High school girls basketball roundup: Harrah stumbles early, rebounds to knock off Deer Creek

The Panthers, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, overcame an early eight-point deficit to top Class 5A No. 5 Deer Creek 56-42 and in the tournament championship.
by Jacob Unruh Published: January 11, 2014

Harrah coach Curt Knox often doesn't raise his voice during timeouts.

Just 1:46 into Saturday night's championship game of the Bethany Classic against Deer Creek, Knox called a timeout trailing by four after three turnovers and did just that.

“Coach Knox motivated us after that timeout and we just picked it up,” senior Darian Hill said. “(He doesn't yell) too often. It really wakes us up.”

The Panthers, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, then overcame an early eight-point deficit to top Class 5A No. 5 Deer Creek 56-42 and in the tournament championship.

Harrah (8-1) rallied to tie the game at 13-all by the end of the first quarter, but from there it completely dominated the Antlers (7-4).

The Panthers did that behind a 14-0 run that started late in the first and extended past the midway point of the second. By halftime, they led 28-15, erasing the memory of last season's semifinal loss to the Antlers in the same tournament.

“Deer Creek beat us soundly in this tournament last year,” Knox said. “It's just kind of finishing the task for this week.”

Sophomore Shanna Visnieski finished with 16 points, 10 of which came on free throws in the fourth quarter. Hill, who once again caught fire in the third quarter, finished with 14 points.

Deer Creek, meanwhile, battled foul trouble as senior Whitney Jones and junior Dakota Vann each eventually fouled out. Senior Bayli Blanchard, though, finished with 13 points and three rebounds.


After struggling Tuesday, Class 5A No. 1 Shawnee looked every bit the part of its ranking over a three-day span in the East Central Classic with three dominant wins to take home the tournament championship.

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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