The defending three-time Bishop Kelley Invitational Champions had to settle for third place Saturday afternoon in Tulsa after a loss to undefeated Shawnee in the semifinals. The No. 4 ranked Charles Page High School girls’ basketball team (4-2) bounced back from the defeat with a 75-62 overtime victory against the No. 20 Jenks Trojans (2-3).
The Sandites never trailed in the first period, but they couldn’t get away from the Trojans either, leading only 20-19 at the buzzer with their biggest first-quarter allowance of the season thus far. They were heavily out-rebounded and only came away with one steal, despite averaging 4.3 per quarter going into the game.
Holly Kersgieter scored the opening bucket and Isabella Regalado hit two from the charity stripe for a 4-0 start and took their biggest lead of the half with a three-pointer from Madison Burris to make it 7-2.
Sand Springs improved radically on rebounds in the second period and went 12-of-15 at charity stripe in the first half, but shot only 32% in the field and once again only secured one steal in the second period.
Jenks took their first lead of the game at 25-24, but it was short-lived after Regalado hit two free throws and a layup. By the end of the half the Sandites held a narrow 31-29 advantage that the Trojans tied with the opening basket of the third period.
The Sandites finally began to pull away in the third quarter, leading by five points on four occasions and as much as seven before the Trojans scored a free throw on a technical foul by Head Coach Tobey Nightingale, and followed it up with a three-pointer. Reagan Padilla ended the period with two free throws of her own, and the Sandites started the final stanza hot for a 51-41 advantage.
Their first double-digit lead soon evaporated as back-to-back deep balls kept the Trojans in contention and Sandite fouls tied the game up at 51-51 and 53-53 before Jenks pulled ahead once again at 57-53.
Jenks took a big hit when their starting center fouled out with 1:19 to play, and Kersgieter scored on a free throw and a steal by Johnson to make it a one-point game. She reclaimed the lead soon after with an assist from Burris, then Regalado was fouled on a rebound and made it 59-57.
Johnson fouled while rebounding Regalado’s second free throw, and Jenks tied it up shortly before time expired, sending the Sandites to their first overtime since the 2015-2016 season. The overtime period went as perfectly as possible for the Sandites, who won it 16-3 and ended the game on a ten-point streak.
The Sandites struggled to guard the forward positions, allowing 31 shots and nine goals from outside the arc. They also had a tough time scoring on the deep ball, going 1-of-11. They excelled at free throws, however, going 30-of-38, and are shooting 73% this season. They also returned to their normal selves defensively in the second half, with eight steals.
Kersgieter, a University of Kansas-commit, scored a career-high 38 points to lead her team for the fifth time this season, and was named to the All-Tournament Team for the fourth-straight year. Johnson was the only other Lady Sandite in double digits with thirteen points, though seven players made their way into the scorebook. Jacie Taber collected a team-high twelve rebounds for the second-straight game, and Burris snagged a team-best five steals.
Norman North and Shawnee headed home early to avoid winter weather, preventing the title game from being played, and both return to their regular schedules undefeated.
Sand Springs will return to action Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with a Frontier Valley Conference home game against No. 5 Bartlesville (3-1). The Trojans will travel to No. 16 Bixby (4-0) Tuesday.
CPHS 75 Jenks 62
1Q CPHS 20-19
2Q CPHS 11-10
3Q CPHS 15-12
4Q Jenks 18-13
OT CPHS 16-3
Free Throws: CPHS 30-of-38, Jenks 15-of-20.
Field Goals: CPHS 22-of-57, Jenks 19-of-58.
Offensive Rebounds: CPHS 16, Jenks 11.
Defensive Rebounds: CPHS 27, Jenks 17.
Total Rebounds: CPHS 43, Jenks 28.
Steals: CPHS 10, Jenks 8.
Blocks: Jenks 2.
Fouls: CPHS 17, Jenks 22.
(Sand Springs Stats)
Scoring: Kersgieter 38, Johnson 13, Regalado 9, Taber 7, Burris 4, Padilla 2, Jordan 2.
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 4, Taber 4, Regalado 3, Johnson 2, Jordan 2, Burris 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Taber 8, Johnson 5, Kersgieter 4, Regalado 4, Burris 3, Padilla 2, Hampton 1.
Total Rebounds: Taber 12, Kersgieter 8, Johnson 7, Regalado 7, Burris 4, Padilla 2, Jordan 2, Hampton 1.
Steals: Burris 5, Johnson 3, Regalado 2.
Assists: Burris 3, Johnson 2, Kersgieter 2, Jordan 1.
Fouls: Taber 4, Regalado 4, Johnson 3, Kersgieter 2, Burris 2, Padilla 2.