Henryetta cagers remain winless after home sweep

Henryetta freshman Lexi Lollis (24) attempts to block the shot of Eufaula’s Macayla Needham during Tuesday’s basketball contest at the Henryetta Event Center. Assisting on the play is Bridget Williams (34).

(Photo by RODNEY HALTOM, Indian Journal)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

HENRYETTA - The Henryetta varsity basketball teams remained winless on the season following a home sweep Tuesday evening by the Eufaula Ironheads and Lady Ironheads.

The losses to their McIntosh County foes put both HHS squads at 0-8 on the year, heading into Friday's road game at Kellyville.

Friday's contest with the Kellyville Ponies and Lady Ponies will get started at 6:30 p.m. with girls action, followed by the boys game at approximately 8 p.m.

Following Friday's trip to Kellyville, the Henyryetta squads will travel to Okmulgee next week to compete in the 15th Annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee County Basketball Tournament. The Knights and Lady Knights will begin tournament play on Monday evening against the Pirates and Lady Pirates of Preston. The girls first-round game will take place at 7:30 p.m., followed by the boys game at 9 p.m.

In the girls game on Tuesday, the Lady Knights were unable to get going offensively in the first period, being limited to just a field goal by Kaylie Hamric. Eufaula did not have any trouble putting up points in the opening quarter, as the Lady Ironheads tallied 18 points in the frame for a 16-point advantage after the first eight minutes of action.

The Henryetta ladies found their offense in the second period, tallying 13 points in the frame. Eufaula put up 15 points in the quarter to send the teams to their respective lockerrooms with the host Lady Knights trailing by 18 points, 33-15, at the intermission.

The Lady Knights were outscored by identical 19-7 margins in the second half to come on the short end of a 71-29 outcome.

Hamric led the offensive charge for the Henryetta ladies, finishing with a team-best 11 points. Kim Fowler and Bridget Williams were next in the scoring column for the Lady Knights with four points apiece, followed by Kim Hage and Bailey Davis with three points each. Danielle LaSarge and Bayliegh Nye rounded out the HHS scoring with two points apiece.

Eufaula had four players reach double figures in the contest, led by Journi James with a game-high 20 points. Kiaya Burns was next for the Lady Ironheads with 11, followed by Ashley Mills and Macayla Needham with 10 points each.

As a team, the Lady Knights tallied 11 field goals - all from inside the 3-point arc - and were 7 of 13 at the free throw line in the contest. Eufaula went 11 of 20 at the charity stripe and knocked down a total of 31 field goals, including eight 3-point baskets.

In the boys contest on Tuesday, the Knights were edged 15-14 in the opening period, then took the second stanza by a 13-12 margin to send the game into halftime with the score knotted at 27-27.

The third period proved to be the difference in the outcome of the contest, as the Henryetta gentlemen were held to just one field goal - a basket by Colten Wion - in the frame, while Eufaula tallied 15 points in the quarter to take a 42-29 lead into the final eight minutes of regulation.

The Knights attempted to overcome the poor shooting of the third quarter in the final stanza, but were outscored 17-15 in the final period to fall to the visiting Ironheads by a 59-44 margin.

Wion led the Knights in scoring in the home contest, finishing with 12 points. Drew Brown just missed double-digit scoring for HHS with nine. Other Henryetta scorers against Eufaula were Daniel Bear with six, Jarett Day, Pepper Logan, and Avery Moore with five each, and Jerad Fife with two.

Eufaula's top scorer was Kobe Warrior with a game-high 19 points. Warrior was joined in double digits by John Bailey and Dylan Anderson with 18 and 11, respectively.

Both teams sank 17 free throws during the contest. Henryetta was 17 of 25 from the charity stripe, while Eufaula made 17 of 27 attempts.

The Knights knocked down a total of 12 field goals, including three 3-point baskets, while the Ironheads connected on a total of 19 field goals, including four 3-pointers, in the contest.

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Girls Game

Eufaula 71, Henryetta 29

Eufaula    - 18 - 15 - 19 - 19 (71)

Henryetta -   2 - 13 -   7 -   7 (29)

Eufaula Scoring: Journi James 20, Kiaya Burns 11, Ashley Mills 10, Macayla Needham 10, Jordan Jones 8, Jaci Combs 3, Morgan Parish 2, Jaci Nixon 2, Chelsea Marshall 2, Allie Reeb 2, Kiauna Burns 1.

Henryetta Scoring: Kaylie Hamric 11, Kim Fowler 4, Bridget Williams 4, Kim Hage 3, Bailey Davis 3, Danielle LaSarge 2, Bayliegh Nye 2.

Free Throws: Eufaula 11-20; Henryetta 7-13.

Three Pointers: Eufaula 8; Henryetta 0.

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Boys Game

Eufaula 59, Henryetta 44

Eufaula    - 15 - 12 - 15 - 17 (59)

Henryetta - 14 - 13 -   2 - 15 (44)

Eufaula Scoring: Kobe Warrior 19, John Bailey 18, Dylan Anderson 11, Jonah Davis 9, Jase Pippenger 2.

Henryetta Scoring: Colten Wion 12, Drew Brown 9, Daniel Bear 6, Jarett Day 5, Pepper Logan 5, Avery Moore 5, Jerad Fife 2.

Free Throws: Eufaula 17-27; Henryetta 17-25.

Three Pointers: Eufaula 4; Henryetta 3.

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