By Wesley Coburn
The Okmulgee Lady Bulldogs earned third place in the 15th annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee County Tournament, held at Brock Memorial Gym last week. They took the bronze rafter defeating the Dewar Lady Dragons on Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs faced the Wilson Lady Tigers in the first round on Tuesday, sailing out to a 20-2 lead after one quarter and a 31-9 advantage at halftime. The final score was Okmulgee 56-23.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was Sahmeya King with 14 points, Myesha Cosby scored eight points and McKenzie James had seven. Wilson’s top scorers were Raven Shaw with nine points, Cheyenne Duggar with five and Emma Sparkman with three.
On Thursday night Okmulgee faced the Preston Lady Pirates in the semifinals. After one quarter Preston led 24-10, and they stayed ten to fifteen points ahead for the rest of the game, leading 35-24 at halftime and winning 63-50.
Okmulgee’s scoring was led by James and Kailey Ward each with 12 points, King had 11 points and Tierney Gardner added 10 points. Preston’s top scorers were Tecumseh with 13 points and Aaliyah Harrison, Eunice Leach and Ahmaia Tiger all with 10 points.
That sent Okmulgee into the third-place contest on Friday night against Dewar. The Lady Bulldogs stayed roughly fifteen points ahead of the Lady Dragons all night, beginning with a 29-16 first-quarter lead and 41-26 halftime advantage. There was a lengthy pause in the middle of the third quarter after Destiny Jordan got an elbow to the nose, bleeding all over the court, but that didn’t deter the Lady Bulldogs from their 67-43 victory.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was James with 21 points, Jordan scored 17, while Ward added 12. Dewar’s top scorers were Corbin with 14 points, sisters Savannah and Skye Been both scored eight points, and Keke Carter added five.
Okmulgee will get back into action on Friday, January 26, at home against Wewoka, the girls tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys immediately following.