The formerly undefeated Class 6A No. 1 Charles Page High School Girls' Basketball team (8-1) suffered their first defeat of the season in the first round of the Tournament of Champions Wednesday afternoon at the ORU Mabee Center, at the hands of 4A No. 8 Victory Christian (8-1).
The Sandites trailed 10-4 after the first quarter with a three-pointer from Isabella Regalado and a free throw from Destiny Johnson. They won the second period 11-8 but still trailed 18-15 at the half.
Johnson was the bread and butter for Sand Springs, kicking the second period off with a three-pointer. The Conquerors went on a six-point run before Johnson got her team back on the scoreboard. Gem Summers scored two for Victory then the Sandites closed out with six of their own, capped by a Jacie Taber steal and Johnson layup.
The Sandites continued their hot streak in the second half, kicking off the third quarter with steals from Johnson and Taber and back-to-back Johnson layups for their first lead of the game at 19-18.
After a Holly Kersgieter free throw it was the Conquerors' turn to run away with things, scoring eleven-straight points, capped by a three-point play from Rachel Carlis to end the stanza 29-20.
The fourth quarter wasn't any better for the Sandites and Victory pushed their lead to double digits for most of the period. They led by as much as 40-25 before Regalado sank a pair of free throws to end the game.
Johnson led all scorers with sixteen points, but was the only Sandite in double digits. Summers and Ruth Udoumoh had thirteen points apiece for the Conquerors.
The Lady Sandites will return to action Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. against 5A No. 1 Tahlequah (5-2) in the consolation bracket. The Tigers fell 49-30 to 4A No. 4 Muldrow (6-0) in their first round. Victory Christian will play Muldrow at 7:00 p.m.
VCHS 40 CPHS 27
1Q VCHS 10-4
2Q CPHS 11-8
3Q VCHS 11-5
4Q VCHS 11-7
Field Goals: VCHS 11-of-34, CPHS 9-of-44.
Free Throws: VCHS 17-of-27, CPHS 7-of-14.
Offensive Rebounds: VCHS 10, CPHS 10.
Defensive Rebounds: VCHS 28, CPHS 18.
Total Rebounds: VCHS 38, CPHS 28.
Steals: CPHS 9, VCHS 4.
Blocks: CPHS 5, VCHS 2.
Fouls: VCHS CPHS 20, VCHS 14.
(Sand Springs Stats)
Scoring: Johnson 16, Regalado 8, Kersgieter 3.
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 3, Johnson 2, Regalado 2, Presnell 1, Taber 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 5, Johnson 3, Presnell 2, Taber 2, Regalado 1.
Total Rebounds: Kersgieter 8, Johnson 5, Regalado 3, Presnell 3, Taber 3.
Steals: Kersgieter 4, Johnson 3, Taber 2.
Blocks: Regalado 3, Johnson 2.
Fouls: Taber 5, Presnell 4, Johnson 4, Kersgieter 2, Regalado 2, Burris 2.
(Victory Christian Stats)
Scoring: Summers 13, Udoumoh 13, Carlis 6, Wakley 6, Sanders 2.
Offensive Rebounds: Udoumoh 4, Wakley 3, Sanders 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Wakley 8, Summers 5, Sanders 5, Carlis 3, Udoumoh 3, Parker 2, Atkinson 1.
Total Rebounds: Wakley 11, Udoumoh 7, Sanders 6, Summers 5, Carlis 3, Parker 2, Atkinson 1.
Steals: Summers 3, Carlis 1.
Blocks: Summers 1, Wakley 1.
Fouls: Summers 4, Udoumoh 3, Wakley 3, Carlis 2, Sanders 2.