Bree Phelps' 18 points helps girls win. Jimmy Bivings and Co. earn win with fast start.
SULPHUR — To achieve maximum success, Fox needs Bree Phelps to shoot.
A team comprised of freshmen, sophomores and junior Hannah Knox, Fox coach Mark Williams asks his underclass players to carry a larger role.
“It puts a little pressure (on me), but I know I need to do it,” Phelps said of her shooting. “I need to go out there and do the job.
“I practice shooting all the time so it eases the pressure.”
Fox used two baskets out of its high-low offense against Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s zone to mark the final lead change. Avery Hoggard’s presence helped Fox defeat OSD 47-27 on Monday in Sulphur.
Williams spoke of the need for Phelps to shoot well.
The Lady Foxes’ freshman point guard shot 2 of 8 from three-point distance in the first half — and 2 of 11 overall.
But she continued to shoot.
Fellow freshman Jada Newhouse hit a second-quarter 3-pointer to increase Fox’s lead to 20-12.
Hannah Knox’s jumper tied the game at seven. Also out of a high-low set, Hoggard added a jumper to give the Lady Foxes a 9-7 lead. She also added a free throw.
Williams said she missed much of the season due to an injury around her abdomen.
OSD’s Amanda Pack hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 12. That was the final tie. Pack, a senior, scored her five points in the second quarter to keep the Lady Indians within striking distance; Fox led 22-16 at half.
OSD senior guard Savannah Schlegel battled foul trouble all game. She committed her third foul at the 4:43 mark of the second quarter. With five points, she sat for the rest of the half.
She started the third period — but committed her fourth foul at the 7:44 mark.
She started the fourth quarter. She scored all nine of the Lady Indians’ points in the period en route to a team-high 14.
Phelps led all scorers with 18. She hit a couple two-point jumpers in the second half.
Fox, which earned its fifth win, pulled away in the third quarter. Newhouse scored three fast-break layups and a 3-pointer as the Lady Foxes won the period, 19-2.
Fox 5 17 19 6 — 47
OSD 7 9 2 9 — 27
Fox: Bree Phelps 18, Jada Newhouse 14, Ginny Knox 6, Shytanna Bivings 4, Avery Hoggard 3, Hannah Knox 2.
OSD: Savannah Schlegel 14, Amanda Pack 5, Dawn Sledd 4, Emily Cavello 2, Calise Cox 2.
Fox: 4 (Phelps 2, Newhouse 2)
OSD: 1 (Pack)
BOYS: Fox 63, OSD 41
Jimmy Bivings scored 11 of his team-high 13 points during the first quarter.
Four other Fox players scored baskets in the period, as the visitors raced out to a 19-point lead.
OSD’s struggles offensively precluded the hosts from rallying. Fox earned a 63-41 win to secure the sweep.
Payton Keithley, David and Drew Martin and Griffin Saunders — who hit a 3-pointer — all scored for Fox in the opening period.
Joseph Yahola scored the Indians’ initial second-period basket, but at the 3:24 mark of the quarter. He added two more field goals in the period. Michael Gordon also added a field goal as the home team scored 10 points in the quarter.
However, OSD struggled early in the period. The Indians got open looks from behind the arc; they didn't convert. Fox defenders drew one or two charges during the quarter.
Drew Martin added 12 for Fox (12-5).
David Martin added two points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Fox’s Joseph Mitchell buried a fourth-quarter jumper; the Foxes took a 54-23 lead into the last quarter.
Gordon finished with a game-high 19 points, 11 of them in the final period.
Fox hosts Thackerville at 6:30 p.m. today.
The Springer Cardinals will travel to OSD to take on the Indians today.
Fox 22 15 17 9 — 63
OSD 3 10 10 18 — 41
Fox: Jimmy Bivings 13, Drew Martin 12, Jacob Dart 11, Griffin Saunders 8, Preston Shepherd 5, Payton Keithley 4, Joey Rodriguez 4, David Martin 2, Dakota Martin 2, Joseph Mitchell 2.
OSD: Michael Gordon 19, Joseph Yahola 13, Eleazar Ledezma 7, Dylan Evans 1, Tyler Manek 1.
Fox: 8 (Bivings 2, Saunders 2, Drew Martin 2, Dart, Rodriguez)
OSD: 4 (Gordon 2, Ledezma, Yahola)