Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Behind 22 points from Colby Koontz, the Pioneer Mustangs powered past host Chisholm 64-54 in the opening round of the Wheat Capital Tournament Thursday at Chisholm’s Paul Outhier Fieldhouse.
Koontz was one of three Pioneer players in double figures, joined by Brett McNaughton with 21 points and Patrick Williams with 14 points.
Pioneer trailed 16-13 after the first quarter, but turned the deficit into a 24-20 advantage at halftime and never trailed again, raising its record to 6-3 on the season.
Chisholm (3-5) was led by Danner Kiernan with 20 points and Austin Grieshober with 16 points.
Pioneer moves on to the winner’s bracket semifinals at 5:10 p.m. today against Kingfisher, which defeated Perry 53-30.
Jace Sternberger (17) and Gatlin Squires (11) combined for 28 points as the Yellowjackets remained undefeated at 3-0.
Sternberger was dominant inside as he had 15 points after three quarters to give Kingfisher a 40-23 lead. Squires had nine of his 11 points in the second half.
Jacob Albritton, despite having four fouls in the first half, led Perry in scoring with 12 points.
Chisholm plays Perry in the consolation bracket semifinals at 2:30 p.m.
The other boys winner’s bracket semifinal will feature the other first-day winners, surprising Blackwell and Alva at 7:50 p.m.
Alva, one of the tournament favorites, easily dispatched Guymon 55-35 to reach today’s semifinals.
The 16th-ranked (5A) Goldbugs took a 32-15 lead at halftime and never were tested in the second half, coasting to a 55-35 win.
Lane Madsen paced the 16th-ranked Goldbugs with 21 points and Riley Hess added 13 for Alva, which improved to 7-3 with the win. Derek Portillo led Guymon with 19 points, but was the only Tiger that scored in double figures. Guymon (4-4) had a three-game win streak snapped in the loss.
Defending tournament champion Alva will face Blackwell in today’s nightcap at 7:50 p.m. after the Maroons suprised 17th-ranked (2A) Fairview 46-38 to advance to the boys winner’s bracket semifinals in a rematch of last year’s boys championship game.
Wheat Capital Tournament
Kingfisher 54, Perry 36
Alva 63, Guymon 38
Chisholm 65, Blackwell 40
Fairview 53, Pioneer 23
10:30 a.m. — Perry vs. Pioneer
1:10 — Guymon vs. Blackwell
3:50 — Kingfisher vs. Fairview
6:30 — Alva vs. Chisholm
Kingfisher 53, Perry 30
Alva 55, Guymon 35
Blackwell 46, Fairview 38
Pioneer 64, Chisholm 54
11:50 a.m. — Guymon vs. Fairview
2:30 — Perry vs. Chisholm
5:10 — Pioneer vs. Kingfisher
7:50 — Alva vs. Blackwell
Fairview and Guymon will meet at 11:50 a.m. in the boys consolation semifinal.
Alva, Chisholm advance in girls bracket
The Alva Ladybugs, like their boys counterpart, had no trouble with Guymon in the opening round, routing No. 18 (5A) Guymon 63-35 as Jaden Hobbs scored 21 points and Lora Riley added 14 for the No. 2-ranked (3A) Ladybugs.
Alva stormed out to a 22-4 first-quarter lead and never trailed to improve to 10-0.
The Ladybugs will meet host Chisholm in the girls winners bracket semifinals at 6:30 p.m. after the Lady Longhorns crushed Blackwell 65-40 in their opening round game on Thursday, blitzing the Lady Marrons 22-4 in the fourth quarter with the help of four players — Nicole Middleton (13), Kaylee Petersen (13), Megan Galusha (11) and Emily Raynor (10) — in double figures.
Blackwell will face Guymon at 1:10 p.m. today in the consolation bracket. Joining Alva and Chisholm in the girls winners bracket will be Kingfisher and Fairview.
Kingfisher advanced with a 54-36 victory over Perry.
Hailey Matthews (18 points) and Brooke Boeckman (13) both hit four three-pointers as the Lady Jackets easily advanced to the semifinals.
Madison York joined Boeckman and Matthews in double figures with 15 points. Chelsea Deterding was the lone Lady Maroon in double digits with 11 points.
Boeckman had three treys in the first period as Kingfisher raced out to a 19-8 lead and never looked back.
Kingfisher will meet Fairview at 3:50 p.m. today. Fairview advanced with a dominating 53-23 win over Pioneer to reach the semifinals, taking a 30-11 halftime lead and never looking back, easing into the second round behind 15 points from Taylor Cell and 12 from Sadie Mason. Andi Simunek led Pioneer with seven points.
Perry will play Pioneer in the consolation bracket at 10:30 a.m.