Inola senior point guard Lexi Williams may not have been the basketball homecoming queen, but she definitely had her crowning moment Friday night against Mannford.
Williams scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the first half to lead the Lady Longhorns to a 54-29 win over the Mannford Lady Pirates during Homecoming at the Inola Indoor Activity Center.
In her first season at Inola, following a transfer from Bixby High School and being the daughter of Lady Longhorns’ coaches Donnie and Lori Martin, Williams has taken her team to a higher level with veteran leadership and electrifying offense.
Inola lead 16-10 after the first quarter, in which Williams scored 11 points on a three-pointer, three running jumpers and 2-of-2 free throws.
Mannford hung close until Williams offensive putback with 2:11 remaining in the opening quarter returned the lead back to Inola at 12-10.
Shortly thereafter, Williams’ steal in transition followed by her layup increased Inola’s lead to 16-10 going into the second quarter.
Avery McBroom and Kelsey Burdon combined for eight of Mannford’s 18 points in the first half.
With Williams controlling the first 16 minutes for Inola, Homecoming Queen Kristen Mootry took over after halftime.
Mootry tallied 12 of her 17 points in the final two quarters.
Inola outscored Mannford, 30-11 in the second half.
Courtney Williamson also contributed with six points for Inola.
Boys: Pirates stun ‘Horns
Bryce Hoggatt’s three-pointer with 1:03 remaining in the game helped Mannford shock the Longhorns, 52-51.
Inola senior guard and Homecoming King Travis Hall had a chance for a game-winning opportunity but his turn-around jumper in the lane rimmed out at the buzzer.
Inola enjoyed a 46-41 lead with 6:15 remaining in the fourth quarter, but turnovers allowed Mannford to rally back.
Noah Garner’s transition layup cut the deficit to 46-43 with 4:33 remaining.
On the ensuing possession, Taylor Mootry’s offensive putback once against pushed the Inola lead to 48-43 with 4:08 left.
Mannford, however, continued to chip away thanks Garrett James’ bucket in the paint and Derek Hilton’s short-range jumper that narrowed the Inola lead to 48-47 with 3:11 left in the game.
After Aaron Davis’ 1-of-2 free throw conversions put Inola up 49-47, James’s offensive putback tied the game at 49-49 with 2:05 remaining.
James led Mannford with 16 points — scoring 12 in the first half — and Hoggatt finished with 11 points.
Taylor Mootry tallied a game-high 22 points — 13 in the first half — to lead Inola. Hall also finished with 11 points.