2018 Putnam City Tournament

Lady Spartans Third In Putnam City Tourney

 

By Ron Holt

OKLAHOMA CITY – Overcoming deficits, lackluster play at times and talented opponents, Bixby’s 13th-ranked Lady Spartans captured third place in the Putnam City Invitational last weekend at Putnam City North’s gymnasium.

Through three quarters, Bixby trailed Putnam City North in the tourney opener last Thursday. The host Lady Panthers led 43-34 entering the final quarter and increased the lead to 45-35 early in the final stanza.

With 5:23 left in the game, Putnam North held a 48-39 lead before the Lady Spartans took control of the game in impressive fashion. Bixby outscored the Lady Panthers 15-0 down the stretch and 20-5 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 54-48 victory.

Savanna Stout and Sydnee Schovanec each scored six points during the rally while Maddie Bittle contributed a layup and Sarah Tyree added a free throw.

“I knew they were going to come back and win the game. I just knew they would. These kids are so resilient,” said BHS head coach Tina Thomas.

Bittle led four Lady Spartans in double figures with 13 points, followed by Schovanec with 11 – eight in the fourth quarter – and Stout and Tyree with 10 each. Landry Williams scored six points and Dariann Myles chipped in with four.

Ninth-ranked Edmond Memorial used an 18-6 outburst in the second quarter as the springboard for a 53-43 win over the Lady Spartans in last Friday’s semifinal contest. Bittle’s 19 points topped Bixby while Schovanec and Myles each scored six points, Stout had five, Tyree four points and Williams three.

A 30-point outburst by Bittle - including 13 fourth quarter points - lifted the Lady Spartans to a 47-38 victory over 16th-ranked Norman in the tourney’s third place game last Saturday.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half as Bixby led 17-15. The Lady Spartans outscored the Lady Tigers 19-12 in the final stanza to secure the win and improve to 9-3 on the season.

Bittle earned all-tournament recognition after scoring 62 points in three tournament games. It was the second straight all-tourney honor for Bixby’s standout 5-9 senior guard. She was also all-tourney at Sapulpa.

Tyree scored six points against Norman while Stout added four, Williams scored three points and Kenedy Brown and Schovanec two points each.

“It was a sloppy game on both sides,” Coach Thomas said. “We were out of rhythm as a unit. We started out strong then got unsettled. They started getting hot on their threes so we faced guarded a couple of players to shut them down. Savanna, Landry and Kate (Bradley) were all instrumental in helping with that.

“Sydnee, Sarah and Kenedy played defense and rebounded well so that their post players were non-factors. Maddie carried the offensive load for us and Dariann played some of her best basketball of the season,” she added.

“We just need a little practice time to work on timing and getting back in sync. We’ve had a lot of games with little practice lately.”

Bixby returns to Frontier Conference play Tuesday, Jan. 9, when the Lady Spartans entertain Tulsa Union. The Lady Spartans visit Broken Arrow on Friday, Jan. 12. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.

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