VERDIGRIS — For 67 seconds, Brock Fugate celebrated his own homecoming Friday night during Verdigris’ annual Homecoming basketball festivities.
Fugate, who had been sidelined this season with a wrist injury until returning to limited action as a reserve beginning just a week ago, ended the final 1:07 of the third quarter with a flurry of nine unanswered points for the Cardinals.
Included in that flurry was a traditional three-point play that boosted the senior, the team’s leading scorer the past two seasons, over the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Fugate ended up with 11 points and 4 rebounds as Verdigris snapped a two-game losing streak with a 70-26 romp against Miami at Jack Collins Field House.
Jaren Keith (17) and Trent Haddock (15) combined for 32 points to join Fugate in double-digits for the home team.
Meanwhile, the Class 4A No. 7 Verdigris girls—led by the sister tandem of Lexy and Morgan Borgstadt—rolled to an easy 70-19 victory against the Lady Wardogs to remain perfect in the new year and stretch their winning streak to nine games.
Lexy Borgstadt finished with a game-high 22 points and added 7 rebounds while Morgan Borgstadt contributed 14 points and 5 boards off the bench to make it a joyous Homecoming for Verdigris fans.
Megan Turner was named queen, while Tyler Haddock was selected king to highlight Homecoming activities.
Next up for the Verdigris basketball teams will be a trip to take on Vinita on Tuesday. The Cardinals will then journey to Oologah for games on Friday.
Boys | Verdigris 74, Miami 20: Leading 39-11 at halftime, Verdigris (13-6) put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Miami 27-2.
Fugate, who broke a bone in his right wrist in the opening game of the Cardinals 2019 football season, put the finishing touches on the quarter with his nine-point outburst.
First, he took an inbound pass from Aaron Buntin and scored before adding two free throws.
“I have to give credit to my teammates,” said Fugate who plans to attend Friends University in Wichita, Kan., on a football scholarship.
“They knew that I was close (to 1,000 points), so they kept getting the ball to me.”
He then added his three-point play with 22 seconds remaining as he scored his 1,000th career point—much to the delight of the Verdigris fans on hand.
“All my friends in the student section knew it,” Fugate said of the roar from the crowd once he eclipsed the mark.
“It is just great to have that support.”
The senior then was fouled just before the buzzer to end the quarter and canned two free throws for his final points of the game.
Fugate still wears a support on his right wrist—his dominant hand. So, he has to shoot the ball left-handed, including his free throws. He went 5-for-5 at the free throw line against Miami (2-12).
“I have been working on shooting free throws with my left hand,” he said.
Verdigris coach Chris Houk noted it has been a challenging season for Fugate while dealing with trying to return to form from his injury.
“Things like that kind of put things in perspective,” Houk said.
“So far he has responded in a positive way.”
Girls | Verdigris 70, Miami 19: The Lady Cardinals (16-3) nearly pitched a shutout in the opening quarter against the Lady Wardogs (2-12), bolting to a 14-0 lead before Miami produced its first points with a field goal with just 1:35 remaining in the period.
The Verdigris defense forced 11 turnovers in the first eight minutes, and the Lady Cardinal offense converted on several of those opportunities.
Lexy Borgstadt had 8 points in the opening quarter while Morgan Borgstadt chipped in 4 more and Jordan Chancellor added 4 points, including a traditional three-point play, and Miami never challenged.
“I thought the ball moved around a lot,” Verdigris coach Mike Buntin said.
“We are starting to move the ball well against the zone.”
The good ball movement was reflected in the Cardinals’ field-goal accuracy.
In sprinting to a 40-5 advantage at intermission, Verdigris went 15 of 28 from the floor in the first half.
Morgan Borgstadt connected on all four of her field goal attempts, including one from beyond the arc, while Lexy Borgstadt was 6 of 8 from the field and added three free throws to tally 15 points by halftime.
In all, 11 players scored for Verdigris with reserves getting a chance to see extended playing time.
“We’re having a lot of fun right now,” Buntin said.
VERDIGRIS 74, MIAMI 20
VERDIGRIS — Jaren Keith 17, Trent Haddock 15, Brock Fugate 11, Brant Hager 7, Logan Carle 6, Ethan Bell 6, Cameron Lederman 4, Brandon Lederman 4, Zach Daniel 2, Tyler Haddock 2.
MIAMI — Zach Smith 5, Keaton Jinks 5, Karson Jinks 2, Jackson Satterwhite 2, Daivik Patel 2, Cole Botts 2, Matt Randolph 2.
3-point field goals: Verdigris—Trent Haddock 2, Cagle 2, Bell 2, Keith 1. Miami—None.
Rebounds: Verdigris—Hager 4, Tyler Haddock 4, Trent Haddock 4, Fugate 4, Keith 2, Bell 2, B. Lederman 2, Cagle 1, Caden Parnell 1, Zander Kirby 1, C. Lederman 1. Miami—Satterwhite 5, Botts 5, Patel 4, Keaton Jinks 3, Z. Smith 2, Spencer Smith 2, Trey Tanner 1, Randolph 1, Karson Jinks 1, Tyson Belt 1.
VERDIGRIS 70, MIAMI 19
VERDIGRIS — Lexy Borgstadt 22, Megan Borgstadt 14, Jordan Chancellor 9, Kylee McGuire 5, Kayla Darden 4, Ciara Daniel 4, Daeya Moses 3, Bailey Cravens 3, Megan Turner 2, Madi York 2, Brooklyn Fugate 2.
MIAMI — Beca Hopping 8, Kristal Glass 3, Kish Payton 3, Kylie Jinks 2, Cali Mercer 2, River Hopping 1.
3-point field goals: Verdigris—Chancellor 1, McGuire 1, Morgan Borgstadt 1, Moses 1. Miami—None.
Rebounds: Verdigris—Lexy Borgstadt 7, Morgan Borgstadt 5, Moses 4, Halle Ryan 4, Emily Stout 3, Mackenzie Blackwell 3, Kayla Darden 2, Megan Turner 2, Daniel 2, Jordan Chancellor 1, Madi York 1. Miami—B. Hopping 13, Jinks 4, Payton 2, Ruthie Hammons 2, Sara Acupan 1, Maddie Arnold 1, Chloe Preaus 1.