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February 7, 2013

Cards soar past Dewey

VERDIGRIS — Class 3A No. 5 Verdigris finally got Blake Battenfield unshackled in the second half, putting the 6-foot-3 senior’s offensive talent to good use in a 72-55 Will Rogers Conference victory over Dewey Tuesday night at Jack Collins Fieldhouse.

Battenfield was languishing at halftime with one point and only two field goal attempts until the Cardinals began searching for him in the third period. Battenfield scored a two-pointer, then drained a three-ball to give Verdigris a 37-24 lead. The home team nailed its first three shots of the second half and sprinted to a 40-24 bulge.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 15-6 lead early in the game prior to Dewey sending in junior guard Nick Garrett. Garrett, who finished hitting 5-of-7 three point attempts, managed three treys in sending the Bulldoggers up 17-15 a minute deep into the second period.

Sophomore Cade Upshaw stole the ball for a layup to send Verdigris ahead 22-20 and the Cards never trailed again. Senior Chase Bryant led coach Randy Upshaw’s squad with 20 points while Battenfield finished with 13 and Cade Upshaw and Tyler Monroe 12 each.

Verdigris meshed 50 percent of its field goal tries and converted 11-of-27 three-point shots. Garrett led Dewey with 17 points.

Lady Cards 71, Dewey 26

Verdigris scored 20 consecutive points, including the first 18 of the second half, and raced away to a 71-26 victory over Dewey.

The Class 3A No. 5 Lady Cardinals improved to 18-3 with the Will Rogers Conference win and did it by dominating the third quarter. Dewey crumbled following seven turnovers early in the frame and failed to score in the first 5:40 of the second half.

Verdigris outscored the Bulldoggers, 23-4 in the third quarter and enjoyed six layups, many coming off steals.  Courtney Risenhoover collected eight of her 12 points in the period, scoring on a follow shot of her own miss to make it 49-15.

Baleigh O’Dell led the Cardinals with 13 points while Taylor Beck came off the bench to add 10. Camry Collins hauled in 10 rebounds.

Dewey led just once at 6-5 after Jessie Garcia hit one of two free throws with three minutes left in opening period. Risenhoover laid one in and Cait Hanslovan flushed a trey, allowing the Cards to lead 13-6 heading into the second quarter.

Verdigris stretched its lead to 28-13 when Beck canned a three-pointer from the right corner with a minute left in the half.

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