Midwest City senior Jasauen Beard admits the Bombers overlooked Guthrie during Thursday's opener of the Mid-Del Holiday Invitational.
They certainly didn't overlook Northwest Classen on Friday, routing the Knights 60-23 in the semifinals behind Beard's 18 points and seven rebounds.
“We didn't play our best game, didn't play together and we underestimated them a little bit,” said Beard, an Oral Roberts signee. “Tonight, we came out and tried to play together instead of playing individual ball.”
Midwest City, ranked No. 8 in Class 6A girls, plays Broken Arrow in the tournament finals at 6 p.m. Saturday in Del City.
Broken Arrow beat Del City 75-53 Friday behind 16 points apiece from Ashlyn McBride and Toree Thompson.
Midwest City used a six-point spurt in the final minute of the first quarter that carried over into an 11-0 run to start the second to pull away.
It was that spurt that left Midwest City coach Art Bode happier than Thursday, when the Bombers beat Guthrie 57-50.
“We got our energy going, and that's when we started kind of pushing out and running a little more,” he said. “That's when we started having success.”
Ireon Smith and Kerri Williams each scored eight points for the Bombers.
Mikala Wilson led Northwest with eight points and seven rebounds.
HERITAGE HALL TOPS CASCIA HALL
Tulsa signee Erika Wakefield felt right at home in her future city, scoring 21 points to lead No. 8 Heritage Hall to a 65-51 victory against Cascia Hall in the Cascia Hall Festival.
The Chargers led 57-39 after three quarters and improved to 3-1 on the year. They play Holland Hall on Saturday in the festival.
Morgan Meacham added 16 points for Heritage Hall.
ROBERTS CONTINUES HIGH SCORING
Classen SAS freshman Taylor Roberts continued lighting up the scoreboard with 33 points in a 63-36 win against Douglass in the Bricktown Bash at Crooked Oak.
MIDWEST CITY HOLDS OFF BIXBY
Six games into the season, Midwest City boys coach Dewayne Bradley has seen some ups and downs for the second-ranked Bombers.
During the semifinals of the Mid-Del Holiday Invitational, he saw all of that in a 57-51 win against No. 16 Bixby.
“Good teams win ugly games,” Bradley said. “We've done it before, and that's what we did tonight. I told them I thought we got outplayed, but we were good enough to win.
“We have to get better. We're six games in, and our chemistry is still trying to figure some things out.”
Torey Noel scored 22 points, 13 of which came in the second quarter, and Caleb Corprew scored 16.
Tied at 22 with 2 minutes left in the second, Noel scored seven straight points for the Bombers, who play Mustang in the championship game Saturday night. Midwest City also went on a big run to open the second half and take a 40-27 lead.
Oklahoma State signee Mitchel Solomon scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots for the Spartans.
PUTNAM CITY RALLIES, WINS IN OT
After falling in the opening round of the Byron Nelson High School Classic in Trophy Club, Texas, Putnam City completed a dramatic comeback during the consolation semifinals Friday.
The Pirates trailed Trinity Christian Academy 57-37 entering the fourth quarter, but held TCA to just nine points in the fourth quarter and overtime to pull off a 70-66 victory.
Putnam City allowed just two points in the fourth quarter while scoring 22 to force the extra period.
Grayson Wright scored 27 points, while fellow sophomore Braden Hudson added 25.
Bishop McGuinness held off Tulsa Memorial 45-43 in the Tournament of Champions and rematch of last season's Class 5A championship behind Zach Cornelison's 11 points. ... Tyson Jolly scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Putnam City West past Mater (Fla.) 68-65 in the Junior Orange Bowl Classic in Miami, Fla. ... Chris Hamilton scored 28 points, and Calon Woodson added 14 to lead Heritage Hall past Cascia Hall 62-56.