Tecumseh boys advance to title game; Bethel and Newcastle boys to tussle for third place; Meeker girls edge Lady Racers; Lady Savages top Chandler; Lady Wildcats to battle McLoud for bronze
Savages drop Racers to advance to championship round
Tecumseh got 17 points from Alan Brewer and 10 from Julio Hukill, and the Savages rode a 30-16 halftime lead to a 55-34 semifinals win over Newcastle Friday at the Bison Invitational at Oklahoma Baptist's Noble Complex.
Tecumseh held a 10-9 first-quarter advantage before going on a 20-point sprint in the second.
Brewer finished with three shots from 3-point range. Casey Freeman led Newcastle with 14 points.
The Savages, who opened the tournament with a 54-42 win over Chandler in Thursday's first round, will meet Ada at 9 p.m. today for a shot at the Bison Invitational crown.
Ada defeated first-round opponent Meeker, 76-34, and then hammered Bethel 64-26 in the semifinals.
Redskins take down Bulldogs
McLoud's Redskins held off a late rally to top Meeker's Bulldogs 60-53 in consolation play Friday at the Bison Invitational at Oklahoma Baptist University.
The Redskins led 30-24 at halftime, but led by a thin 41-39 edge after three quarters.
McLoud's Jacob Magruder, by way of four connections from 3-point range, led all scorers with 18 points. Teammates Michael Byington and Joseph Wood added 15 and 13, respectively, and the Redskins' Klayton Adams finished with 10.
Kevin Schilling led Meeker with 14, and Austin Watlington supplied 13.
McLoud will now take on Perkins-Tryon at 12:45 p.m. today for the consolation title. Meeker will face Chandler at 10:15 a.m. today for seventh place.
Demons defeat Lions, 41-35
Chandler matched Class 3A's No. 20 Perkins-Tryon throughout the first half Friday, but ultimately fell by a 41-35 count in consolation play at the Bison Invitational.
The teams shared a 7-all first-quarter tie, and were deadlocked at 14 to start the second half. The Demons used a 15-9 run in the third quarter to seal the win as both crews went on to add a dozen points over the final eight minutes of play.
Chandler's Cody Campbell went 6-for-7 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, and finished at 7-for-8 and with high-scoring honors at 19 points. The Lions as a team went 15-for-18 (83.3 percent) on charity tosses.
Cody Waitt led Perkins-Tryon with 14 points.
The Lions will face Lincoln County rival Meeker at 10:15 a.m. today for seventh place, while the Demons take on McLoud at 12:45 p.m. for the consolation crown.
Ada blasts Bethel, clinches title game berth
Ada's Cory Kilby continued his MVP-caliber weekend with a 26-point performance Friday as the Cougars smashed Bethel, 64-26, in the semifinals of the Bison Invitational.
Kilby, who notched 21 in a 76-34 rout of Meeker Thursday, led Ada in scoring for a second straight game. John Stout added 17 for the victors, who will face Tecumseh for the tournament championship today.
Bethel's Matt Watson led the Wildcats with six points. Garrett Fitzgerald and Marcus Washburn each notched five.
Bethel will face Newcastle at 6 p.m. for third place. Ada and Tecumseh will tip off at 9 p.m.
Lady Demons advance to title game
Class 3A's top-ranked Perkins-Tryon rode a 19-point performance from Jordan Gorham to knock off the Bethel Lady Wildcats 40-22 in the second round of the Bison Invitational Friday.
Perkins-Tryon, which also benefited from 10 McKenzie Stanford points, will advance to play Ada in the girls' bracket title game.
After a 29-20 first half, both teams locked down defensively, combining for just 13 points in the second half. Bethel mustered just two second-half points, both coming in the fourth quarter after the game was all but decided.
Bry Flanagan led the Lady Wildcats with 12 points. Meghan Tade cooled off from her 20-point outburst in the opening round against Meeker, registering one point against the Lady Demons Friday.
Bethel will meet McLoud in the third-place game at 4:30 p.m. today, while Perkins-Tryon will take on Ada for the tournament title at 7:30 p.m.
Lady Savages blister Lady Lions
Tecumseh piled on 27 first-quarter points Friday en route to hitting Chandler with a 62-41 loss in the consolation semifinals of the Bison Invitational.
The Lady Savages held a 45-24 halftime advantage.
Sutv Meely, with a pair of treys, led Tecumseh with 15 points. Hilary Babbit and Jalyn Williams each supplied nine, and Gabby Rice pitched in with eight.
The Lady Savages were 5-for-8 as a team from the stripe.
Chandler's Jasmine Gregg was the game's high scorer at 17 points, including a 3-for-4 effort on free throws. The Lady Lions were 10-for-14 as a team.
Tecumseh will face Meeker at 11:30 a.m. today for the consolation crown, while Chandler takes on Newcastle at 9 a.m. in the seventh-place contest.
Lady Bulldogs nip Lady Racers
After sharing a 16-all first-quarter tie and a 31-all halftime tie with Newcastle, the Meeker Lady Bulldogs managed to out-score their opponents 18-15 down the stretch for a 49-46 win in Friday's consolation semifinals at the Bison Invitational.
The win moves Meeker into the consolation finals at 11:30 a.m. today versus Tecumseh. Newcastle will face Chandler at 9 a.m. in the seventh-place game.
Meeker's Cortney Edmonds went 5-for-6 at the foul line and finished with a game-high 19 points Friday. Teammates Morgan Palmer and Summer Powell each connected on three 3-point field goals to finish with 11 points and nine points, respectively.
Sarah Hamilton led the Lady Racers with 17, and Ashley Bryant added 10.
Ada edges McLoud, cements title game spot
The Ada Lady Cougars broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter to squeak by McLoud 38-32 Friday and earn a berth in the Bison Invitational title game.
Aaliyah Blakely accounted for more than half of the Lady Cougars' points (20) and Sami Jewett added 10.
The game was tied at 25 heading into the final stanza, but Ada pulled away to clinch the six-point win.
Jordan Murphy had a stellar performance in a losing effort for the Lady Redskins, scoring 15 points with two treys and a 5-of-7 mark at the charity stripe.
Erica Hostetter and Erin Estep each notched a triple for McLoud, which will face Bethel for third place at 4:30 p.m. today.
Ada will take on Class 3A's No. 1 Perkins-Tryon for the tourney crown at 7:30 p.m. today.
Note: Reports compiled by Jason Smith and Chuck Porter.