IDABEL – Five 3-pointers from Rileigh Rush weren’t enough as the Vanoss Lady Wolves dropped a 66-48 decision to Choctaw Central of Mississippi in the championship game of the Idabel Winter Classic on Saturday.

Vanoss, ranked No. 10 in Class 2A, left Idabel with a 12-2 record.

Rush finished with 16 points, followed by teammates Lizzy Simpson with 12 and Emrie Ellis with 11, including one trey.

However, a 19-11 second quarter and 18-5 third enabled Choctaw Central to take control. Choctaw Central led 22-18 after one period.

Kaedre Denson tallied 11 of her game-high 17 points in the second half to fuel Choctaw Central, which is the defending 3A state champion in Mississippi. Kyannah Grant followed with 11 points and Lachrisha Williams ended up with 10.

“That team is ridiculous. I feel like we played really good, but they’re just that good,” said Vanoss Head Coach Jonathon Hurt.

Ellis and Rush were named to the Idabel Winter Classic All-Tournament team.


Seventh Place

Marlow 42, Vanoss 32

Dawson Huddleson fired in a game-high 26 points as Marlow upended the Wolves for seventh place in the Idabel Winter Classic.

Sando Hill topped Vanoss (9-6) with 13 points, including a pair of treys, while Donovan Brown and Nathan Stone tallied six points apiece. Stone nailed two 3-point baskets.

The Wolves raced out to a 14-4 lead, but went through a cold spell and the Outlaws rallied to take a slim 21-20 lead at the half.

Marlow outscored Vanoss by a 21-12 margin in the second half, including 16-8 in the fourth quarter.

Both Vanoss clubs are off until hosting Roff Jan. 9 inside ECU’s Kerr Activities Center.

Vanoss girls whip

host Idabel

Lizzy Simpson poured in 17 of her game-high 20 points in the second half as the Vanoss Lady Wolves routed host Idabel, 54-35, Friday in the semifinals of the Idabel Winter Classic.

Simpson tallied 10 of her points in the third quarter off five successful field goals and was joined in double figures by Rileigh Rush with 13 and Emrie Ellis with 10. Rush knocked down three 3-point tries and Ellis landed two as Vanoss totaled seven treys on the night. Laramie Doffin had the other two in finishing with six points.

Leading 11-8 after one quarter, the Lady Wolves blew the game open with a 15-6 second quarter in taking a 26-14 halftime advantage and a 15-8 third in leading 41-22.

Shyra Smith topped Idabel with 13 points and Stevesha Cruse ended up with 10 in a losing cause for Idabel.


Texas High 80, Vanoss 46

Four players reached doubles figures as the Texas High Tigers thumped the Wolves in consolation bracket play Friday in the Idabel Winter Classic.

Caleb Wilson paced Texas High with 19 points, followed by Cole Drumm with 18, Kyle Wright with 13 and C.J. Kelley with 12.

Sando Hill fired in a game-leading 23 points for Vanoss as he also sank three 3-point shots. Riley Cooper followed with 10 points in a losing effort and Ryan Dennis ended up with eight, including a pair of treys.

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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.