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.
Andee Decker led Memorial with 18.
PANTHERS HOLD OFF SAPULPA
Several times, Putnam City North looked like it had the game sewn up.
Twice, though, Sapulpa made frantic comebacks. But in the end, the Panthers held on for a 49-46 win.
North looked like it could just run the clock down in the final seconds before an ill-advised inbounds pass that was intercepted gave Sapulpa the ball back with 2.3 seconds left and a chance to tie.
But the Chieftains couldn't get a shot off, and the Panthers advanced to the finals.
North led by 10 with 1:45 left in the third quarter before Sapulpa reeled off 11 consecutive points over the next 2:30 to take the lead.
The Panthers rebuilt the lead to seven midway through the fourth before the Chieftains again mounted a comeback.
Sidney Carolina led the Panthers with 13 points, six in the fourth. She also had 11 rebounds.
“She played big for us,” North coach Brett McGee said. “She came from behind the defense and hit some big shots.”
SANTA FE CRUISES
Tamara Lee was one of four Edmond Santa Fe players to score in double figures as the No. 1 Wolves cruised to an 80-54 win over Owasso in the semifinals of the Skiatook Invitational.
Santa Fe will play Class 4A No. 12 Vinita in the title game at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Vinita beat Broken Arrow, 47-41.
Lee had 19 points to lead Santa Fe while Aahliyah Jackson added 15, Cameerah Graves 14 and Mariah Williams 10.
MILLWOOD HOLDS OFF PIEDMONT
Class 3A No. 3 Millwood had a seemingly comfortable 14-point lead over Piedmont going into the fourth quarter of the semifinals at the Swadley's/Bethany Classic.
Piedmont, though, made things interesting in the end before the Falcons pulled off a 53-50 win to advance to the championship game.
Teanna Reid scored 28 to lead Millwood.
Millwood will play 5A No. 3 Deer Creek for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Deer Creek blew out Harrah 50-26 in its semifinal.
Kayla Tucker scored 21, and Serithia Hawkins added 16 as Southmoore beat the OKC Storm 69-65 in overtime to advance to the finals of the MidFirst Warrior Classic in Anadarko. Meredith Wolfley scored 21 for the OKC Storm. ... Kennedy Williams scored 24 and Mya Thompson added 13 as Classen beat Casady 48-37 to advance to the finals of the Bricktown Bash at Crooked Oak. ... Kaely Bond and Adrienne Berry scored 16 each and Aimee Rischard added 12 as Mount St. Mary cruised to a 60-43 win over Plainview at the Charles K. Heatly Classic in Lindsay. ... T'ona Edwards and Lanesia Williams scored 22 each as Northeast blew out Stroud 65-26 at the Stroud Tiger 66 Coliseum Classic. ... Morgan Vogt scored 25, and Madison Lee 15 in Okarche's 61-33 win over Hennessey in the Three Rivers Conference Tournament at Crescent.
BY RYAN ABER