Lady Bulldogs nearly perfect in 61-29 win over Oak Grove
Third seeded Lady Bulldogs played exceptional basketball Monday night in the quarterfinals of the Class 4 District 13 tournament in Oak Grove. Odessa faced sixth seeded Oak Grove and put the Lady Panthers away early on their way to a 61-29 win.
Lady Bulldogs started the game with a 10-0 run fueled by six Oak Grove turnovers. By the end of the first quarter, Odessa held a 16-2 advantage.
While Oak Grove struggled with ball security in the first half, Odessa was nearly flawless. The Lady Bulldogs did not turn the ball over for the first time in the first half until the 1:27 mark of the second quarter. Odessa moved the ball and got good shots on offense. On defense, the Lady Bulldogs challenged every shot Oak Grove attempted. And the 13-1 turnover advantage Odessa took to the locker room at half translated to a 28-9 lead at the break. Read more in The Odessan.
Melisa Williams...had 11 points and four steals off the bench in Odessa's 61-29 win over Oak Grove Monday night.
Bulldogs drop Panthers in overtime thriller 56-55
Odessa and Oak Grove played an instant classic Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Class 4 District 13 tournament on the Panthers' home floor.
Fifth seeded Oak Grove held a 12-7 advantage after the first quarter. Bulldogs had chances on offense but couldn't convert. Empty possessions thanks to seven first-quarter turnovers didn't help either.
A slim four-point lead for the Panthers moved to five with 4:16 remaining in the half when Dakota Hearn made one of his two free throws. But over the final 4:16, Odessa revved it up on defense and held the Panthers scoreless while going on an 8-0 run to close out the half. Josiah Bennett laid in a put-back before Colby Nickels scored in transition after Oak Grove's eighth turnover of the half for the final two baskets of the run.
Fourth seeded Odessa built on the 21-18 halftime lead in the third. But the 32-25 lead quickly vanished when Austin Blackston led an 8-0 run to give the Panthers a 33-32 advantage by the end of the quarter. As the fourth quarter wore on, it was clear neither team was going to be able to get away and stay away. With the game tied at 43, Bennett was thrown the ball in the lane. When the defense collapsed, he kicked the ball out to Cody Behrman on the left wing, and the junior sharp shooter drained the three with 1:17 remaining. Oak Grove drew to within one on Blackston's layup with 26 seconds showing. On the ensuing possession, Calieb Bennett was fouled and sent to the line for a one-and-one. He missed the front end which gave the Panthers a chance to win it. With no timeouts, the ball wound up in the hands of Blackston, who was trying to get out of a double team. But C. Bennett was whistled for a foul as he was trying to knock the ball loose with 2.9 seconds left. Blackston went to the line in the double bonus situation with a chance to win the game, but only the first shot found the bottom of the net to send the game to overtime. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs crush Excelsior Springs
Odessa won their final regular-season game February 27. Excelsior Springs went quietly 60-32. Visiting Lady Bulldogs held a slim 8-4 lead after one quarter of play, but a 19-3 run by Odessa broke the contest open in the second quarter.
"We came out and played well," said head coach Bud Nelson. "We were really slow to start with that eight-point first quarter, but we came alive and things started to go our way. This was the way we hoped to finish the regular season." Read more in The Odessan.
Dowell places second at AT&T American Cup
Brenna Dowell, a senior at Odessa High School and future Oklahoma Sooner, competed Saturday in the 2014 AT&T American Cup in Greensboro, N.C. Dowell scored a second place finish. Elizabeth Price, the only other American in the eight-woman field, won the All-Around with a total score of 59.966. She won the vault, uneven bars and balance beam and placed second on the floor exercise. Dowell finished second on the vault, third on the uneven bars, seventh on the balance beam and sixth on the floor exercise to post a total score of 57.532.
Williams, Bass power Odessa to the win
Hannah Williams' 17 points and five rebounds and Raven Bass' 13 points and five rebounds powered the Lady Bulldogs to a 60-39 win over Van Horn February 25. Odessa controlled the game in both halves, leading 41-19 at the break and outscoring the Lady Falcons 28-19 in the second half.
