Verdigris sophomore Maddy Daniels (5) applies pressure to Holland Hall’s Mia Fugate (15) during the Jerry Oquin Tournament championship on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Inola.

Verdigris girls basketball closed the 2021 portion of the schedule in emphatic fashion last Friday night.

Despite shooting only 33.3% from the floor, the Class 4A No. 5 Lady Cardinals toppled Adair 51-25 on the road thanks to suffocating defense and a dominant presence on the offensive boards.

Verdigris (5-1) scored 21 points off 24 turnovers — 13 of which were steals — and snagged 16 offensive rebounds, resulting in 15 second-chance points.

Maddy Daniels led the team in both categories, pickpocketing the Lady Warriors five times while also grabbing five offensive boards. She finished with seven points and seven rebounds to go along with three assists.

Morgan Borgstadt was the main beneficiary of Daniels’ efforts, scoring nine of the second-chance points on the way to a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double. She also had a team-high four assists and two blocks.

Ciara Daniel had a standout performance as well, notching eight points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

The Verdigris boys, ranked 11th in Class 4A, defeated Adair 66-61, but no stats were provided to the Progress.

In an attempt to simulate one more game experience before the winter break, the Lady Cardinals welcomed Class 3A No. 8 Idabel for a half-game scrimmage Tuesday morning.

Verdigris struggled to find an offensive rhythm early on, falling behind 13-6 after the first quarter. It managed to double its offensive output in the second period, but Idabel remained steady for a 26-18 victory.

The Lady Cardinals were outrebounded 19-9 and committed seven turnovers in the exhibition, though they managed nine takeaways themselves.

Borgstadt tallied a team-high nine points and two blocks but was held without a rebound. Emily Stout, who finished with five points, led the team in rebounds with four while Daniels recorded two steals.

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