Post Game Summaries 1/26/2018

Bixby Edged By Second-Ranked Bartlesville In OT

 

By Ron Holt

For four quarters, Bartlesville’s second-ranked Lady Bruins never led Bixby’s 12th-ranked Lady Spartans during a thrilling Frontier Valley Conference battle in Whitey Ford Field House last Friday night.

The unbeaten Bruins, however, scored the final six points in regulation for a 36-all tie and forced an overtime which Bartlesville dominated from the outset to subdue the pesky Lady Spartans, 49-42.

Bixby, 13-4 overall and 6-2 in the conference, will be tested again this week as the Lady Spartans visit Sand Springs Tuesday (Jan. 30) and entertain Owasso on Friday (Feb. 2).

The Lady Spartans played well on both ends of the court most of the game but were unable to put the Lady Bruins away after missing the front end of a one-and-one free throw with one-minute left and misfiring on a three-pointer and put-back in the final 15 seconds to send the game into overtime.

Bartlesville (17-0, 8-0) scored 12 straight points to take a 48-36 lead with 1:22 showing in the final session before Bixby rallied too late.

“We had two shots to win it, they just did go down,” Bixby head coach Tina Thomas said afterward. “I told them they competed hard and did exactly what I asked. There’s a reason Bartlesville was 16-0, they’re good and they came through at the right time.

“They got hot in overtime and my girls haven’t been in that situation so this was a good learning tool. Now, we’ve been in an overtime situation and we’re going to learn from it and move forward. Landry play well … we had a lot of girls play well tonight,” she added.

Bixby jumped out to a 7-0 first quarter lead and led 9-8 after one quarter. When freshman Landry Williams banked in a three-pointer with two seconds left the Lady Spartans went ahead 20-10 at halftime. Back-to-back late third quarter three-pointers by Williams kept Bixby out front, 30-22, going into the final stanza.

Williams led Bixby in scoring with 12 points, followed by Maddie Bittle with eight points, Sydnee Schovanec with eight, Dariann Myles with seven and Sarah Tyree with seven.

After a first quarter drought last Tuesday (Jan. 23) at Jenks, Bixby came to life in the second quarter in carving out a 46-35 victory over the Lady Trojans in Jenks’ Frank Herald Gymnasium.

Trailing 12-6 after one quarter and 16-12 with 4:20 remaining in the second quarter, Bixby outscored the hosts, 12-2, the rest of the period to lead 24-18 at intermission. The Lady Spartans methodically pulled away in the second half of the Frontier Valley Conference game.

“They showed the resiliency we’ve been talking about early in the game. We were getting good shots and they were taking good shots but they just weren’t falling,” Coach Thomas said. “I told them to have faith in all the time they’ve put in shooting when the shots aren’t falling.

“I thought they did a good job of running our offense when the long-range shots weren’t falling and got some easier shots that built up our confidence,” she added.

Schovanec had an outstanding game against Jenks as she led the Lady Spartans in scoring with 18 points and in rebounding with 16. Bittle contributed 16 points, followed by Myles with five, Savanna Stout with four, Kate Bradley with three and Tyree with two.

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