The Woodward News

March 7, 2014

Boomer teams step closer to state tournament

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — STILLWATER - One more win is all that separates the Woodward High School basketball teams from the Class 4A State Tournament.

Both teams advanced into Saturday's area consolation finals with victories Friday afternoon at Stillwater High School.

The girls won a thriller, edging Classen 61-59 as Amanda Covalt scored at the buzzer. The boys, who got a buzzer-beater from Garrett Owen to win Thursday's game against Oolgoah 58-57, defeated Tulsa Webster 64-59.

The Woodward girls will face Mount St. Mary, a 58-43 loser to Weatherford on Friday night, in the area consolation finals at 6:30 p.m. The boys will face third-ranked Tulsa McLain, a 64-61 upset loser to Mannford on Friday night in the 8 p.m. contest.

Coach Kinzie Didier's Boomer girls team has found its offense in this area tournament, scoring 58 points on Thursday then a season best 61 against Classen.

They needed all of them to beat the 12th-ranked Comets, an explosive, athletic squad.

The Boomers came out fast and dominated play for most of the first half, leading by as many as 12 points and 29-22 at the break. The lead was still 10 points late in the third period, when Classen broke out on a 12-0 run to take it's only lead of the game, 42-40.

Devre Newby hit two free throws to close out the quarter, and the Boomers ran off 6 straight to open the fourth period.

Woodward built its lead to 8 points, but Classen worked its way back and closed to within a point, 58-57, with 34.5 seconds left. Covalt hit one of two free throws, but Classen's Kennedy Williams tied the game with 5 seconds left.

After a time out, the Boomers inbounded the ball to Kameron Pope, who worked her way through the Comet pressure and found Covalt, one of only two Boomer seniors, who had beaten the defense down the floor, for the game-winning layup, sparking a celebration on the sidelines and in the stands.

Covalt had a season high 23 points, including 13 in the first half. Hillary Hurst scored 25 points.

Newby added 6 points, Laren Garner 4, Shelbi Smithton 2 and Kaity Shoaf one.

Freshman standout Taylor Roberts led Classen with 26 points, but with the exception of a couple of steals, the Boomers made her earn them and forced her into several bad shots as well.

In addition to some tough defense, the Boomers held their own on the boards. Garner and Shoaf had some key offensive rebounds at critical times in the game.

Williams was also in double figures for Classen with 15 points.

Woodward now has a 5-game winning streak and 10-16 record overall.

Woodward's boys trailed Tulsa Webster 23-22 at the break, but took working control of the game in the third period with an 11-2 run.

Ty Richey hit a three-pointer to give the Boomers the lead for good, then Kale Hixon scored after a Kaleb Roach block.

Webster got a quick score, but back-to-back buckets by Hixon and one by Taylan Iliff off a pass from Owen made it 33-25.

The margin was 43-36 entrant the fourth period.

Webster briefly closed to within 2 points before the Boomers opened up a 58-49 advantage with about 3 minutes left.

Webster came right back to get within three points at 60-57 but missed a long three-pointer to tie, and the Boomers iced the game at the free throw line.

Richey had 19 points to lead three players in double figures. Iliff added 16 points and Hixon 14. Roach scored 8, Owen 6 and Micah Kee had a free throw.

Kortney Smith had 20 points to pace Webster.

The Boomers, ranked 9th, improved to 23-3 on the season.