By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
For the fourth time in as many years, the Fairview girls basketball team will play for a Wheat Capital Tournament championship.
The Lady Jackets held off an upset bid from tournament host Chisholm on Friday, beating the Lady Longhorns 54-40.
After taking a 15-5 lead in the first quarter, Fairview maintained a double-digit lead until the fourth quarter, when Megan Galusha stole the ball and raced the length of the floor for a layup and the foul to pull Chisholm within 37-28.
Kammi Gruber hit another plus-one layup on the following possession to make it 39-31, but Fairview shot 11-of-14 from the free throw line in the second half to keep the Lady Longhorns at bay.
“The last two years, (our free throw shooting) has won us a lot of ballgames,” said Fairview coach Mike Barton, whose team hit 23 of 28 attempts from the line in the game, including a 12-for-16 performance from Baylor Reese.
Reese scored a game-high 21, and Olivia Mason scored 10 for the Lady Jackets, whose only weakness on Friday was ball possession. Fairview finished with 17 turnovers, four of them on Galusha steals.
“Chisholm, they just played pressure man (to-man) on us, and one-on-one, they were taking it from us,” Barton said. “We just couldn’t make plays one-on-one. Hopefully tomorrow, we’ll be a little more focused, and those one-on-one mistakes, we’ll be able to handle the pressure tomorrow.”
Galusha scored 16 to lead the Lady Longhorns, and Kammi Gruber added 10 for Chisholm (7-5), which plays in the third-place game at 3:50 p.m. against Kingfisher.
Fairview (10-2) can take its fourth straight Wheat Capital championship at 6:30 p.m. if it can beat Alva, which secured its berth with a 52-38 win against Kingfisher on Friday.
Chisholm and Lomega are the only girls teams to win at least four straight titles in the tournament, now in its 44th year. Lomega won nine straight from 1985 to 1993, and Chisholm won four straight from 2001-04.
“Our fans, we really love this tournament,” Burton said. “We just like coming here.”
Alva 52, Kingfisher 38
Alva earned a berth in tonight’s girls championship behind another dominating performance from freshman Jaden Hobbs, who scored 21 points for the second consecutive game as the Ladybugs defeated Kingfisher 52-38.
Sixth-ranked in Class 2A, Alva raised its record to 10-1 and was the model of consistency scoring 12 points in the first, third and fourth periods, steadily wearing down Kingfisher which fell to 2-6.
Kingfisher was led by Hailey Matthews with 12 points.
Perry 35, Guymon 30
Perry found its stride late, doubling up Guymon in the fourth quarter (14-7) of the consolation semifinals to take a defensive game, 35-30.
Blackwell 56, Pioneer 55
Pioneer’s fourth-quarter rally fell just short in Friday’s consolation semifinal, and Blackwell’s girls won their first game of the season 56-55 to secure a berth in the consolation finals. Jennifer Arnold and Ireya Calderon tied for game-high honors with 14 points apiece to pace Blackwell (1-9), which led 47-49 after three quarters.
Shelby Flavell and Lexsie Mann each scored nine for Pioneer (4-6).
Today's boys games
11:50 a.m.: Guymon vs. Pioneer
2:30 p.m.: Perry vs. Chisholm
5:10 p.m.: Fairview vs. Kingfisher
7:50 p.m.: Blackwell vs. Alva
Today's girls games
10:30 a.m.: Pioneer vs. Guymon
1:10 p.m. Blackwell vs. Perry
3:50 p.m.: Kingfisher vs. Chisholm
6:30 p.m.: Alva vs. Fairview