The Bishop Kelley Invitational hosts took on the two-time defending tournament Champions Saturday evening in the semifinals, and the Class 6A No. 3 ranked Sand Springs Lady Sandites (5-0) prevailed 53-31 over 5A No. 18 Bishop Kelley (1-3) to continue their undefeated start to the season.
Things started out well for the home team as Gracie Ritchie gave her team the first points of the game. Destiny Johnson scored on a throw in from Kimi Presnell to tie it, but Jacie Taber sent Amy West to the line for a free throw and Macy Craig made it 5-2 soon after. Presnell was next in the scorebook and Johnson added two more for the first Sandite lead of the game. A Cat Easterling free throw briefly tied it at 6-6, but the Sandites went on a nine point run to end the first quarter with a 15-6 lead thanks to ten points from Johnson.
University of Kansas-commit Holly Kersgieter made her first field goal to start the second quarter, Easterling and Meaghan Cyr cut it to 17-10, then Sand Springs went on an eight-point run with threes from Kersgieter and Presnell and a putback from Johnson. Easterling scored a free throw then Kersgieter finished the half off at 27-11.
Isabella Regalado made her way onto the scoreboard to kick off the second half, Amy West and Kirstyn Stecker retaliated, then Presnell hit her second three-pointer of the night. Sophomore Madison Burris capped the third quarter for the Sandites to double Kelley at 36-18.
Johnson started off the fourth quarter with a two, Kersgieter scored two from the charity stripe, then Johnson took a steal to the house to make it 43-18, finishing the night with a game-high sixteen points. Kersgieter was right behind her with fifteen as the only two players in double digits.
Regalado hit a pair of threes, broken up by a three from Cyr, then Ashlee Bunch scored a two just moments after clocking in for the first time. The home team went on an 8-2 run from there with Burris adding two more points for Sand Springs. Ellie Davie got the final points of the night for the Comets.
Bishop Kelley split the scoring up fairly equally, with Cyr and West leading the team with six apiece. Davie, Stecker, Easterling, and Ritchie all had four.
Sand Springs will play in the tournament finals Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. against fellow undefeated No. 8 Norman North (5-0) who was held to a season-low 27-16 victory over No. 17 Shawnee (2-2) in the semifinals. Last year Sand Springs beat a thirteenth-ranked Norman North team 62-38 in the finals. The Comets will play Shawnee at 4:00 p.m. for third place. Shawnee defeated Bishop Kelley 51-35 in the opening round of the tournament last season.
CPHS 53 BKHS 31
1Q CPHS 15-6
2Q CPHS 12-5
3Q CPHS 9-7
4Q CPHS 17-13
Free Throws: CPHS 4-of-5, BKHS 6-of-17.
Field Goals: CPHS 22-of-49, BKHS 12-of-34.
Defensive Rebounds: CPHS 17, BKHS 16.
Offensive Rebounds: CPHS 9, BKHS 8.
Total Rebounds: CPHS 26, BKHS 24.
Steals: CPHS 8, BKHS 3.
Blocks: BKHS 3, CPHS 1.
Fouls: CPHS 17, BKHS 10.
(Sand Springs Individual Stats)
Scoring: Johnson 16, Kersgieter 15, Regalado 8, Presnell 8, Burris 4, Bunch 2.
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 4, Taber 2, Regalado 1, Johnson 1, Burris 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Johnson 7, Regalado 3, Kersgieter 2, Presnell 2, Taber 1, Burris 1, Berge 1.
Total Rebounds: Johnson 8, Kersgieter 5, Regalado 4, Taber 3, Presnell 2, Berge 1.
Steals: Kersgieter 2, Johnson 2, Presnell 2, Burris 1, Mong 1.
Assists: Taber 2, Kersgieter 1, Regalado 1, Johnson 1, Presnell 1, Berge 1.
Blocks: Johnson 1.
Fouls: Taber 4, Kersgieter 3, Johnson 3, Regalado 2, Presnell 2, Burris 1, Berge 1, Bunch 1.
(Bishop Kelley Individual Stats)
Scoring: Cyr 6, West 6, Davie 4, Stecker 4, Easterling 4, Ritchie 4, Craig 2, Miles 1.
Fouls: Cyr 3, Davie 2, Ritchie 2, Stecker 1, Easterling 1, Craig 1.