By Wesley Coburn
The Morris Lady Eagles earned fifth place in the 15th annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee County Tournament last week, defeating their archrival Henryetta Lady Knights in the consolation championship.
Tuesday’s first round matchup saw Morris going up against the Dewar Lady Dragons, and it opened as a back-and-forth affair, MHS leading 13-11 after eight minutes and tied at 25 at halftime. Dewar gained the upper hand in the third quarter, leading 36-31 with eight minutes to play, and in the fourth their shots fell while the Morris shots didn’t, as the Lady Eagles fell 55-39.
Charie Barnett led Morris with 16 points, Madyson Lewis scored 11, and Kyzia Wizenhunt added four points. For Dewar, Skye Been had 20 points, Savannah Been had 16 point, with Morgan Britt and Skyler Randall both contributing eight.
The Lady Eagles then faced the Schulter Lady Bulldogs in the losers bracket on Wednesday. The outcome was almost instantly decided; Morris led 23-3 at the end of the first quarter, and 38-6 at halftime. The final score was Morris 64-15.
Barnett led the Lady Eagles with 17 points, Emily Wallace scored 15 points, Barnett had 14 points, and Treysa Clay added seven. Malachi Hedrick scored 12 for Schulter, with the other three coming from Abby Earhart.
Friday night’s fifth place game started out with ten straight Morris points, and the Lady Eagles held a 19-6 first-quarter advantage over the Lady Knights. 42 fouls were committed in this clash, which is to be expected. At halftime Morris’ lead increased to 39-14, and by the end of the third quarter the score was 51-28. The final score ended up with Morris winning 67-38.
Lewis led the Lady Eagles with 25 points, Barnett had 17 points, and Katie Pinkston scored eight. For Henryetta, Kyla Green scored 14 points, Kaylee Hemric scored 11 points, and Kim Hayes had six.
The Morrii and Henryetta boys also played for fifth place, and it went to overtime before Henryetta finished off a buzzer-beating comeback in the extra period with the 76-70 victory.
For Morris, Joe McBride scored 21 points, Brett Beard had 18 points, and Trenton Kelley scored 12. For Henryetta, Pepper Logan and Jarrett Day both scored 14, while Colten Wion and Avery Moore scored 13 each.
The Eagles and Lady Eagles host Henryetta on Tuesday, January 23, with the girls tipping off at 6:30 p.m. and the boys tipping off at 8 p.m.