Bethel 58, Byng 41
BETHEL 20 8 17 13 — 58
BYNG 6 14 11 10 — 41
BETHEL: Kelli Adams 25, Brown 10, Freeman 8, Jordan Byers 6, Watson 4, Washburn 3.
BYNG: Brooke Harris 17, Britney Lee 11, Whitney Harris 6, Natalie Richards 3, Jalena Walker 2, Kayla Johnson 2.
3-point goals: Adams 2, Byers (Beth); Richards (Byng).
Fouled out: None.
NOTEWORTHY: The Lady Pirates fell behind by 14 in the early going but cut the Lady WIldcats lead to six with 4:45 left in the game before the comeback fell short. Byng committed eight first-quarter turnovers in the contest. Brooke Harris was strong in defeat for Byng, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds. Jalena Walker scored just two points but had six steals. Kelli Adams poured in 25 for Bethel, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A.
COACHES QUOTE: “Bethel is notorious for their full court man press, but really we handled their press fine, most of our turnovers early, were in the half court and were unforced. Brook Harris was really good last night. She carried us offensively. Jalena Walker did an outstanding job of handling the ball and had six steals. I came away again, disappointed that we lost but encouraged about how we played,” — Byng head coach Joe Neely.
Team Records: Byng 0-3; Bethel 3-0.
Up Next: Byng at Lone Grove Friday.
Coalgate 35, Tishomingo 29
TISHOMINGO 3 8 8 10 — 29
COALGATE 9 2 16 8 — 35
TISHOMINGO: Williford 12, Miller 8, Forrester 4, Colbert 4, Westberry 2
COALGATE: Mallory Walker 14, Teran Mixon 6, Shelby Austin 5, Becca Crow 3, Maurisa Girten 3, Jordan Helton 2, Josie Soukup 2
3-point goals: Miller (T), Crow, Girten (C)
Fouled Out: None
NOTEWORTHY: Mallory Walker scored all 14 of her points in the second half and added nine rebounds, and Teran Mixon had six steals to key a solid defensive effort as the fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Lady Wildcats overcame a horrific shooting performance to remain unbeaten on the young season. Coalgate was 0-for-11 from the free throw line in the first half and a miserable 9-for-29 for the game and shot just 34 percent from the field.
COACHES QUOTE: “We were about as ugly as ugly could be in the first half. We finally started getting the ball to Mallory in the second half, but we had a horrendous night shooting. I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty anytime. We played well, we just didn’t shoot well.” — Coalgate coach Jim Jenson.
Team Record: Coalgate 2-0; Tishomingo 1-1.
Up Next: Antlers at Coalgate Tuesday, Dec. 12 (Homecoming).
Coalgate 60, Tishomingo 41
TISHOMINGO 8 11 11 11 — 41
COALGATE 14 21 9 16 — 60
TISHOMINGO: Dillon Gray 12, Chandler Ned 11, Jeremy Ferguson 8, Darrell Fuston 4, Tanner Bryan 4, Billy Reinhart 2.
COALGATE: Luke Palmer 12, J. W. Stanley 11, Shawn Linton 10, Tyler Ennis 9, Steve DeLay 8, Jacob Sallee 6, Nevada Cole 4.
3-point goals: Palmer 3, DeLay 2, Sallee 2 (C), Gray 2, Chanler 2 (T)
Fouled Out: Bryan (T).
NOTEWORTHY: Coalgate used balanced scoring, led by Luke Palmer’s 12 points, to post the easy win. Palmer had four steals, Shawn Linton had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and J. W. Stanley added 11 points for the Wildcats, who evened their record at 1-1. Tyler Ennis chipped in with nine points and six rebounds for Coalgate.
COACHES QUOTE: “We played a lot better. We still have a lot of things we need to correct, but we had some guys step up off the bench and score, and that’s what we’re going to need in the future. Defensively, it was night and day from the first game. We played much better.” — Coalgate coach Taylor Wiebener.
Team Records: Coalgate 1-1; Tishomingo 0-2.
Up Next: Coalgate vs. Boswell,Thursday, noon at Madill Winter Classic.
Konawa 56, Latta 30
KONAWA 16 10 10 20 — 56
LATTA 11 6 5 8 — 30
KONAWA: Kelsey Howard 21, Chelsa Porter 11, Hilary Kuestersteffen 9, Jacklyn Nail 9, Rehea Grant 4, Sydney Stoup 2.
