By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Fairview senior Olivia Mason was sick Saturday morning, hours before her fourth career Wheat Capital Tournament championship game.
By tip-off, she seemed just fine.
Mason scored a game-high 22 points, and Fairview won its fourth straight Wheat Capital title, avenging its only loss of the season in the process with a 51-34 win against Alva.
“I just had confidence,” said Mason, who by halftime had hit all seven of her shots for 18 points to Alva’s 19 as a team. “I wanted to get back at them, and I knew that I could hit some shots early and help put us up.”
“She’s something isn’t she?” said Fairview coach Mike Barton. “When she’s healthy, she’s one of the best around … She’s a special player.”
After Mason’s first-half exhibition, sophomore Baylor Reese had nine third-quarter points to give Fairview a 45-22 lead, a cushion large enough to sustain a 12-6 fourth quarter from the Lady Goldbugs.
Fairview’s fourth straight title puts the Lady Jackets in a club with Lomega and Chisholm as the only teams to win at least four consecutive championships in the 44-year history of the Wheat Capital Tournament. Lomega won nine straight from 1985 to 1993, and Chisholm won four in a row from 2001-04.
“That’s pretty special,” Barton said. “We talked about that this week, we were definitely aware of that.”
“The atmosphere is awesome,” said Mason, whose fond memories of the tournament include a 12-0 career record. “This gym is fun to play in, and the competition’s always good.”
Alva beat Fairview in the teams’ only other meeting of the season, topping the Lady Jackets 67-52 in Fairview.
“They really tore us up last game,” Mason said. “Our defense was horrible, so we knew we needed to help on (Alva’s) Jaden Hobbs a lot — that’s where most of their offense comes from — and we talked more on defense this time, and moved better. It was more of a team effort this time, not five individuals.”
Alva, which shot 61 percent in the first meeting, struggled against a much stiffer Fairview defense on Saturday, shooting 1-for-16 from three and losing 15 turnovers.
Hobbs still led Alva with 15 on five-for-10 shooting, but no other Lady Goldbug scored more than six.
“We just didn’t play very well (last game),” Barton said. “A lot of that was due to Alva, because they played so well, but we thought we could play better, so we weren’t worried about Alva, we were just worried about ourselves.”
Saturday’s star wasn’t as focused on just her own team.
“We played so badly the first time,” Mason said. “It’s been in my mind for two weeks. I’ve dreamt about it every night. I knew how badly we played, and I knew we could get them back if we just played hard.”
Kingfisher 47, Chisholm 38
Chisholm had three players in double figures, but Kingfisher beat the Lady Longhorns 47-38 to take third-place at the Wheat Capital Tournament Saturday at Paul J. Outhier Field House.
Megan Galusha scored 12, and Faith Mirelez and Kammi Gruber each added 10 for the Lady Longhorns (7-6), but Kingfisher’s 19-9 first quarter advantage held throughout.
Macy McAdam scored a game-high 15 to lead Kingfisher (3-6).
Blackwell 57, Perry 42
Blackwell won its second straight after nine straight losses to open the season on Saturday, keeping Perry at arm’s length throughout to win the Wheat Capital Tournament’s fifth-place game, 57-42.
Pioneer 59, Guymon 54
Pioneer took a 10-point halftime lead and held on in the second half Saturday against Guymon, securing seventh place at the Wheat Capital Tournament with a 59-54 win.
Shelby Flavell had game-high honors with 18 points and Lexsie Mann added 13 for Pioneer (5-6).
Guymon nearly clawed back in the second half behind double-digit scoring from Jahaira Marquez (16), Ashlyn Wadley (12) and Yajaira Rodriguez (10), scoring 23 in the fourth.