The Woodward News

March 8, 2014

Boomers drop games in area finals

Johnny McMahan
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — STILLWATER - Basketball season came to a close for Woodward High School on Saturday night.

Both teams lost in the Class 4A area consolation finals, coming up a game short of the state tournament.

The 9th-ranked boys fell to No. 3 Tulsa McLain 72-64 while the girls saw their charge through the elimination bracket end in a 72-25 loss to No. 6 Mount Saint Mary, the defending state runner-up.

Woodward jumped on McLain early and led by as many as 8 points in the first half, hitting 7-three pointers.

McLain, though, trimmed the deficit to 41-37 at halftime and eventually took its first lead at 51-49 with three minutes left in the quarter.

The game was tied twice more in the period before McLain took a 55-53 advantage into the final 8 minutes.

The Titans stretched the lead to 6 points early in the quarter and the Boomers battled back, closing to within four at 64-60 with 1:47 left.

McLain, though, was able to hit enough free throws down the stretch to hold the Boomers off.

Ty Richey led Woodward with 22 points, Kaleb Roach scored 13 and Garrett Owen 12. Kale Hixon added 9 points and Taylan Iliff 8.

Nick Foster had 24 to pace McLain.

The Boomers end their season at 23-4. Woodward had won four straight since a loss to Star Spencer in the regional tournament.

McLain was sent into the consolation bracket in an upset loss to Mannford on Friday.

The girls game was decided early as St. Mary scored the game's first 23 points and never looked back.

Woodward's first points came on two free throws by Hillary Hurst with 18.5 seconds left in the first quarter and the Boomers first field goal didn't come until Kameron Pope hit a trey at the 5:15 mark of the second quarter.

The Boomers trailed 37-9 at halftime.

Hurst led the Boomers with 16 points. Pope and McKenzie Hunter had 3 points, Shelbi Smithton 2 and Devre Newby 1.

Woodward finishes the season 10-17 and saw a 5-game winning streak in the regional and area tournament end.