Sulphur, the No. 16 team in Class 4A, defeated Marietta on Friday and Wynnewood on Saturday. The boys team also earned a
SULPHUR — Call it an exclamation point.
Payton Row converted a runner as the third quarter expired, ultimately ending her highly productive night.
Sulphur’s shooting from three-point distance prompted Marietta coach Kyle Hunter to try everything defensively, he said. No matter what he deployed, Row found a way to exploit it.
Kacie West added 10 third-quarter points, as both Lady Bulldogs scored 21 points in Sulphur’s 67-30 win Friday.
Most — if not all — of Row’s 12 two-point field goals occurred in the lane.
Row described the win as an “exciting” one.
“I was really excited.
“I scored more than five points,” she said with a laugh. “Everyone worked really well together.”
The Lady Bulldogs’ active hands defensively yielded — unofficially — 10 first-half deflections. This included the Lady Indians’ initial possession, when Paige Lee disrupted Marietta’s offense to help Sulphur notch a steal. West hit a 3-pointer on the Lady Bulldogs’ ensuing possession.
West hit another triple, helping Sulphur build a 10-2 lead — and prompting Hunter to call a timeout about 2:25 into the game.
Marietta deployed three different zone defenses in addition to a man-to-man.
“We tried several different things defensively,” Hunter said, “but we couldn’t find an answer.”
Row found holes in the defense, no matter which scheme the Lady Indians utilized.
“There was lots of gaps,” Row said. “Everyone can drive. There was kickouts. West was wide open at the three-point line and she got her points.”
West, meanwhile, hit two 3-pointers in the first and third quarters. She added another triple in the second quarter.
After the first game against Davis, on Jan. 10 at Pete Byrd Sports Center, West said she played AAU for the past five years.
“I’m just trying to show everything I’ve got (during) my senior year,” West said. “Why not go all out and just give it my all?”
Paige Lee added 10 points and added a blocked shot — then went coast to coast, drew a two-shot foul and hit both free throws, improving the Lady Bulldogs' lead to 51-24 with 3:43 to play in the third quarter.
Due to Sulphur's shooting acumen, Hunter called timeout with 1:07 to play in the penultimate period to insert Mandy Sykora and Jazlyn White.
Ashley Bivens, Ivy Borders, Mishayna Gilmore, Kady Lynch and Makella Mobly started the fourth quarter for Sulphur. Todd went deeper into his bench with about four minutes remaining: Abby Beck and Macenzie Ruth subbed into the game. Twenty-two seconds later, Ruth scored a second-chance hoop.
Marietta 8 8 8 6 — 30
Sulphur 23 19 18 7 — 67
Sulphur: Payton Row 21, Kacie West 21, Paige Lee 10, Savannah Ashford 6, Abby Beck 5, Mishayna Gilmore 2, Macenzie Ruth 2.
Marietta: Ashley Flores 10, Briana Dewey 9, Logan Willis 4, Myranda Goodspeed 3, Sarah Manning 2, Mandy Sykora 2.
Sulphur: 7 (West 5, Lee 2)
Marietta: 5 (Dewey 3, Flores, Willis)
Sulphur 55, Wynnewood 35
In Sulphur on Saturday, the Class 4A No. 16 Lady Bulldogs outscored Wynnewood in three quarters en route to a 55-35 win.
Sulphur (16-3) coach Toby Todd praised his team.
“I’m very proud of the girls,” Todd said. “It’s hard to find energy and emotion on back-to-back games. We didn’t play our best game but found a way to win.”
Savannah Ashford paced Sulphur with 19 points. Row and West added 13 and 12, respectively.
Maisie Anderson hit three 3-pointers for Wynnewood.
Wynnewood 7 12 11 5 — 35
Sulphur 16 9 15 15 — 55
Sulphur: Savannah Ashford 19, Payton Row 13, Kacie West 12, Camren Hughes 6, Kady Lynch 3, Mishayna Gilmore 2.
Wynnewood: Alli Grove 10, Maisie Anderson 9, Jayden Smith 5, Chyanne Burden 4, Miah Smith 4, Caitlin Harmon 3.
Sulphur: 5 (Hughes 2, West 2, Row)
Wynnewood: 5 (Anderson 3, Harmon, M. Smith)
Boys: Sulphur 56, Wynnewood 49, OT
In Sulphur on Saturday, the host Bulldogs outscored Wynnewood by seven points in overtime.
By winning 56-49, Sulphur triumphed in its second consecutive overtime game, and improved to 2-1 in such contests.
John Jacobs buried four 3-pointers, including one in overtime, to pace Sulphur (12-6) with 14 points. Jacob Farrell scored eight of his 12 points in the opening quarter — and eight of the Bulldogs' 11 points in the period.
Cole Johnson hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help Sulphur rally from a 37-31 deficit entering the period.
Wynnewood shot 1 of 5 from the free-throw line in overtime. Sulphur shot 7 of 10 from the charity stripe in the four-minute extra session.
T.J. Grove and Zac Levy each scored 14 points to lead Wynnewood.
Wynnewood 5 17 15 9 3 — 49
Sulphur 11 10 10 15 10 — 56
Sulphur: John Jacobs 14, Jacob Farrell 12, Houston Haines 10, Jared Williams 7, Cole Johnson 6, Caleb Williams 5, Braezen Flood 2.
Wynnewood: T.J. Grove 14, Zac Levy 14, Karsten Mathis 12, Baron Odom 4, Jamey Williams 3, Keegan Moore 2.
Sulphur: 6 (Jacobs 4, Johnson 2)
Wynnewood: 4 (Levy 21 2, T.J. Grove, Williams)