SULPHUR — Oklahoma School for the Deaf hosted the 35th annual Indian Classic round-robin tournament over the weekend.

SULPHUR — Oklahoma School for the Deaf hosted the 35th annual Indian Classic round-robin tournament over the weekend.

The tournament, which alternates host schools each year, featured free-throw and three-point contests, a couple parties and two days of basketball action with the Indian’s hosting Texas School for the Deaf, Arkansas School for the Deaf and Louisiana School for the Deaf.

The Indian Classic began with a little red river rivalry action Friday morning, with the Texas School for the Deaf Rangers facing off with the OSD Indians.

TSD, which has an enrollment over four times larger than OSD, swept the two opening games against the Indians’ boys and girls squads.

In the opening game of the tournament, the Lady Rangers’ swarming defense gave OSD fits, fueling TSD past the Lady Indians 48-10

TSD shutout the Lady Indians in the first quarter and got out to a 26-1 lead at half.

Despite the deficit, OSD fought until the end  with the Lady Indians diving for loose balls and hustling back to contest layups. In the third quarter the hustle began to pay dividends.

OSD’s Miracle Pearson got the Lady Indians going in the third quarter with an and-one after driving hard into the paint. Pearson scored four of her five points in the third quarter to cut the lead to 37-8 going into the fourth quarter.

OSD’s Jenita Felker hit a contested jumper to cut the lead to 40-10 early in the fourth quarter. Falker and Pearson led the Indians with five points in the effort.

The Rangers closed out the win with an 8-0 run to bring the game to it’s final score.


OSD Girls 40
LSD Girls 6

The Lady Indians didn’t let the taste of the blowout loss sit for long.

In their second game of the day, the Lady Indians roared back with a blowout win of their own, rolling past Louisiana School for the Deaf 40-6.

OSD got out to 9-2 lead in the first quarter and with a stifling defense, held LSD to just 6 points. 

OSD’s Miracle Pearson’s put Lousiana away with a strong second and third quarter where she scored 15 of her team high 23 points.

The Lady Indians went into the fourth with a 32-6 lead and completed the victory in style, pitching a fourth quarter shutout to win 40-6. 

OSD’s Emily Cavello scored five points, Grace Woodall scored four in the win.

TSD Boys 68
OSD Boys 32

The red river shootout portion of the Indian Classic yielded similar results for OSD’s boys varsity team.

Despite getting out to an early lead, a 17-0 TSD run in the first quarter proved to be too much for OSD to overcome as the Rangers rolled past the Indians 68-32, Friday.

After going down 22-4 in the first quarter, the Indians fought back in large part to an eight point scoring flurry by OSD freshman Isaiah Holt to cut the lead to 37-15 at half. Holt finished with 15 points in the game.

There would be no second half comeback for the Indians, as the Rangers went on a 23-7 run to put themselves up 60-22 after three quarters.

But in the fourth quarter the Indians managed to outscore the Rangers 11-8, with OSD junior Dylan Evans chipping in six points in the fourth quarter, two of which came of a alley-oop layup where Evans skied over the TSD defense on a throw in play. Evans finished with 11 points in the game. 


OSD Boys 48
LSD Boys 44

After the lopsided loss, OSD’s boys varsity team got back on track in the second game of the Indian Classic, rolling past the Louisiana School for the Deaf War Eagles 48-44. 

OSD got out to a 10-8 lead in the first quarter, but the War Eagles fought back with a 19-point second quarter to go into halftime with a 27-25 lead. 

LSD clung on to a 38-37  lead heading into the fourth quarter, but OSD locked the War Eagles down in the fourth quarter, limiting LSD to just 6 points.

WIth a smothering defensive fourth quarter, OSD came back to take the lead, in large part due to Dylan Evans who scored 9 of the Indians 11 points in crunch time. Evans hit a three to open the quarter, and later hit two big free throws to seal the win. 

Evans led the Indians with 28 points. OSD’s Isaiah Holt also had another big game, scoring 12 points in the win.