Okmulgee cage squads take home meeting with Okemah

Okmulgee junior guard Sahmeya King (11) drives to the basket in the first half of Tuesday’s home meeting with Okemah.
(Larry Owen, Times staff)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

OKMULGEE - The Okmulgee varsity basketball team came away with a clean sweep of the Okemah Panthers and Lady Panthers here this past Tuesday evening.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 9-3 on the year with a hard-fought 40-36 victory over the Lady Panthers in the opening contest at historic Brock Memorial Gymnasium.

In the nightcap, the host Bulldogs earned their third-straight win of 2018 with a decisive 83-52 throttling of the visiting Panthers. The one-sided win puts the Okmulgee gentlemen at 7-4 on the year.

The Okmulgee cage squads will return to action this evening with a trip to Sperry for a regular-season showdown with the Sperry Pirates and Lady Pirates. Friday's action will kick off with the boys contest at 6:30 p.m. followed by the girls game at approximately 8 p.m.

The OHS squads will close out the week at home on Saturday, hosting the Catoosa Indians and Lady Indians in the final meeting of the home-and-home series between the two schools. Saturday's home contest will get underway with the girls game at 5 p.m. followed by the boys contest at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Following Saturday's home battle with Catoosa, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will compete at the annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee County Basketball Tournament next week at historic Brock Memorial Gymnasium. The Okmulgee ladies earned the second seed in the tournament on the girls side and will begin tournament play Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against the Wilson Lady Tigers. The Okmulgee gentlemen, who are the defending tournament champions, were awarded the top seed in the tournament on the boys side and will begin defense of their tournament crown Tuesday at 9 p.m. against the Schulter Bulldogs.

In Tuesday's girls contest, the Lady Bulldogs led 11-5 after one quarter of action. Okemah took the second stanza by an 18-7 advantage to send the game into the halftime break with the Okmulgee ladies trailing by five, 23-18.

The Lady Bulldogs regained the lead at 34-28 with eight minutes remaining in regulation after outscoring the visitors 16-5 in the third period.

The Okmulgee squad led 37-33 late in the final frame when Okemah's NaTaiya Wilson drained a 3-pointer at 1:26 to make it a 37-36 contest.

Destiny Jordan's layup with 39.1 seconds left gave the Lady Bulldogs a 39-36 advantage, then McKenzie James made one of two free throws with 14.6 seconds remaining in regulation to put the finishing touches on the hard-fought 40-36 victory for the Okmulgee ladies.

James led all scorers with a game-high 16 points. Jordan also reached double figures for the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points. Sahmeya King was next in the scoring department for Okmulgee with six, followed by Katie McKinney with four and Kailey Ward and Tierney Gardner two each.

Wilson was tops in scoring for Okemah with eight points, followed by Jacie Harelson with seven.

In the boys game on Tuesday, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first period when Okemah went on a 7-2 run to send the game to the second stanza with Okmulgee in front by five, 15-10.

Both teams tallied 17 points in the second quarter to keep the Bulldog lead at five, 32-27, at the intermission.

The Okmulgee gentlemen turned a close contest into a 58-37 advantage by taking the third period by a 26-10 margin.

With the score at 65-44, in favor of the Okmulgee squad, the Bulldogs closed out the blowout win with an 18-8 run to walk away with the 83-52 decision.

Devion Nelson finished with a game-high 20 points to lead all scorers. The senior was joined in double-digit scoring by Matt Camacho with 14, Anfernee Nelson 13, and Keishawn Gardner 12. Jacob Barrett was next in the scoring column for the Bulldogs with eight, followed by Melic Jefferson with six, including a one-handed slam dunk in the fourth quarter, and DeAndre Jones with four. Lewis Camacho and Armando Rodriguez knocked down back-to-back 3-point baskets to close out the Okmulgee scoring in the fourth period to round out the OHS scoring.

Okemah was led in scoring by Cade Dean with 15, followed by Matt Fullbright with 12.

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