LARRY LARKIN

Progress Correspondent



INOLA — The girls took center stage in Tuesday's slate of games at the Inola Jerry Oquin high school Basketball Tournament as two games went to the wire and were settled by four points each.

Oologah scored the game's final five points to squeeze past Inola, 61-57, in the opening contest and Verdigris followed with a 48-44 victory over Stilwell.

It was a different story in boys action. Fort Gibson showed little mercy by burying the Claremore B team, 96-50, and Coweta slapped Stilwell, 61-42.

Girls

Tied at 41 entering the fourth quarter, Inola and Oologah went at each other tooth and nail down the stretch. Three more ties and five lead changes occurred before the Lady Mustangs pulled it out.

Down, 57-56, Lachelle Hotfelt stole the ball and raced in for an Oologah layup. Fouled on the successful attempt, she added the free throw for a 59-57 edge. Teammate Cassidee Young put back a rebound for the game's final talley.

The game had nine players in double scoring figures.

Oologah, now 1-1 in the young season, was led by Paige Haines with 15 points. Hotfelt finished with 14, Caitlin Linihan had 12, and Taylor Jeffs and Young each added 10.

Losing for the second time in as many nights at their tournament, the Lady Longhorns fell to 1-2. Candace Maldonaldo and Mandy Grigg topped the Lady Longhorns with 12 each and Sasha Unruh and Megan Houck had 10 apiece.

Except for a brief spell in the third quarter, Verdigris stayed on top of Stilwell, but didn't clinch the victory until Tiffani Nelms connected on her second foul shot with five seconds remaining.

Her shot made it a two possession game.

Stilwell's Dora Fountain hit a three-pointer seven seconds earlier to pull her club to within 47-44.

Cassie Clarke allowed for a six-point cushion when she nailed her only three-pointer as the third quarter ended. Except for a 14-7 lead early in the second period, this was the biggest margin of the game.

Clarke led all scorers with 22 points despite hitting only three field goals. She answered Stilwell's fierce defensive play against her by sinking 15 of 17 free throws.

Julie Mitchell added 10 points for the Lady Cardinals as they improved to 2-0.

Kim Doyle led the Lady Indians with 11 before fouling out in the closing seconds.

Boys

The Tigers scored the first nine points and they didn't stop on the way to a 58-21 first-half bombing against the Claremore B-team nine-member squad.

Ryan Keese led the way with 24 points and Trey Movay followed with 20.

It was Fort Gibson's third victory in as many games.

Andrew Myers and Tyler Grubb topped the Zebras with 17 and 16 points.





OOLOGAH 61, INOLA 57

Girls

Oologah 11 15 15 20 — 61

Inola 13 16 12 16 — 57

Oologah — Haines 15, Hotfelt 14, Linihan 12, Jeffs 10, Young 10.

Inola — Mandy Grigg 12, Maldonaldo 12, Houck 10, Unruh 10, Mary Grigg 8, Sears 3, Gins 2.



VERDIGRIS 48, STILWELL 44

Girls

Stilwell 7 12 10 15 — 44

Verdigris 12 9 14 13 — 48

Stilwell — K.Doyle 11, Fountain 9, Miller 8, J.Doyle 7, Flute 3, Muskich 3, Duncan 3.

Verdigris — Clarke 22, Mitchell 10, M.Heskett 5, K.Heskett 4, Nichols 4, Nelms 3.



FORT GIBSON 96, CLAREMORE B 50

Boys

Claremore 14 7 14 15 — 50

Fort Gibson 29 29 22 16 — 96

Claremore — Myers 17, Grubb 16, Stephens 6, Neff 4, Seago 4, Krause 3.

Fort Gibson — Keese 24, Movay 20, Wilson 14, Sears 8, Lasater 7, Gregg 6, Foster 6, Scott 2, Ashley 2, Pennington 2, Milligan 2, Rhoden 2, Minor 1.



Wednesday Games



6 p.m. — Grove vs. Verdigris, girls

7:30 p.m. — Grove vs. Oologah, boys