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No. 11 Sulphur girls stop No. 1 Vanoss; Bulldogs lose to Wolves

Evan Grice
Sulphur’s Korie Allensworth goes up for a layup in transition Friday afternoon against Vanoss during the Heart of Oklahoma Tournament in Purcell.

PURCELL — One of the longest running and toughest tournaments in the state of Oklahoma is the annual Heart of Oklahoma Tournament in Purcell.
 

Sulphur’s basketball teams have been long time visitors of the tournament, and Friday brought both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs a matchup with Vanoss.
 

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were tripped up by the Wolves, while the Lady Bulldogs survived a physical contest to upset the No. 1 Lady Wolves by 10 points.
 

Girls
 

Sulphur 41 Vanoss 31
 

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
 

The Vanoss Lady Wolves learned this the hard way on Friday afternoon.
 

For the second year in a row, the No. 11 Sulphur Lady Bulldogs took down the Vanoss Lady Wolves as they won in a spirited semifinal contest, moving them to 15-0 on the season.
 

Vanoss entered the tournament as the No. 1 team in Class 2A.
 

Sulphur led wire-to-wire in the contest as the Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Vanoss cut it to 3-2 at the 5:21 mark of the first quarter.
 

But that was all the offense the Lady Wolves could muster in the first quarter as the Lady Bulldogs finished the frame on a 6-0 run to lead 9-2 going to the second.
 

Sulphur appeared to be on the verge of pulling away early in the second quarter at 11-2, but the Lady Wolves managed to stay in the contest.
 

Eventually the Lady Bulldogs took a 20-15 lead into the break.
 

Vanoss did manage to tie the game at 25-25 with 3:27 left in the third, but Sulphur grabbed the lead back and ended the third quarter with a 33-27 advantage.
 

The closest the Lady Wolves got in the fourth quarter was six points at 35-29, as Sulphur ended the game outscoring Vanoss 8-4 in the quarter.
 

Korie Allensworth led Sulphur with 19 points followed by Makella Mobly with 10 points.
 

Abby Beck added six points with Kady Lynch scoring four and Payton James putting in two points.
 

Boys
 

Vanoss 54 Sulphur 40
 

It was a tale of two halves Friday for the Sulphur Bulldogs.
 

Despite a solid first quarter and a lead going into halftime, the Bulldogs weren’t able to keep the momentum going as the Vanoss Wolves claimed the victory.
 

Sulphur led 15-4 at the end of the first quarter, before taking a slim 21-20 lead into the break.
 

Vanoss took the lead at 23-21 with 7:33 left in the third and never looked back as the Wolves led 39-29 after the third, before finishing the game on a 15-11 run in the fourth.
 

Tavius McDonald led the Bulldogs with 13 points followed by Reese Ratchford and TJ Todd each with eight points, with Cole Hammond scoring six, and Weston Arms scoring four points.
 

Sulphur opened the tournament Thursday with a narrow 48-44 loss against host Purcell.
 

Arms led the Bulldogs with 12 points followed by Ratchford with 11, with Hammond scoring eight points against the Dragons.
 

Todd added seven and McDonald added six points against Purcell.