LOCUST GROVE Fort Gibson Junior Zoe Shieldnight scored 10 of her 15 points in the opening quarter Friday night, setting a tone for the Lady Tigers to take down the Locust Grove Lady Pirates, 69-41.
Locust Grove had beaten the Lady Tigers routinely over the last few seasons.
Shieldnight carried Fort Gibson (11-0) early, as their perimeter shooting started off cold. The junior controlled the inside game, leading a 10-2 run to close out the opening quarter as the Lady Tigers held a 17-8 lead.
“Zoe played a very good game tonight,” said Coach Jerry Walker. “She hit some big shots early and kicked the ball out when she needed to. She is as good of player in her position that there is around.”
Just as the Lady Pirates looked like they might make charge with a few quick buckets by Katy Hildrieth, Fort Gibson’s Alexis Wright turned on the heat. Wright poured in seven of her 10 points in the second quarter, including a top of the key three-pointer that led to a 12-3 run to close out the second quarter and 37-19 lead entering the half.
“It’s good to have Alexis back,” said Walker. “She is instant everything, instant offense, instant defense and a physical player. She adds a lot to our team.”
A stalemate third quarter kept the distance nearly the same with a 52-32 Fort Gibson edge entering the final period.
Kabree Edgmon finally found her shot from the floor in the fourth quarter as she hit three consecutive short jumpers to add to her game high of 16 points.
Wright finished with 10 points and eight rebounds on the night.
|FORT GIBSON 69, LOCUST GROVE 41 (GIRLS)|
|LOCUST GROVE – Katy Hildreth 11, Kathryn Mayfield 11, Macie Pierce 8, Makeana Wilson 3, Reagan Torray 3, Makenzie Pursley 3, Hailey Grass 2|
|FORT GIBSON (11-0) – Kabree Edgmon 16, Zoe Shieldnight 15, Alexis Wright 10, Ali Christie 8, Cailey Cunningham 7, Danielle Johnson 6, Kayci Glover 5, Laney Swink 2|
When four of your five starters post double digits, your team is normally going to have a good night. That is just what happened Friday night when the Tigers traveled into Pirate territory and took home a convincing 85-47 victory.
Junior Seth Martin led the way for Fort Gibson, with a double-double and game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds. Both marks are career best for Martin.
“Seth responded well tonight,’ said Tigers coach Gary Hendrix. “He played very well and that’s the kind of play we need from him.”
It all started out like roses for the Tigers behind Carson Calavan’s quick pair of 3-pointers to open the game. Rico Ybarra contributed seven of his 12 points in the first quarter to help out. Then Kyle Dortch slammed the door shut on the Pirates with his 15 foot jumper as the buzzer sounded to end the quarter and a 23-5 lead.
Dortch took over the second quarter with seven of his 18 points and controlled the paint on the defensive end as well, holding the Pirates ace Aaron Halpain to just six points in the first half.
“That might have been one of the best first halves of play we have had since I have been here,” said Hendrix. “We had a good run and everyone was hitting their shots.”
With Dortch gaining the inside attention, Martin took over. Martin dropped in 12 of his 23 points and pulled down six rebounds in the third quarter, leading the Tigers on a 32 point barrage and a 69-36 lead to end the third quarter.
Dorth and Calavan each finished with 18 points and three rebounds, Ybarra chipped in 12 points and Shepherd added eight points and five rebounds.
|FORT GIBSON 85, LOCUST GROVE 47 (BOYS)|
|LOCUST GROVE – Aaron Halpain 16, Patrick Vaughn 16, Brady Bendabout 6, Caden Bendabout 3, Max Dawson 3, Tyler Hurry 2|
|FORT GIBSON (11-0) – Seth Martin 23, Carson Calavan 18, Kyle Dortch 18, Rico Ybarra 12, Jace Shepherd 8, Zach Evans 2, Marco Ybarra 2, Chance Wafford 1, Andrew Rumbley 1|