CHOCTAW — Fort Gibson had been struggling shooting during the playoffs.
The top-ranked Tigers appeared to have solved that, though, as they made 8 of 14 3-pointers in the first half en route to a 63-49 victory over Piedmont to advance in the Class 4A girls state tournament on Thursday.
“Can't complain about that, can you?” Fort Gibson coach Jerry Walker said. “That's probably the best we've shot as a group. We've had some other girls shoot well, but not at the same time.”
Fort Gibson will face Perkins-Tryon on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in State Fair Arena.
Senior Julia Hill scored 24 points, 15 of which came in the first half, for the defending champions despite her struggles during the playoffs.
“Sometimes I feel like I'm going to be a team player and pass it,” she said. “Other times I'm on fire. The team, we just kind of pass it around a lot sometimes.”
Fort Gibson made four 3-pointers in the first quarter to grab control early.
In the second half, the Tigers didn't shoot the 3 as much, but Walker said that was because of Piedmont's foul troubles.
Piedmont, which finishes the season 21-8, turned the ball over 15 times. Sarah Parker scored 17 points.