"We played a strong game," commented head coach Bud Nelson. "Our defense was not very good, though. We let their point guard dribble the floor and score 20 points. This would not work against any other team. Kylin Grubb struggled through the night, but Hannah and Raven picked up the slack on the scoring end. Erica (Fieth) shot 100% from the field and did not have a turnover. Annie Walsh, Maddy Hall and Morgan Kleoppel came off the bench and played well." Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa gets 21-point win
Odessa capped its regular-season schedule February 27 with a 75-54 win over Excelsior Springs. The win moves the Bulldogs' overall record to 11-14 and puts them in the win column for the third time in their last four games.
"We started strong again and led 33-19 at half," Mike Elliott, head coach, said. "We really controlled the boards, grabbing 46 rebounds as a team. Josiah Bennett led us with 12 rebounds. Cameron Hilbrenner had 11. We also shared the ball well, totaling 20 assists in the game as a team." Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs take out Van Horn
Odessa jumped on Van Horn early February 25. Bulldogs led 20-9 at the end of the first quarter then took a 35-18 lead at intermission. Odessa stretched the lead to 21 by the start of the fourth before letting off the gas a little in the final quarter to record a 62-48 win.
"We got off to a fast start," Mike Elliott, head coach, said. "Our presses bothered them, and we had many successful trips on the offensive end." Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers win sectional
Wellington-Napoleon boys basketball team advanced in state play with a convincing 56-40 sectional round win over North Andrew Tuesday night in Liberty.
W-N jumped to a 26-14 halftime lead. They were up 42-31 after three quarters before pulling away for the victory. Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers win district title in a nail-biter
Tristan Green...scored a team-high 17 points while pulling down 11 rebounds against the Bobcats.
Top seeded Wellington-Napoleon had to fight its guts out Saturday to win the Class 1 District 13 championship, but that's the way it should be this time of year. Third seeded Braymer had opportunities to close out the Tigers in the fourth, but Wellington-Napoleon would not be denied and pulled out a 63-61 win in front of a packed gymnasium in Polo.
Both teams came out with a lot of energy in the first quarter. Tigers, however, did the better job of controlling that energy while shooting well from the outside. Tristan Green, Levi Banner and Dallas Reynolds each hit a three-pointer in the first quarter to combat Braymer's inside game. Wellington-Napoleon also converted on extra possessions thanks to five first-quarter turnovers by Braymer to lead 19-14 at the end of one.
Second quarter was a slug fest. After the Bobcats tied the game at 20, the Tigers got baskets from Reynolds and Drew Bunch 27 seconds apart to give Wellington-Napoleon a four-point lead. But a couple of minutes later, Braymer claimed the lead with a three-pointer. Late in the half, the Tigers hit a dry spell that allowed Braymer to build up a 38-32 advantage, but it didn't last. Braymer had 14 turnovers in the first half while Wellington-Napoleon had four. Three turnovers by Braymer late in the second quarter allowed the Tigers to tie the game at 38 by intermission.
The action didn't subside in the second half. Wellington-Napoleon led by as much as three in the third on Green's hoop-and-harm at the 5:40 mark. But, again, another short drought at the end of the third that lasted 2:16 allowed the Bobcats to take a 53-50 lead heading to the fourth.
Braymer scored the first three points of the fourth to make it a six-point game. Tigers didn't fold, though. It took Bunch, Green and Banner just over three minutes to tie the game back up at 56 with 4:34 left. The game would be tied two more times before Braymer took a 61-60 lead from the free throw line after Bunch drew his fifth foul. Twenty-two seconds later Green knocked down his 17th point of the game to give Wellington-Napoleon a 62-61 lead. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers' season ends in District 13 semifinals
Wellington-Napoleon saw its season draw to a close February 26 with a 62-50 loss to Braymer in the Class 1 District 13 semifinals in Polo.
Lady Bobcats led by nine after one quarter before taking a 10-point lead to halftime. Lady Tigers needed stops on defense and points on offense but just couldn't make that happen enough in the second half on consecutive trips up and down the floor.
"We couldn't ever quite get over the hump tonight," Lady Tigers head coach Andy Hampton said. "It was a back and forth game for the most part. We hit a lull early on offense, and when we were able to get stops on the defensive end we couldn't convert. Free-throw shooting was the difference. We were unable to get to the line very much, and they got there a lot and made us pay."
Mikayla Lohsandt had 25 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks and four steals in the loss. Jaime Ruskey finished with seven points, four rebounds and two assists. Jennifer Rodgers scored seven points and recorded a team-high five assists. Read more in The Odessan.