Henryetta drops home meeting with Bristow


Free-Lance Sports Editor


HENRYETTA - The Henryetta varsity basketball teams opened the second half of their 2017-18 campaign this past Tuesday against the Bristow Purple Pirates and Lady Pirates.

The HHS cage squads dropped the second-half opener to the visitors from Bristow.

The Lady Knights suffered a 46-27 setback in the opening contest, while the Knights watched a double-digit lead in the second quarter turn into a 52-47 loss in the nightcap.

The sweep kept the Henryetta squads winless in 2017-18 at 0-6.

The Henryetta cagers returned to action on Thursday afternoon with opening-round games at the annual Henryetta Invitational Basketball Tournament.

The Lady Knights began the 3-day event at 1 p.m. in a rematch against the Bristow Lady Pirates. The Knights will follow at 2:30 p.m. in a first-round battle with the Wilburton Diggers.

Wins on Thursday will put the Henryetta teams in the semifinal round on Friday. The Henryetta ladies would face the winner of Okmulgee and Meeker Friday at 4 p.m. while the Henryetta gentlemen would square off against the winner of Holland Hall and Poteau Friday at 8:30 p.m.

First-round losses on Thursday would put the Henryetta squads in the consolation semifinals Friday afternoon. If the Lady Knights were to suffer a setback on Thursday, they would battle the loser of Okmulgee and Meeker Friday at 1 p.m. If the Knights were to drop their first-round game on Thursday, they would take on the loser of Holland Hall and Poteau Friday at 2:30 p.m.

In Tuesday's girls game against Bristow, the Lady Knights jumped out to a 5-0 advantage in the opening frame. Bristow tallied the final six points of the quarter to grab a slim 6-5 lead at the end of the first eight minutes of action.

The Henryetta ladies regained the lead at 8-6 with the first three points of the second stanza only to see the visitors go on a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 13-8. The Lady Knights took the final minutes of the first half by a 7-5 margin to send the game into the halftime break with the Henryetta ladies trailing by three, 18-15.

The Lady Knights opened the third quarter with a 4-2 margin to make it a 20-19 contest. Bristow closed out the frame with a 7-0 run to lead 27-19 with eight minutes remaining in regulation.

The Henryetta ladies began the final frame with a pair of baskets to cut the deficit in half, 27-23, with 6:50 left in regulation.

That was as close as the Lady Knights came to a comeback, as Bristow went on a 19-4 run to hand the Henryetta squad the 46-27 setback.

Kaylie Hamric was the top scorer for Henryetta with a team-best nine points. Kim Fowler and Ashlyn Green were next for the Lady Knights with four points apiece.

The remainder of the points scored by the Lady Knights came on two points each by Kim Hage, Bayliegh Nye, Lexi Lollis, Emily Potter, and Bridget Williams.

MaKenzi Brown was the leading scorer for Bristow with a game-high 16 points.

In the boys contest against Bristow, the Knights kicked off the game with three-straight baskets for a 6-0 advantage. The Henryetta gentlemen built their lead to 12-4 midway through the opening quarter only to see the visitors end the frame with a 5-0 run for a 12-9 lead for the Knights after one quarter of play.

HHS began the second period with a 6-0 run for an 18-9 advantage.

Bristow cut the Henryetta lead to seven, 18-11, then the host Knights got back-to-back 3-point baskets by Jerad Fife for their biggest lead of the game, 24-11.

A 7-0 run by the Purple Pirates made it a 24-18 contest. Drew Brown's 3-point basket at 1:31 of the second quarter to push the Henryetta lead to seven, 27-18.

Bristow closed out the final 91 seconds of the first half with another 7-0 run to make it a 27-25 Henryetta lead at the intermission.

The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter with the visitors coming out on top 16-12 to take a 41-39 advantage, heading into the final stanza.

A basket by Colten Wion at 7:32 in the fourth knotted the score at 41-41. Bristow went on a 9-4 run for a 50-45 advantage with 1:41 remaining in regulation.

A basket by Daniel Bear with 49.2 seconds left in regulation cut the deficit to three, 50-47.

The visitors made two of four free throw attempts in the final 14 seconds to hand the Knights the 52-47 defeat.

Fife led the way offensively for the Knights with a team-high 14 points. Wion also reached double figures for the HHS squad with 10 points. Brown just missed double-digit scoring with nine, followed by Jarett Day with eight and Bear with six.

Bristow was led in scoring by Kyren Johnson with a game-high 30 points. D.J. Overstreet also finished in double figures for the visitors with 13 points.


Girls Game

Bristow 46, Henryetta 27

Bristow    - 6 - 12 - 9 - 19 (46)

Henryetta - 5 - 10 - 4 -   8 (27)

Bristow Scoring: MaKenzi Brown 16, Paityn Webb 9, Cambry Barnett 8, Summer Day 6, Mollee Mason 4, Kallie Inman 3.

Henryetta Scoring: Kaylie Hamric 9, Kim Fowler 4, Ashlyn Green 4, Kim Hage 2, Bayliegh Nye 2, Lexi Lollis 2, Emily Potter 2, Bridget Williams 2.

Free Throws: Bristow 6-10; Henryetta 5-11.

Three Pointers: Bristow 8; Henryetta 2.


Boys Game

Bristow 52, Henryetta 47

Bristow    -   9 - 16 - 16 - 11 (52)

Henryetta - 12 - 15 - 12 -   8 (47)

Bristow Scoring: Kyren Johnson 30, D.J. Overstreet 13, Hunter Ledbetter 5, Tyler Wayland 2, Tommy Evans 2.

Henryetta Scoring: Jerad Fife 14, Colten Wion 10, Drew Brown 9, Jarett Day 8, Daniel Bear 6.

Free Throws: Bristow 7-18; Henryetta 2-6.

Three Pointers: Bristow 5; Henryetta 5.

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