Oglesby helps Howe shoot past Perkins-Tryon

Howe standout Jalei Oglesby erupted for a game-high 30 points to led the Lady Lions to a 61-50 victory over Perkins-Tryon in the third-place game of the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic Saturday night inside ECU’s Kerr Activities Center.

The Class 2A fourth-ranked Howe Lady Lions rode the effort on both ends of the floor on Saturday from Jalei Oglesby in the third-place game of the 41st Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.

Oglesby collected a game-high 30 points while also collecting six steals and three blocked shots as Howe registered a 61-50 victory over the 4A fifth-ranked Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons on East Central University’s Wayne Cobb Court in the Kerr Activities Center.

She was also named to the all-tournament team in helping the Lady Lions improve to 9-3 on the season. Oglesby also pulled down a game-leading eight rebounds, four on each end, to go with four assists. She was also 12-of-26 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line.

The Howe playmaker scored the most points in the tournament, finishing with 74 in three Mid-America games.

Each team shot 37.3 percent. In fact, each were 19-of-51 from the floor, but Howe connected for three more 3-pointers and managed to get to the charity stripe and shoot successfully. The Lady Lions were 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) while Perkins-Tryon was just 4-of-7.

Howe also forced 16 turnovers in piling up 10 steals. The Lady Lions committed just six miscues on the night.

Kennedi Cooper tallied nine points to go with four rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists for Howe. Justyn Lynn and Zoe Nation followed with eight points apiece. Lynn had four boards and a steal as well while Nation had five rebounds and a pair of assists.

Raygan Holder and Alice Stevenson paced the Lady Demons with 12 points each. Kycen Dunivan followed with nine points before fouling out and Colie Larson chipped in eight points, four boards and four assists.

Holder was 4-of-8 from long range and Larson connected for two 3’s for Perkins-Tryon.

The Lady Lions lead by a slim 28-27 margin at the break, but outscored the Lady Demons 33-23 in the second half. Howe actually trailed 21-14 after the first quarter.

To start the third quarter, the Lady Lions got on a roll, scoring 12 of the quarter’s 14 points. Cooper popped in a 3-pointer and Oglesby executed a layup to make it 33-27. After Dunivan hit a layup for the Lady Demons, Oglesby scored the next seven points for Howe to help the Lady Lions built a 40-29 cushion. She hit two jumpers in the paint, a layup and a free throw during that span.

Perkins-Tryon did trim the deficit to six by the end of the third quarter off Kailynn Belcher’s trey.

Howe then outscored the Lady Demons 21-16 in the fourth.

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Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.