Travis Hall’s half court heave bounced off the front of the rim at the buzzer, allowing Dewey to escape with a 48-47 upset of No. 7 Inola in Will Rogers Conference basketball Tuesday night at Inola Sports Arena.
Stevie Payne climaxed the Bulldoggers’ frantic rally by hitting the first free throw in a one and one situation with 3.4 seconds remaining. The Longhorns rebounded and Hall hurriedly took the desperation shot that appeared on target, but caromed off the lip of the rim.
Garrett Glass topped Inola (12-4) with 14 points and Hall contributed 11. Payne had 20 points for Dewey (8-6) with Collin Wood coming off the bench for 10.
Dewey committed 23 turnovers, but atoned with a 44-24 rebounding advantage.
Led by Caleb Harp’s 11 retrievals, the Doggers were especially brutal on the boards in the second half with a 24-9 advantage as the home team’s offense began to wilt The Longhorns thrived on three-point shots in the first half, but were 1-for-6 in the second.
Dewey enjoyed two scoring streaks that turned the game around. The visitors trailed 33-22 in the third period before scoring 14 of the next 16 points and taking a 36-35 lead on Wood’s drive to the basket with 7:21 remaining.
The Bulldoggers led 41-37, then Inola received an offensive spark with a 9-0 run.
The Longhorns were hanging on to a 47-45 lead when Glass fouled Carson LaRue at the 30.7 second mark. LaRue cashed both shots for a tie and Payne got one more at 3.4 that proved decisive.
Inola built a 25-10 lead midway in the second quarter prior to Dewey’s first scoring spree. A 9-2 run, capped by Wood’s trey with 25 seconds left in the half, cut Inola’s intermission lead to 27-19.
Thanks to 4-of-10 shooting from three-point range in the first half, the Longhorns appeared to be on the verge of breaking away, but they never could and Dewey finally engineered its winning rally.
Girls: Inola 54, Dewey 25
A suffocating pressure defense hounded Dewey to death in the first half, allowing 19th-ranked Inola to cruise to a 54-25 Will Rogers Conference girls basketball victory over the Bulldoggers.
The hustling Lady Longhorns created 11 first-period turnovers and 25 in the game while improving to 11-5 for the season and 4-0 in league play. Dewey was simply overwhelmed in falling to 4-10.
The Inola press worked like a charm in the opening period, forcing long down court passes that were intercepted for transition layups. Dewey experienced extreme difficulty in moving the ball past mid-court, turning the ball over 10 times in the first five minutes and getting just one shot at the basket.
The Longhorns used the Bulldoggers lack of ball control in mounting a 13-0 lead before Dewey’s first points came on a hoop by Shelby Williams with 2:25 left in the first frame.
Ahead 19-4 heading into the second quarter, Inola kept pouring it on. The home team canned 14-of-15 free throws and converted 6-of-6 in that segment. Two three-point buckets from Kristen Mootry helped put the Longhorns up 37-7 at intermission.
Treys from Mootry and Lindsey Byfield made 43-9 three minutes into the second half and coach Donnie Martin’s club began easing up a bit.
The Bulldoggers came within 47-20 early in the final period on Kaleigh Hinkle‘s three-point play, but could not get closer.
Byfield led Inola with 16 points while Mootry managed 13. Hinkle paced Dewey with eight points.