OOLOGAH -- There was simply too much Kennady Roach for Oologah to handle in the girls championship game of the Oologah Invitational Tournament on Monday night.
Roach, a 5-foot-10 junior, scored 27 points and hauled in 17 rebounds, leading the seventh-ranked Lady Hornets to a tough 48-45 victory over the No. 12 Lady Mustangs. Vinita improved to 10-1 with Oologah dropping to 8-3.
Oologah never led but pulled into ties four times, the last at 39-all with 3:36 left in the game. Roach sank a free throw but missed the second with the rebound winding up in Lizzie Shephard’s hands.
Shephard quickly launched a trey, and it found its mark with 2:11 remaining.
Senior Baylie DeSpain fired back for the Mustangs and trimmed their deficit to 43-41, but three foul shots gave Vinita a 46-41 edge, and the game, at the 23-second mark.
DeSpain led Oologah with 14 points and Karly Wadsworth contributed 10. Lilly Ruark and freshman Alexis Martin each scored 6 points.
Vinita built an 18-8 lead heading into the second period with strong shooting (8-of-16) and forcing Oologah into turnovers. The home team finally caught up 23-23 when DeSpain scored over big Jasmin Daggs a minute into the second half.
Wadsworth’s 3-pointer kept the score even at 26, but Roach took charge with a pair of free throws and a hoop to maintain the Hornets’ momentum.
OOLOGAH 58, PRYOR 52 (B)
Senior Cody Elrod scored early and late in securing the Oologah boys’ third-place victory over Pryor.
The 6-5 power man scored four baskets in the second quarter and three in the fourth as the Mustangs (7-4) held on to win. Elrod finished with 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Guard Chase Garrison tanked 13 points, with Konnor Davis adding 10.
Ryne Freeman laced a 3-ball for Pryor, then Josh Gore dropped in a layup, bringing the Tigers within 41-39 with 6:24 to go.
Oologah reacted with 10-consecutive points to make it 51-39 with 4:09 left. Pryor got closer 55-49 when Trapper Gilstrap stole the ball for a layup at 2:04, but it was too little, too late.
Pryor suffered through a rash of turnovers in the first half, turning the ball over eight times in the first period and five in the second. Elrod continued to get second chances to score, and his back-to-back hoops inside put the Mustangs ahead 23-10 midway through period two.
OHS led 29-14 late in the half and was in front 37-25 with 2:08 remaining in the third period before Pryor came back one last time, but to no avail.
Blair Scroggins paced Tiger scoring with 13 points, Freeman chipped in 12 and Nik Jordan had 10.