ENID, Okla. — PIONEER 47, GARBER 23 (Girls)
The Lady Mustangs used a strong second and third period surge to defeat Garber 47-23 Thursday in a girls semifinal game.
Trailing 7-5 after the first period, Pioneer (8-6) lit up the Lady Wolverines over the next two frames, outscoring Garber (8-9) 34-10 in pulling away for an easy victory.
With the win, Pioneer moves on to the girls championship game against top-seed, defending tournament champion Pond Creek-Hunter at 5:20 p.m. on Friday.
Bayli Koontz had a game-high 14 points for Pioneer, followed by Courtney Vaughn’s 13 points.
Garber was led by five players — Jessie Beebe, Shealyn Garrett, Kami Oller, Darryan Wedel and Amanda Wedel — with four points each.
The Lady Wolverines play Covington-Douglas for third place at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday.
POND CREEK-HUNTER 75,
COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 19 (Girls)
The top-seeded defending tournament champion Pond Creek-Hunter Lady Panthers remained unbeaten at 15-0 after another dominating performance in the girls semfinals, soundly beating Covington-Douglas 75-19.
Pond Creek-Hunter’s average margin of victory in its two Skeltur Conference Tournament wins has been 54.5 points, including its opening round 82-29 thrashing of Dover.
The Lady Panthers blew the game open early with a 26-6 first period and went into the halftime locker room up 50-15. Covington-Douglas could manage only four points in the second half, with all four coming in the final period after being shut out 18-0 in the third period.
Jade Jones matched her 23-point performance in the Lady Panthers’ opening round win with another 23-point outing Thursday against the Lady Wildcats. Rylie Halcomb added 17 points.
Covington-Douglas was led by Halie Kaiser’s eight points.
The Lady Wildcats play Garber for third place at 6:40 p.m. tonight.
Pond Creek-Hunter advances to the girls championship game against Pioneer at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday.
PIONEER 62, CIMARRON 43 (Boys)
In the Thursday nightcap, boys top-seed Pioneer defeated Cimarron 62-43 in the semifinals behind a game-high 26 points from Brandon McNaughton to advance to the title game.
The Mustangs (9-5) pitched a shutout in the opening frame, outscoring the Trail Blazers 13-0, but Cimarron (13-6) battled back in the second period to outscore Pioneer 23-9 and roar back for a 23-22 halftime lead.
However, the third period would prove to be the deciding frame as Pioneer came out of the locker room with purpose, blitzing Cimarron 24-9 to take a 46-31 lead into the fourth period and Pioneer was on its way to the win.
In addition to McNaughton’s 26 points, Colby Koontz added 16 points for the Mustangs, who will face Drummond in the boys championship game at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday.
Cimarron was paced by Mason Seelke’s 12 points and 11 from Cole Bergdall. The Trail Blazers play Pond Creek-Hunter at 4 p.m. Saturday for third place.
All the Skeltur Conference Tournament games can be heard on KCRC Radio (1390AM)