Sand Springs - The Class 6A No. 11 ranked Charles Page High School Girls’ Basketball Team (12-5) improved to 8-1 in Frontier Valley Conference standings Tuesday night, fending off No. 8 Bixby 69-56 at the Ed Dubie Field House. Junior standout Destiny Johnson led all scorers with 26 points, followed by University of Kansas-commit Holly Kersgieter with twenty. Senior Maddie Bittle led the Spartans with twenty.
The Spartans (13-5, 6-3) came away with a steal for their first possession and drew first blood on a layup from Sarah Tyree, but Johnson was quick to give Sand Springs the lead with back-to-back two-pointers, followed by a three from Jacie Taber. Johnson scored her sixth point, then Taber logged her second assist on a three from Isabella Regalado for the double-digit lead.
Dariann Myles broke up the Sandites’ sixteen-point streak, but by the end of the first period the home team was up 19-10, led by Johnson with eleven.
The throttling continued in the second period as Johnson scored on a steal and Regalado rattled off three deep balls for a twenty-point advantage. The game evened out from there, and the teams maintained their distance till close to the end of the half. After trailing 40-16, the Spartans scored eight in a row to narrow the gap.
Tyree made a pair of free throws to kick off the second half. Madison Burris scored with an assist from Holly Kersgieter, Kersgieter scored four with an assist from Burris to make it 46-26, then the Spartans went on a run.
Sydney Page, Sydnee Schovanec, Myles, and Maddie Bittle scored fifteen in a row to make it a single-digit deficit for the first time since the first quarter.
Kersgieter drained a three to kick off the fourth period. Schovanec made a three-point play, then fouled out and sent Johnson to the line for a three-point play and a seven-point run that put the Sandites back in front a double-digit lead at 60-44 before Bittle scored on a layup. By then it was too late for a comeback, and the Sandites and Spartans exchanged blows till the clock ran out at 69-56.
Sand Springs will return to action Friday when they host No. 20 Sapulpa (10-8, 5-4) in the second installment of Highway 97 Rivalry. In December the Sandites trumped the Chieftains 60-48 in the third game of the season.
Bixby will have another tough competitor Friday when they host No. 4 Owasso (15-3, 6-3). The Spartans previously topped the Rams 52-36 in the season-opener. The Spartans are coming off back-to-back losses, however, while Owasso has won their last five games.
Undefeated No. 2 Bartlesville (18-0, 9-0) continues to rest atop the conference after knocking off both Sand Springs and Bixby last week.
CPHS 69 BHS 56
1Q CPHS 19-10
2Q CPHS 21-14
3Q BHS 17-10
4Q CPHS 19-15
Free Throws: CPHS 14-of-17, BHS 9-of-13.
Field Goals: CPHS 24-of-49, BHS 21-of-51.
Offensive Rebounds: CPHS 11, BHS 7.
Defensive Rebounds: CPHS 18, BHS 16.
Total Rebounds: CPHS 29, BHS 23.
Steals: BHS 8, CPHS 7.
Fouls: CPHS 12, BHS 15.
(Sand Springs Stats)
Scoring: Johnson 26, Kersgieter 20, Regalado 12, Taber 7, Burris 2, Berge 2.
Offensive Rebounds: Taber 6, Kersgieter 2, Regalado 2, Johnson 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 7, Johnson 4, Burris 3, Regalado 2, Taber 1, Presnell 1.
Total Rebounds: Kersgieter 9, Taber 7, Johnson 5, Regalado 4, Burris 3, Presnell 1.
Steals: Johnson 4, Taber 2, Kersgieter 1.
Assists: Taber 5, Kersgieter 4, Johnson 1, Burris 1.
Fouls: Taber 5, Kersgieter 3, Regalado 3, Pidilla 1.
Scoring: Bittle 20, Page 10, Schovanec 9, Myles 8, Tyree 6, Bradley 3.
Fouls: Schovanec 5, Bradley 3, Bittle 2, Tyree 2, Stout 2, Myles 1.
Frontier Valley Standings
9-0 No. 2 Bartlesville (17-0)
8-1 No. 11 Sand Springs (12-5)
6-3 No. 8 Bixby (13-5)
6-3 No. 4 Owasso (15-3)
5-4 No. 20 Sapulpa (10-8)
4-5 Jenks (9-9)
3-6 Broken Arrow (5-13)
3-6 Union (6-12)
1-8 Bishop Kelley (4-13)
0-10 Muskogee (2-17)