OKEMAH — Sixth-seeded Seminole’s bid for the Okemah Tournament championship came to an end Saturday when host and top-seeded Okemah took the honor with a 49-44 decision.
Seminole’s girls had a bad first quarter, getting down 15-7, then were outscored 16-8 over the final eight minutes. The Chieftains outscored Okemah 29-18 in the combined second and third quarters.
Freshman Holli Ladd headed Seminole’s scoring with 16 points. Junior Katyanna Andrews came through with 13.
Okemah had more free-throw opportunities, going 9-of-15, while Seminole was 4-of-7.
Sophie Turner of Okemah led all scorers with 22, nine of which came to the in the fourth quarter.
“She just took the ball to the hole,” Seminole coach Charles Kemp said of Turner.
Seminole, 4-1, defeated the tournament’s No. 2 and No. 3 seeds en route finals.
Hilldale knocked off Seminole 63-49 for the consolation championship.
Cepado Wilkins doled out 13 points to lead Seminole’s scoring. Hunter Wurtz canned three 3-point field goals in finishing with 11 points. Adam O’Daniel had eight.
Seminole earned just nine free-throw opportunities, hitting five. Hilldale was 13-of-18.
“We cut it to four points once in the third quarter but made some knuckleheaded mistakes and they went on another run,” Seminole coach Josh Edenborough said. “We’re young and growing. Hilldale is a really good team which will go deep in the playoffs. We struggled to shoot the ball, but I am proud of our fight because we never quit.”
The Chieftains are 3-2.
Both Seminole teams will entertain Chandler Tuesday, then travel to Wewoka Friday.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.