Inola’s Stevie Rutherford isn’t quite ready to end her high school basketball career.
Rutherford had 11 points to spark the Lady Longhorns past Muldrow, 55-48 in the opening round of the Class 4A Regional Tournament Thursday night in Wagoner.
Though she wasn’t the leading scorer for the Lady Longhorns, her senior leadership proved to be a valuable strength down the stretch as the Lady Longhorns advanced to the championship game Saturday night against Fort Gibson.
Senior guard Kaylee Peterson tallied a game-high 13 points and junior wing Kristen Mootry had 13 to keep the Lady Longhorns alive in the postseason.
The Lady Longhorns (15-9) set the tone early and jumped out to a 14-9 first quarter lead.
The margin grew to 27-18 at halftime, before Muldrow rallied with 30 second-half points.
Both teams battled back and forth in the third quarter, scoring 10 points each.
The Lady Longhorns carried a 37-28 lead into the final eight minutes.
Lauren McDaniel added seven points, followed by Sam Riddle with six, Courtney Williamson with three and Kylie Rue with two.
Sharp led Muldrow with 11 points.
Fort Gibson moved into the finals game following a 61-47 win over Poteau.
Palmer tallied a game-high 29 points to lead Fort Gibson.
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The Inola Longhorns came up short Thursday night, and had to play through the loser’s bracket in order to remain alive in the 4A playoffs.
After falling to Muldrow, 70-58 in the opening round, the Longhorns returned to the win column with a nail-biting finish over Poteau.
Travis Hall led the Longhorns with 15 points and Aaron Davis added 12 to advance Inola into Saturday’s game against Fort Gibson.
Poteau led 10-9 in the first quarter, but Inola rallied with 13 points in the second quarter to trail 23-22 at halftime.
Poteau continued to maintain the third quarter lead at 37-36, but in the end, Inola pulled off the 48-46 victory.
Jay Powers scored five points, while Casey Gill and Taylor Mootry had four each to round out the scoring for the Inola starting five.
Inola head coach Clyde Barkley netted win No. 598.
On Thursday night, Koltyn Morel came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points for the Longhorns.
Hall tallied 11 points and Gill added 10.
Muldrow led 19-6 after the first quarter, and 37-27 at halftime.
Hamilton paced Muldrow with a game-high 27 points, while Keith responded with 17 points.