February 4 Season Update

Bixby’s Girls Suffer Heartbreaking Loss

 By Ron Holt

After a slow start, Bixby High’s Lady Spartans played their best basketball of the season for the majority of the final three quarters against Broken Arrow last Friday night in Whitey Ford Field House.

But, at the end of regulation and into overtime, it was the Lady Tigers making the key plays en route to a 56-53 overtime win over the disappointed Lady Spartans.

Bixby, 6-12, returns to action Monday, Feb. 6, when it hosts Muskogee. The Lady Spartans host Jenks on Friday, Feb. 10.

Broken Arrow built a 16-8 first quarter lead before Bixby rallied behind a three-pointer by Kendal Pirtle and two points each from Cassidy Sloan and Sarah Tyree to narrow the deficit to 16-15 after one stanza.

Bixby broke the game open midway through the second quarter and relied on treys by Pirtle, Bittle and Savanna Stout to lead 29-22 at halftime. The Lady Spartans led 37-30 going into the final quarter.

A set shot by Bittle extended the lead to 39-31 with 6:53 left in the game before Broken Arrow, behind scoring leader Jalise Smallwood, narrow the gap to 39-36 and when guard Kinsey Callen sank a three pointer and Smallwood scored on a layup the game was tied 41-all with 50 seconds left.

Two free throws by Bittle and two from Sloan gave Bixby a 45-42 lead with 12.6 seconds showing. Callen then sank a game-tying three-pointer with three seconds left to force overtime.

Bixby guard Dariann Myles, making her first appearance of the season since being injured, drained a three-pointer for a 48-45 BHS lead and when Bittle scored on a layup with 1:43 showing the Lady Spartans led 50-49.

Broken Arrow outscored the Lady Spartans, 7-3, the rest of the way to pull out the improbable victory.

“Their go-to girl (Smallwood) stepped up and took over late and then they started hitting shots. She’s hard to stop and is a veteran player,” said Bixby head coach Tina Thomas. “Our girls battled hard and competed and did some good things.

“We had some mental errors and ill-time fouls and turnovers. That’s the stuff we’ve got to stop. That’s the difference in being on the edge and winning games. We had one in our pocket and let it get away.

“I told them they grew this game … they are getting better. We had less turnovers than we have in the past. All we can do is look to get better each night out and I think they did tonight.”

Bittle, who sank three treys, led Bixby in scoring with 19 points while Pirtle added 11 and Stout 10. Sloan ended with six, Tyree four and Myles three.

This was the second close call of the week for the Lady Spartans. Last Tuesday, Jan. 31, Bixby went on the road and battled Tulsa Union down to the wire before suffering a 41-37 loss.

Bixby came out red-hot, scoring the game’s first 10 points to take a 10-2 lead after one quarter. Union caught fire early in the second quarter and it was a back-and-forth battle with Union leading 24-23 at halftime.

The Lady Redskins led 32-29 going into the final quarter and scored seven of their final nine points from the free throw line to hold off Bixby.

“I thought the girls battled and competed hard. They didn’t play perfect and had some mistakes but they never, ever quit,” Coach Thomas said. “It was a really physical game. I felt like fatigue set in and threw our shots off late.

“All we can do right now is try to get better every game and try to be ready for the playoffs. I think if we hit on all cylinders we could have an opportunity. There were plenty of positives,” she added.

Bittle led Bixby in scoring with 14 points, followed by Sloan with eight, Pirtle, Tyree and Cailin Masters with three each and Sydney Page with two points.


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