LATTA: Skyler Jenson 12, Molly McQuay 8, Tosha MacCollister 7, Keisha Williams 2, Caitlyn James 1.
3-point goals: Howard 5 (K)
Fouled Out: None.
NOTEWORTHY: Kelsey Howard hit five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points, and freshman Chelsa Porter had a career-high 11 points to lead Konawa to the impressive win over Latta. Howard was 5-for-8 from long range, and Porter scored nine second-half points after sitting for most of the first half with two early fouls. Another freshman, Kassandra McClain, had four steals, and Hilary Kuestersteffen and Jacklyn Nail had nine points apiece for the Lady Tigers in the win. Skyler Jenson had 12 points to lead Latta.
COACHES QUOTE: “Our half-court defense was better, and our press caused them problems. We never really got untracked defensively, and we got in foul trouble early. Chelsa Porter played a really good floor game, Kelsey shot the ball well, and Hilary did a good job against Skyler (Jenson) on defense.” — Konawa coach Gordon Garner.
Team Records: Latta 1-4, Konawa 2-1.
Up Next: Jones at Konawa Friday.
At Big 8 Conference Tournament
Stratford 76, Paoli 37
PAOLI 4 12 11 10 — 37
STRATFORD 15 15 21 25 — 76
PAOLI: Bradley Uhles 13, Mike Neeley 8, Garett White 8, Junior Valencia 5, Dakota Arthur 2, Matt Norman 1.
STRATFORD: Garan Qualls 27, Brian Carter 15, Adam Hinkle 10, Chase Devereaux 6, Joe Underwood 6, David Stoliby 5, Tony Ratto 3, Justin Hannah 2, Adam Vanlandingham 2.
3-point goals: Valencia, Neeley, White (P); Qualls 5, Underwood 2, Hinkle 2, Carter, Ratto (S).
Fouled out: Arthur (P); Stoliby (S).
NOTEWORTHY: The Pugs entered the game with an impressive 4-0 mark, but Stratford took control early with a 15-4 first-quarter run and blew by Paoli in the second half by outscoring the visitors 46-21. Garan Qualls poured in 27 points for Stratford but got solid support as nine different players reached the scoring column for the Bulldogs. Brian Carter had 15 poins and 12 rebounds. Stratford is looking for its fifth straight Big 8 Conference Tournament title.
COACHES QUOTE: “I thought we played pretty well. We have a long way to go but at least we have some guys look for some shots. That kind of frees Garan up a little bit. Everybody got to play. It was a pretty good opening game.” — Stratford head coach Mark Qualls.
Team Record: Stratford 3-0; Paoli 4-1.
Up Next: Stratford vs. Elmore CIty-Bray Doyle winner Thursday, 8:30 p.m.
NOTE: The Stratford Lady Bulldogs defeated Paoli 39-25 in another first-round matchup.
Latta 62, Konawa 39
KONAWA 4 13 12 10 — 39
LATTA 28 14 14 6 — 62
KONAWA: Kyle White 10, Lee Stoup 8, Tyler Henshall 6, Ethan Johnson 5, Andrew Barnard 4, Cylas Foster 4, Daniel James 2.
LATTA: Derek Cupps 26, Jeremi Correll 24, Mark Ernst 5, Dakota Roebuck 4, Logan Reed 2, Wacey Henderson 1.
3-point goals: Stoup, Johnson (K), Cupps 6 (L).
Fouled Out: None.
NOTEWORTHY: Derek Cupps went 6-for-10 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 26 points, and center Jeremi Correll had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Latta to the surprisingly easy victory. Latta point guard Dalton Brown didn’t score in the game but had eight assists and five steals for the Panthers, who began the week ranked No. 10 in Class 2A and played without starters Trevan Jimboy (anemia) and Chris Lutrell (ankle).
COACHES QUOTES: “I didn’t expect to do that, because they’re well-coached and tough, but we were pretty good defensively and made some shots, and things kind of got to going our way.” — Latta coach Donnie Husband.
“Latta came out and just dominated us in every facet of the ballgame. There weren’t too many positives on our side, other than we kept playing hard. We’ve just got to get better.” — Konawa coach Gordon Garner.
Team Records: Konawa 1-2, Latta 4-1.
Up Next: Jones at Konawa Friday, Byng at Latta Saturday.