CPHS Basketball: No. 3 Lady Sandites top Sapulpa 60-48, Kersgieter scores 28

University of Kansas-committed junior Holly Kersgieter scored a career-high 28 points in a rivalry win at Sapulpa. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

The Class 6A No. 3 ranked Charles Page High School Girls' Basketball Team improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play with a thrilling 60-48 rivalry win at No. 18 Sapulpa (0-1). The Chieftains fought heartily in their season opener before falling in a parade of free throws in the final minutes.

The Lady Sandites jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on their hosts before Sapulpa finally got on the board and by the end of the first period they had doubled down on their rivals 22-11. The Chieftain defense stepped up big from there and held the visitors to ten points in the second quarter, trailing 32-20 at halftime.

The home team won the third quarter 15-13 despite a nine point performance by University of Kansas-commit Holly Kersgieter and cut the deficit to 45-35 after four-straight points from Taylor Dement.

Sapulpa was in danger of winning the fourth quarter as well and cut the score as close as 50-43 before Destiny Johnson sent a crucial steal to Kimi Presnell who drew a foul. The junior starter made the first shot, missed the second, and Isabella Regalado rebounded it for the putback and double-digit lead. Kersgieter and Regalado combined for six more points to finish the evening out. 

Kersgieter finished the night with a career-high 28 points, shattering her previous best of nineteen. She also had nine rebounds, three steals, and four assists. Regalado also broke double-digits with thirteen points and five rebounds. 

The Lady Sandites will return to action this Thursday at the Bishop Kelley Invitational. They will take on the Tulsa Memorial Chargers (0-3) at 10:00 a.m. The winner will play Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the loser will play at 1:30 p.m. against either 5A No. 9 Claremore (2-0) or 5A No. 18 Bishop Kelley (0-2). The girls are the defending champions at the tournament, having won it the past two seasons straight.

CPHS 60 SHS 48

1Q CPHS 22-11
2Q CPHS 10-9
3Q SHS 15-13
4Q CPHS 15-13

Free Throws: CPHS 20-of-32, SHS 9-of-18.
Field Goals: CPHS 17-of-37, SHS 19-of-44.
Offensive Rebounds: CPHS 7, SHS 6.
Defensive Rebounds: CPHS 18, SHS 12.
Total Rebounds: CPHS 25, SHS 18. 
Steals: CPHS 12, SHS 7.
Blocks: SHS 1.
Fouls: CPHS 17, SHS 18.

(Sand Springs Individual Stats)
Scoring: Kersgieter 28, Regalado 13, Johnson 9, Presnell 7, Burris 2, Taber 1.
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 3, Regalado 1, Taber 1, Johnson 1, Burris 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 6, Regalado 4, Taber 4, Presnell 2, Johnson 1, Burris 1.
Total Rebounds: Kersgieter 9, Regalado 5, Taber 5, Presnell 2, Johnson 2, Burris 2.
Steals: Taber 4, Kersgieter 3, Regalado 2, Johnson 2, Burris 1.
Assists: Kersgieter 4, Taber 3.
Fouls: Johnson 5, Regalado 3, Taber 3, Kersgieter 3, Berge 2, Burris 1.

(Sapulpa Individual Stats)
Scoring: Dement 11, Thomas 8, Brooks 8, Osborn 6, Deshawnti Thomas 5, Delaney 4, Coon 2, Belveal 2, Poindexter 2.