It was a Rogers County affair Saturday at the Jerry Oquin Tournament in Inola.
Verdigris girls basketball met the host Lady Longhorns in the third-place game and claimed a double-digit victory of 57-38. The win marked the third-consecutive year the Lady Cardinals placed third at the event.
Verdigris reached that point by defeating Victory Christian 59-20 last Tuesday before falling to Class 4A No. 4 Fort Gibson 46-33 two days later in the semifinals.
The 4A No. 6 Lady Cardinals battled another intracounty rival Tuesday — Catoosa — in their first home game since the season opener on Dec. 1. See the story from that matchup in the Thursday e-edition and online at claremoreprogress.com.
Here is a recap of how the final two days of tournament play went for Verdigris:
VERDIGRIS 57, INOLA 38: Verdigris coach Mike Buntin couldn’t have asked for a better second quarter from his defense.
The Lady Cardinals held a 16-13 lead after the first quarter, but they kept Inola scoreless in the second while adding 17 points to its tally. Lexy Borgstadt and Jordan Chancellor were instrumental in taking advantage of the defense’s pressure, scoring eight points apiece during that stretch to give Verdigris a 33-13 halftime advantage.
The Lady Longhorns returned to form in the third quarter with 15 points thanks to the efforts of Miller Weast, who scored nine of her 15 points during that frame, but it wasn’t enough to make up the difference. Inola outscored the Lady Cardinals 25-24 in the second half.
Elsewhere, Kylee Day scored all nine of her points in the second half during the Lady Longhorns’ rally attempt.
Chancellor led Verdigris with 15 points while the Borgstadt sisters, Lexy and Morgan, managed 13 points apiece.
FORT GIBSON 46, VERDIGRIS 33: The second quarter wasn’t as kind to the Lady Cardinals on Thursday.
Verdigris was outscored 16-4 during that frame, putting a damper on what was otherwise a fairly even contest between two top 10 teams. The Lady Cardinals played fourth-ranked Fort Gibson within one point (30-29) in the first, third and fourth quarters.
Only Morgan Borgstadt, who was the team’s only double-digit scorer with 16 points, managed to score during the second quarter for Verdigris. Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers hit four 3-pointers to pull away.
Kynzi London and Gracy Shieldnight led Fort Gibson with 11 and 10 points respectively.
The Verdigris boys also competed in the Jerry Oquin Tournament and reached the third-place game, but it was canceled. The Cardinals lost to Victory Christian 61-49 in the opening round before besting Fort Gibson 59-55 in the consolation semifinals.
Here is how that game went down:
VERDIGRIS 59, FORT GIBSON 55: Verdigris always seemed to be just one step ahead on Thursday.
The Cardinals led 13-7 after one quarter and never relinquished power after that despite Fort Gibson coming within three at 37-34 after three quarters.
Trent Haddock paced Verdigris with 12 points, and Lucas Lechlider added 11 points. Brandon Lederman came up big in the fourth quarter, hitting three 3-pointers to help stave off a Tiger rally.
Jaxon Blunt scored a game-high 19 points for Fort Gibson, and his teammates Seth Rowan and Jaiden Graves registered 10 points apiece.