Earlsboro’s Lady Wildcats, ranked 10th in Class B, defended their home court Saturday by topping Varnum 58-47 in the championship match of the Pottawatomie Telephone Company Jim Walling Classic.
The teams shared an 18-all first-quarter tie before Varnum opened up a 28-25 halftime advantage. Earlsboro shifted the momentum, outscoring the 14th-ranked Lady Whippets 17-5 in the third quarter.
“We played really well in this tournament,” said Earlsboro coach Gary Anderson. “Our girls showed up and did a really good job.”
Earlsboro’s Megan Ashley netted a game-high 22 points, and teammate Brittany Coon supplied a baker’s dozen. Varnum was led by Tia Mitchell, Heather Satawake and Dakota Hamilton at 11 apiece.
The win pushed the Lady Wildcats to 15-2 on the season.
Earlsboro’s boys came up short in the consolation finals Saturday, falling to 7-11 on the year with a 66-53 setback to Maud’s Tigers. The Wildcats fell behind 18-4 in the first quarter, and trailed 33-22 at the break.
The Tigers got a game-high 17 points from both Talon Fletcher and Cody Brewer. Jason Brewer supplied 16.
Earlsboro was led by Ethan Bateman at 16, and Derick McCormick at 13.
Earlsboro will go to Tupelo Tuesday, and will host Strother Saturday for homecoming. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.