2017 Bixby Tournament

Lady Spartans Capture Bixby Tourney Crown


By Ron Holt

If Bixby expected to win its own tournament, the Lady Spartans realized they would have to survive a challenge by 10th-ranked Deer Creek-Edmond, the 2016 Class 6A state runner-up.

BHS and the Lady Antlers took care of business in the quarterfinals and semifinals to set up the championship showdown in the annual Bixby Invitational last Saturday night in Whitey Ford Field House.

After falling behind 7-0 at the start, trailing 27-25 at halftime and trailing 38-33 after three quarters, the Lady Spartans handled late game pressure and relied on contributions from numerous players in handing Deer Creek a 48-46 loss to capture the championship hardware.

Bixby improved to 4-0 on the season while Deer Creek dropped to 4-2. The Lady Spartans remain home Tuesday (Dec. 12) to play Sapulpa and host Bishop Kelley Friday (Dec. 15). Both games begin at 6:30 p.m.

“Deer Creek is a reputable, tough team and has been for years. They are a top-notch team with a really good coach,” said second-year Lady Spartan head coach Tina Thomas. “I thought our girls just out-worked them tonight.

“This shows them they can compete with anybody. What I’m most proud about this team this year is that in several games we’ve had slow starts but they persevered through it … they expect good things to happen,” she added.

On the short end of a 13-5 first quarter score, Bixby used three-point goals by Maddie Bittle and Sydnee Schovanec to trim the deficit to 17-11 after one stanza.

Deer Creek led 25-19 late in the second quarter before Schovanec drained a three-pointer and Savanna Stout contributed a conventional three-point play to narrow the gap to 27-25 at intermission.

A layup by Kenedy Brown, jumper by Bittle and two free throws by Stout helped the Lady Spartans trim DC’s lead to 38-33 after three quarters.

Freshman Landry Williams drilled back-to-back three-pointers to open the fourth quarter and lift the Lady Spartans to a 39-38 lead. After Deer Creek rallied to lead 43-39, Shovanec sank a trey and Sarah Tyree scored on a jumper for a 44-43 lead with 2:48 left in the game.

Trailing 45-44, Bixby took the lead for good after two free throws by Tyree with 1:54 left and two charities by Dariann Myles with 1:10 showing for a 48-45 lead.

The Lady Spartans survived a hectic, emotionally-draining final minute after Deer Creek hit one of two free throws with nine seconds left and missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

The Lady Spartans’ unselfish play drew praise from the head coach.

“I can’t say enough about Maddie Bittle’s leadership on this team. She’s contributing in so many ways,” said Coach Thomas, who is assisted this season by Onis Pankey and Rachel Block.

“Sydnee Schovanec did a phenomenal job on their No. 24, who had her way with other teams; Sarah Tyree plays great defense and gets lots of rebounds; Landry Williams hit two big shots; Savanna Stout had a momentum-changing shot; Dariann Myles managed the game, and for Kate Bradley, a freshman, to be in there with a minute left says a lot about how much I believe in her. My bench is solid,” she added.

Bittle led Bixby in scoring with 13 points, while Schovanec added 10.

Bittle, a 5-9 senior guard, earned the Most Valuable Player trophy after scoring nine points in a win over Southmoore and a career-high 25 points in a win over Ponca City. Schovanec was also named all-tourney.

“We knew we were going to face Deer Creek and we knew they were really tough but we felt like we had nothing to lose since we weren’t ranked,” Bittle said. “I believe in my teammates. We played like a family and act like one. We lean on each other so much and we know our roles. This win does a lot for us.”

Bixby defeated Southmoore, 57-35, in the tourney’s first round. Williams, a freshman, drilled five three-point buckets to lead Bixby in scoring with 15 points. Myles added 11. “We missed a lot of wide open, point blank shots but early in the season things aren’t going to be sharp so we’ve just got to get better each game,” Coach Thomas said.

The Lady Spartans overcame a slow start in a 61-53 victory over Ponca City in a semifinal game. Bittle’s 25 points led BHS while Schovanec added 16. “We started slow but I’m really proud of how they aren’t folding when they face some adversity,” Coach Thomas added. “It was s solid performance by Maddie. She’s doing it all for us … she’s rebounding, getting assists, taking it to the hole and hitting from outside.”

Bixby impressively opened the season with a 52-36 win at Owasso earlier last week. Bittle paced the Lady Spartans’ offensively with 18 points, while Williams finished with 11.

Bixby 56, Southmoore 35

BHS Scoring – Williams 15, Myles 11, Bittle 9, Tyree 9, Bradley 6, Stout 2, Page 2, Schovanec 2.

Bixby 61, Ponca City 53

BHS Scoring – Bittle 25, Schovanec 16, Williams 7, Bradley 6, Myles 4, Tyree 3.

Bixby 48, Deer Creek-Edmond 46

BHS Scoring – Bittle 13, Schovanec 10, Tyree 7, Williams 6, Stout 5, Myles 5, Brown 2.

Bixby 52, Owasso 36

BHS Scoring – Bittle 18, Williams 11, Myles 7, Schovanec 7, Stout 4, Tyree 3, Bradley 2.



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