SHAWNEE – The Texas and Oklahoma girls battled back and forth Saturday in the second ever girls game of the Faith 7 Bowl and the Oklahoma boys survived their Texas opponents, 117-111. The Texas girls edged Oklahoma 96-94 to narrowly avoid a repeat of last year's overtime finish and even the record at 1-1.
Tied at 11 early into the first quarter, Oklahoma rallied with an 11-3 run capped on a 3-pointer by Oklahoma MVP Haylee Swayze of Purcell to move ahead 22-14. The Oklahoma girls edged ahead 28-19 by the end of the first, but Texas fought back to keep things interesting.
Harrah star and Oral Roberts commit Erika Ankney hit a 3-pointer with 7:09 to break up a 14-3 Texas run to the 4:11 mark to lead 33-31. Texas' Ja'Kayla Bowie tied things up at 41 with a three-pointer just before the half and Kes Reeves landed one courtesy throw with 2.6 seconds left and Oklahoma went to the lockers with a 42-41 lead.
Dale's Claire Chastain won the halftime three-point contest and Oklahoma rallied to a 74-66 lead after the third as Swayze landed four treys.
Texas went on a 19-4 run and Oklahoma was never able to regain the advantage. Ankney scored on an assist from Chastain and RaVon Nero hit a free-throw to cut Texas' lead to 93-90 with 1:51 to go. Ankney and Swayze put in back to back buckets to get within one at 95-94 and Texas turned over the ball on a pass out of bounds with 24 seconds left, but Oklahoma was unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
Swayze led all scorers with 23 points, Ankney finished with 18 and Nero had 14.
Texas was led by MVP and Virginia Commonwealth commit Lauryn Thompson with 22 points. Bowie had 16, Destiny McAfee 15 and Mya McMillian 14.
The Oklahoma boys shot ahead 64-43 at the half on a 38-20 run in the second quarter and never gave up the lead.
Texas led 18-15 in the later minutes of the first, but nine unanswered points gave Oklahoma the last lead they needed in the game.
Trailing 91-76 early into the fourth, Texas tried to keep things interesting and managed to slightly close the gap throughout the quarter but couldn't get anything going with enough consistency to threaten the Oklahoma boys.
Latta's Trent Smith won the halftime slam dunk contest and was awarded the Oklahoma MVP with 26 points. Derrick Walters Junior had 17, Dalton Vinson had 16 and Morrison Wilson put up 14.
Texas' Jaquarius Harris led all scorers with 30 points as the Texas MVP, McKade Marquis had 17 and Michael Jankovich put in 15.