By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
1Q Sand Springs 10-9
2Q Sand Springs 21-11
3Q Sand Springs 19-10
4Q Sand Springs 12-8
Scoring: (Sand Springs) Pennington 20, Regalado 15, Mutiri 8, Kersgieter 7, McGee 6, Johnson 4, Taber 2. (Norman North) Brewster 12, Waters 8, Jacie Evans 6, Landreth 5, Base 4, Sturgell 2, Jessika Evans 1.
(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 2, Mutiri 2, Regalado 1, Pennington 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 5, Taber 4, Regalado 3, Mutiri 3, Johnson 1, McGee 1, Pennington 1, Wilson 1.
Steals: Kersgieter 5, Pennington 3, Johnson 2, McGee 1, Taber 1.
Assists: Kersgieter 5, Pennington 3, Johnson 1, McGee 1, Taber 1, Regalado 1.
Fouls: Taber 4, Pennington 3, McGee 3, Johnson 2, Mutiri 2, Kersgieter 1, Regalado 1, Boaz 1.
Undefeated at 5-0, the Charles Page High School girls basketball team has more than earned their No. 5 ranking after winning their four game this season against a ranked opponent, and four-straight games by 24 points or more. Senior Oklahoma State University softball-signee Sydney Pennington led her team to a 62-38 victory over the No. 13 Norman North Timberwolves (3-1) with 20 points to win the Bishop Kelley Invitational for the second-straight year.
Things didn't start out as lopsided as they ended, and Sand Springs used a timeout at only 2-2 after the girls gave up several turnovers to start the game. The pep talk seemed to work as the girls pushed ahead to a 10-4 lead before the Timberwolves fought back with three-pointer from Lindsey Waters and a pair of free throws from Taylor Landreth.
The Lady Sandites held a close 10-9 lead going into the second quarter, but outscored their opponents 21-11 for a solid halftime lead. Pennington started off the period with a two, followed by a pair of free throws from junior Ohio State volleyball-commit Gloria Mutiri. Emma Base hit a two for the T-Wolves, but Mutiri sank two more freebies and a two of her own. Sophomore Isabella Regalado hit a goal to make it 20-12, Waters sank a pair from the charity stripe, then Regalado hit two free throws, a three, and a two to make it 27-14. By the end of the half the Sandites were up 31-20.
Norman North came out of the half fired up and Jacie Evans scored three straight to make it 31-24. Sophomore Holly Kersgieter hit back-to-back twos, followed by a pair of free throws from senior Kierra McGee. The lopsided scoring continued until the Sandites held a 50-30 advantage going into the final stanza.
Pennington started the fourth with back-to-back layups, sophomore Jacie Taber scored a two of her own, then Pennington added another to bring her total for the evening to 20. Lilith Brewster cut into the lead with a pair of twos, but Regalado added another three and McGee pushed the lead to 62-34. Norman North got to cut into the deficit a little bit, ending with three points from Landreth and one from Jessika Evans for a final score of 62-38.
Pennington was named the Tournament MVP and Kersgieter made the All-Tournament team as well. Pennington was also on the All-Tournament team last year.
Sand Springs basketball will return to action Tuesday in Broken Arrow when the girls take on the No. 11 Lady Tigers (2-0) and the boys (0-2) battle the No. 10 Tigers (4-1).