The home Plainview Indians stepped up with strong defense and excellent free throw shooting with the game on the line to defeat the Broken Bow Savages 44-42 Saturday night in the championship of the Southern Oklahoma Classic.


The home Plainview Indians stepped up with strong defense and excellent free throw shooting with the game on the line to defeat the Broken Bow Savages 44-42 Saturday night in the championship of the Southern Oklahoma Classic.

It was the first championship won by a Plainview girls team in the annual tournament.

After leading through most of the game, the Indians’ 30-26 halftime lead vanished, and the Savages took a 36-33 lead to the fourth. After Plainview knotted the game at 38-all, a layup by Kati Weatherford with 2:30 remaining gave the Indians a 40-38 lead. They never trailed again.

“I can’t say enough about the way two underclassmen came through for us tonight during crunch-time,” Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said. “We’re continuing to improve. In fact, we’ve shown a lot of improvement since our tournament loss at the Bethel tournament over the first weekend of January.”

Free throw shooting became of tremendous importance, especially for Plainview down the stretch. Freshman guard Tierani Richardson hit both ends of a 1-and-1 at the line to stretch the Indians’ lead to 42-39 with 46 seconds remaining.

After a Broken Bow miss, Plainview (11-5) sophomore forward Abbie Wallace nailed both ends of her 1-and-1 opportunity to increase the lead to 44-39 with 33 ticks remaining. Wallace had a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds.

Broken Bow’s Rodneshia Broades knocked down a trey with about 6 seconds remaining to make it a 44-42 game. Following a Plainview 5-second inbound violation, the Savages had the ball underneath their own goal with 1.5 seconds left. But Skylar Burris missed a short jumper at the buzzer.

“We came back here and had a two-hour practice,” Bloodworth said. “And this hasn’t been the same team. I was especially pleased with the way the girls met adversity (Saturday) and fought back to prevail. It says a lot about our team and their desire to win.”

Plainview hit 55 percent from the floor to just 31 percent for Broken Bow. Plainview had a 26-16 lead, and its only problem was turning the ball over 22 times.

Tournament MVP Kristen Galles of Plainview had 12 points and 14 boards. Burris paced Broken Bow (14-2) with 14 points and five rebounds.

BOYS

Plainview 47, Idabel 29

Gary Inglett scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the host Plainview Indians to a 47-29 win over the Idabel Warriors Saturday night in the Southern Oklahoma Classic championship.

Plainview (14-2) smothered Idabel with a tough defense that limited them to just 13 field goals in 31 shots. The Indians were 18 of 38 (47 percent).

The Indians took a 9-4 lead to the second and increased that margin to 22-10 at intermission. And despite a strong showing in the early going of the third period by the Warrior defense, patience on offense allowed Plainview to take higher-percentage shots and pull away. The Indians owned a 19-11 third-period advantage and took a 41-21 lead to the fourth.

“We’ve basically said we’re going to hang our hats on our team defense,” Plainview coach Jeremy Stewart said. “It’s hard to score, especially with a team as well-disciplined as Broken Bow and Idabel are. Another thing we’ve done is to focus on not allowing our opponents offensive rebounds. So we’ve got four or five bodies hitting the boards on every shot by our opponents. We’ve been blocking out well. Great defense and excellent rebounding will get things done, especially with the caliber of teams we’ve played lately.”

The Warriors were limited to just three offensive rebounds and no second-chance points. Plainview held a 22-19 overall rebounding edge and picked up eight offensive boards from which came eight second-chance points.

Idabel (8-6) struggled with the Plainview offensive speed in the fourth. The Indians killed off more than 5 of the game’s final 8 minutes with good offensive ball handling and motion offense.

Michael Fagan had 15 points and four boards for the Indians. Dewey Whitaker paced the Warriors with 10 points, with Kendrick Willis adding nine points.