With Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale in attendance, Carl Albert's Gioya Carter put on a show early against Tulsa Washington in the semifinals of the Lady Jag Classic on Friday at Westmoore.
In the end, though, it wasn't enough as the Class 6A No. 5 Hornets beat 5A No. 4 Carl Albert, 41-38.
“I told them at halftime if we could just get the game to the fourth quarter and don't get blown out, that we'd be in pretty good shape,” Carl Albert coach Tim Price said. “We had a great chance, but we didn't shoot free throws very well again.”
The Titans (8-2) were 3 of 9 from the line.
Carter, an Oklahoma signee, came up with a huge rebound with 12 seconds left, giving the Titans a chance to tie the game, but Jordan Gilbert's shot missed the mark and Washington came out with the rebound to seal the win.
Carter stayed down after batting the rebound inbounds to Gilbert and left the game briefly before hobbling to the locker room.
“She just cramped up,” Price said. “I was holding my breath there for a little bit.”
Carter had 22 points and nine rebounds. She had 12 points — all on 3-pointers — in the first quarter.
“That was one of the best individual performances I've seen in a long time,” Price said.
Kaylan Mayberry led the Hornets with 17 points, while MaKenzie Ellis added 11.
Tulsa Washington will take on Putnam City North in the title game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Carl Albert will play Sapulpa in the third-place game at 4:30 p.m.
NORMAN NORTH GETS PAST MEMORIAL
There have been times over the past couple of seasons where Bri Kuestersteffen or Haley Woodard had to take over games for Norman North to win.
Now, though, the Timberwolves are proving to be a more balanced team.
Friday, in the semifinals of the East Central Oklahoma Classic in Ada, the 6A No. 6 Timberwolves blew past No. 10 Edmond Memorial 48-39 to advance to the championship game. It was North's second win over Memorial in a week.
Norman North will play 5A No. 1 Shawnee at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Shawnee edged Choctaw 41-37 in the other semifinal.
Norman North's scoring was spread around with Kuestersteffen, a junior, and freshman Alexa Scott leading the way with 10 each. Kuestersteffen took just six shots.
“I've got a lot of kids that can score the ball this year,” Norman North coach Jeff Blough said. “We don't have to rely on Bri or Haley to get 20 points each.”
Norman North hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter to leap out to a 19-6 lead and cruised from there.
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