line. Six came in the fourth period.
Stone, grabbing several key rebounds throughout the contest, added three of four and Elseman hit two.
Webster's Carlton Overley opened the game with a trey from the right corner. It was his first of five 3-pointers on the way to a game-leading 22 points.
Leading, 11-10, with just over two minutes remaining in the opening period, the Warriors had a golden chance to build on the margin. Instead, they got fancy and failed to register a dunk basket. This was followed by an unchallenged layup rolling off the rim. A possible early intimidation factor was wasted.
Cotton had nine points in the wild-open third quarter and finished with 18. Stone had 14.
Ryan Smith backed Overley with 13 points while Jordan Le Clair added 12. Webster moves into the losers bracket with a 5-16 record.
INOLA 72, WEBSTER 60
Webster 13 19 10 18 — 60
Inola 15 17 25 15 — 72
Tulsa Webster — Overley 22, Smith 13, LeClaire 12, Huffman 6, Dew 5, Fields 2.
Inola — Alex Weaver 21, Cotton 18, Stone 14, Feemster 8, Elseman 7, Aaron Weaver 4.
INOLA 66, WEBSTER 33
Webster 4 8 11 10 — 33
Inola 13 15 16 22 — 66
Tulsa Webster — Elliott 13, Mackey 11, Thomas 4, Gougler 3, Mitchell 2.
Inola — Swanson 22, Sears 14, Gins 9, Mathews 4, M.Houck 4, Crane 4, K.Houck 4, Robinson 2, Price 2, Sanders 1.