Buzzer beater leads Chieftains over Redskins

Keven Scrutchins Contributing Writer

MCLOUD—Super Shemmario. With the game tied and the Senior Night McLoud crowd in a frenzy, Seminole's Shammario Stephens dribbled the ball coast to coast and hit a buzzer-beating layup to give the Chieftains a 68-66 win over the Redskins Friday night.

“We just try to get better every night and try and find a way to win,” said Seminole head coach Josh Edenborough. “We played hard and found a way to win in this trap game.” The Chieftains head to Ada tonight,

They found it, but had to overcome a heroic effort by McLoud's Chase Mahtapene. Seminole had no answer for the senior. He scored 35 points, hit three treys and went to the charity stripe 17 times, hitting 11 of them.

The game was close the entire way. Seminole built their biggest lead of the game in the first quarter, when Kason Clark hit his second trey of the frame with 2:03 left. Seminole led 15-8, but as they would do all night, the Redskins kept on fighting. Back to back buckets by McLoud made the score 15-12, Seminole, after the first quarter.

McLoud, in the second quarter, took their first lead after back to back buckets by Mahtapene and Landry Willis. McLoud led 26-23 with 3:00 left in the half and would be their largest lead of the night.

The Chieftains responded and took a slim 31-30 lead into the break.

The two teams played even in the third quarter and it looked like the Chieftains were going to pull away in the last minute and a half of the game. Clark, who led Seminole in scoring with 20 points, hit a layup with 1:28 remaining to up the advantage to 64-58.

That's when things really heated up.

Seminole's Adam Nance, who had limited minutes due to foul trouble, went to the line with 1:02 left and a chance to get the Chieftains to a three possession cushion, That didn't happen and on McLoud's next possession, freshman Tristan Crook was fouled in the act of shooting a three-pointer, and a Seminole player was given a technical foul with :50 left.

Crook hit all three free throws, then Mahtapene hit two more freebies from the technical foul. The lead was cut to 64-63 on the five made free throws., with no time elapsing.

Seminole hit two more free throws in the last :35 and Mahtapene hit one more to make the score 66-64, Seminole, with :19 left. The Redskins then beat the Seminole full court pressure as Crook scored a runner from the right side of the lane to knot the game at 66-66 with :07 left.

That led to Stephens last second layup to give the Chieftains the win and run their record to 16-3.

Stephens finished with 19 points and Trevor Brinker added 10 off of the Seminole bench.

Along with Mahtapene, Crook and Garrett Wilson each scored in double figures. Crook with 11 and Wilson with 10.

Lady Redskins 43, Lady Chieftains 34

In the girls game, the McLoud Lady Redskins used a 14-2 first quarter blitz to put Seminole in a hole they would never dig out of.

Katelyn Hoover scored six first quarter points and Callie Cardin added five for the Lady Redskins. On the defensive side of the ball, McLoud's 2-3 zone gave Seminole fits. The Lady Chieftains scored just one field goal in the quarter, on an Abby Carter jumper at the 2:32 mark.

After the first quarter, the two teams played fairly evenly. McLoud led 20-9 at the half and took a 32-23 lead into the final quarter. Nine points was as close as the Lady Chieftains would get.

Hoover led McLoud with 12 points while Cardin scored 11. Cheyanne Banks netted 10 for the Lady Redskins.

Seminole's Aubrey Kotchavar caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring all 13 of her points in the final frame. She hit three-straight treys for the Lady Chieftains during her scoring spurt. Carter also finished with 13 points.