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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Tri-County Tournament Roundup — Friday

  • Pirates take out Wellston to reach tourney finals; Asher teams claim consolation crowns
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  • Pirates take out Wellston to reach tourney finals
     
    Dale’s Pirates, ranked fifth in Class 2A, picked up a game-high 16 points from Jace Wilkins in taking out Wellston 59-35 in Friday’s semifinals of the Tri-County Tournament at Oklahoma Baptist’s Noble Complex.
     
    Teammate Evan Anderson supplied 15 points.
     
    The Pirates led 18-7 after one quarter, and 36-16 at the half. Dale out-scored the Tigers 20-19 down the stretch.
     
    “We’ve been playing well and playing consistent, and we’ve just got to keep it up,” said Dale head coach Jeff Edmonson. “We got off to a real good start.”
     
    The win moves the Pirates into today’s 8:45 p.m. title game versus Allen. Allen defeated Wetumka, 67-49, in Friday’s other semifinals outing.
     
    Wilkins scored 14 of his total in the first half, and he added eight assists and three steals to his stats for the night. Anderson finished with five rebounds and five assists.
     
    Wellston was led by Kyle Miller and Michael Bailey at six points each.
     
    Wellston will face Wetumka at 6:15 p.m. today in the third-place game.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.
     
    Asher teams claim consolation crowns
     
    Asher’s girls’ and boys’ teams knocked off Macomb and Davenport, respectively, to claim the consolation crowns of the Tri-County Tournament at the Noble Complex at OBU Friday.
     
    In the girls’ final, Shelby Fleming scored 17, Tristan Milburn posted a dozen and Asher withstood a furious Macomb rally to escape with a 37-34 win.
     
    The Lady Indians went into the fourth quarter with a 30-20 advantage, but the Lady Hornets mounted a comeback led by Shania Pace that fell three points short.
     
    Pace led Macomb with nine points, including six in the fourth quarter.
     
    Fleming helped Asher jump out to an early lead, scoring 13 of her game-high 17 in the first half. Fleming cooled off after halftime, but fellow Lady Indian Haley Odell helped pick up the slack, scoring all six of her points on second-half treys.
     
    Asher fell 51-26 to Class A’s No. 18 Davenport in the first round of the tournament, but climbed back into the consolation final with a 45-31 decision over Wetumka Wednesday.
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    Macomb was a 47-28 loser to Earlsboro, but rode a thrilling 38-35 decision over Allen Wednesday into the consolation final.
     
    In the boys’ final, Asher jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead en route to dispatching Davenport 72-55.
     
    Zach Fowler racked up 18 points to lead the Indians, while Dalton Hockley scored a dozen in the first half on his way to 14 for the game.
     
    Caleb Dubler added 13 points and Tanner Andrews notched 10 for Asher, which is ranked eighth in Class B.
     
    Asher fell into the consolation bracket with a 60-57 opening round defeat at the hands of Wetumka, but regained its footing with a 66-37 walloping of Earlsboro Wednesday.
     
    Asher will take on Strother Tuesday, Jan. 29, to start a three-game homestand to close the regular season.
     
    Macomb will head to New Lima Jan. 29.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter.
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