It wasn’t a perfect game, but the Class 6A No. 13 ranked Charles Page High School girls’ basketball team (13-6, 9-2) utilized a fast start and a fourth-quarter resurgence to overcome Union High School (6-13, 3-7) Tuesday night on the road.
The Redskins scored first on a layup from Idalis Ortiz, but that was their only lead of the game. Isabella Regalado sank a three and Destiny Johnson hit two from the charity stripe to take the lead once and for all. Kimi Presnell hit a three, Johnson scored two more from the stripe, and Jacie Taber scored on a putback for a 12-7 advantage. Ortiz added another basket, then the Sandites went on an eight-point run to close out the quarter 20-9.
Union found momentum in the second quarter, riding an eight-point run into the second half to cut it to 25-19. The visitors led by as much as fourteen before the Sadie Moyer hit a pair of free throws to end the third quarter 36-31.
The home team may have won the middle two quarters, but the Sandites won the bookends and got back out front with a seven point run in the fourth before Moyer scored the only three of the night for Union. Kersgieter and Johnson combined for six more before Kaylen Nelson ended the game with a free throw.
The Sandites shared scoring duties in the first quarter with five players making their way in the book, but Kersgieter and Johnson were responsible for all 39 points in the next three periods. Johnson led all scorers with 23 points, while Moyer led the Redskins with fifteen. Kersgieter was the only other player in double-digits, putting up fourteen.
Sand Springs will return to action Saturday at the BOK Center with a 6:30 p.m. game against No. 3 Owasso (16-3, 7-3). The Sandites won the first meeting 49-42, but the Rams were missing key players at the time and are currently riding a seven-game streak. Union will travel to No. 19 Sapulpa (11-9, 6-5) Friday at 6:30 p.m. to try and avenge a 53-33 December loss.
CPHS 49 UHS 37
1Q CPHS 20-9
2Q UHS 8-5
3Q UHS 14-11
4Q CPHS 13-6
Free Throws: CPHS 20-of-22, UHS 8-of-12.
Field Goals: CPHS 13-of-36, UHS 14-of-44.
Offensive Rebounds: CPHS 9, UHS 7.
Defensive Rebounds: UHS 14, CPHS 13.
Total Rebounds: CPHS 22, UHS 21.
Steals: CPHS 6, UHS 4.
Blocks: CPHS 2, UHS 1.
(Sand Springs Stats)
Scoring: Johnson 23, Kersgieter 14, Regalado 5, Taber 4, Presnell 4.
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 4, Taber 4, Burris 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Taber 4, Johnson 3, Kersgieter 2, Presnell 2, Burris 2.
Total Rebounds: Taber 8, Kersgieter 6, Johnson 3, Burris 3, Presnell 2.
Steals: Johnson 2, Taber 2, Regalado 1, Taber 1.
Assists: Kersgieter 1, Taber 1, Burris 1.
Blocks: Johnson 1, Burris.
Union Scoring: Moyer 15, Nelson 8, Ortiz 8, Burgess 2, Majidi 2, Banks 2.
Frontier Valley Standings:
11-0 No. 2 Bartlesville (20-0)
9-2 No. 13 Sand Springs (13-6)
7-3 No. 3 Owasso (17-3)
7-4 No. 10 Bixby (14-6)
6-5 Jenks (11-9)
6-5 No. 19 Sapulpa (11-9)
3-7 Union (6-13)
3-8 Broken Arrow (5-15)
1-9 Bishop Kelley (4-14)
0-10 Muskogee (2-17)