It wasn’t the prettiest game of the season, but the Class 6A No. 9 Charles Page High School girls’ basketball team (10-4) improved to 6-0 in Frontier Valley Conference play with a 52-41 Tuesday night win over Broken Arrow (2-10, 1-6). Junior standout Destiny Johnson led the way with 21 points, closely followed by University of Kansas-commit Holly Kersgieter with eighteen.
Johnson missed a pair of free throws to start the game, but took a rebound to the house to make up for it on the next possession. Kersgieter followed it up with a pair of field goals, then Isabella Regalado iced a three for a 10-0 lead.
That advantage quickly evaporated, however. Kinsey Callen and Aaliya Nascimento cut it to 10-5 by the end of the first quarter. Bree Berge hit a three-pointer to kick off the second quarter, but the Lady Tigers went on an eight-point run to tie it up. Berge scored again for the Sandites, then Callen hit another three for the Tigers’ first lead of the game, 16-15.
Johnson made a three-point play and Kersgieter hit a free throw. Callen and Kersgieter exchanges twos, then Callen hit a three for the 21-21 tie. Kersgieter hit another basket to bring her first-half total to ten, but Callen drained her fifth three of the night to take a 24-23 halftime advantage with seventeen points.
Nascimento added to the Tiger lead with back-to-back layups to start the third quarter. Johnson rebounded a blocked Regalado three to get the Sandites in the book, but the visitors held the lead for most of the period before Sand Springs closed out the stanza with eleven-straight points to end the quarter 38-33.
Sand Springs continued to pull ahead in the fourth quarter and reestablished their double-digit lead with a three-point play from Johnson. Callen hit a two, Johnson scored three more from the stripe, Jada Hvtch scored her first basket, then Kersgieter added two more free throws to finish up 52-41.
The Sandites keyed in pretty well on Broken Arrow’s deep ball in the second half, holding the Tigers to one three-pointer on nine attempts, but Nascimento picked up the slack and finished with fourteen points. Callen managed only one basket in the second half and finished with a team-high nineteen.
Sand Springs will take a week off before taking on their biggest test of the season at No. 2 Bartlesville (12-0, 6-0). The Bruins and Sandites are the top two teams in the conference and the only undefeated teams left. Broken Arrow will return to action Thursday against 5A No. 5 Booker T. Washington (8-4) in the first round of the Jenks-Union Tournament.
CPHS 52 BAHS 41
1Q CPHS 10-5
2Q BAHS 19-13
3Q CPHS 15-9
4Q CPHS 14-8
Free Throws: CPHS 15-of-20.
Field Goals: BAHS 17-of-34, CPHS 17-of-39.
Offensive Rebounds: CPHS 8, BAHS 7.
Defensive Rebounds: CPHS 18, BAHS 16.
Total Rebounds: CPHS 26, BAHS 23.
Steals: CPHS 12, BAHS 5.
Blocks: BAHS 2, CPHS 1.
Fouls: CPHS 9, BAHS 14.
(Sand Springs Stats)
Scoring: Johnson 21, Kersgieter 18, Berge 5, Taber 4, Regalado 3, Presnell 1.
Offensive Rebounds: Taber 5, Johnson 2, Burris 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Johnson 6, Kersgieter 5, Regalado 5, Taber 1, Burris 1.
Total Rebounds: Johnson 8, Taber 6, Kersgieter 5, Regalado 5, Burris 2.
Steals: Kersgieter 7, Johnson 2, Presnell 1, Taber 1, Berge 1.
Blocks: Kersgieter 1.
Fouls: Presnell 3, Taber 2, Regalado 2, Johnson 1, Burris 1.
(Broken Arrow Stats)
Scoring: Callen 19, Nascimento 14, West 3, Bowker 3, Hvtch 2.
Fouls: West 4, Hvtch 3, Gibbons 2, Bowker 2, Harding 2, Nascimento 1.
Frontier Valley Conference Standings
6-0 6A No. 2 Bartlesville (12-0)
6-0 6A No. 9 Sand Springs (10-4)
5-1 6A No. 12 Bixby (11-3)
3-3 6A No. 3 Owasso (9-3)
3-3 6A No. 19 Jenks (7-4)
3-3 6A No. 20 Sapulpa (7-7)
2-4 Union (3-9)
1-5 5A No. 20 Bishop Kelley (3-7)
1-6 Broken Arrow (2-10)
0-6 Muskogee (2-9)