BOKCHITO – Devyn Johnson dabbled in perfection Thursday, leading Rock Creek with 21 points as the Lady Mustangs took a 50-34 regional playoff win over Fort Towson.
Johnson scored 17 in the second half and went 3-for-3 from three and 6-for-6 from free throw land. As a team, the Lady Mustangs were 6-of-7 from behind the arc and 12-of-17on free throws.
These numbers more than made up for a dismal 10-for-36 mark everywhere else.
“If we can, we want to shoot layups,” said Rock Creek Coach Clyde Young. “That’s the best we’ve shot the three all year, and hopefully we can keep it up.”
The Lady M’s defense was key in holding Fort Towson’s Shania Cloud to 14 points in the senior’s final basketball game. Rock Creek held the Lady Tigers to four points in the second quarter.
Julie Layton added 10 for Rock Creek, followed by Harlie Heflin’s seven points, six for Shaina Holland, a first-quarter three from Macy Eiler, Tiegan Munson’s two and a free throw from Beth Burns.
The Lady Mustangs move on to play Boswell at 1:30 p.m. today in Kiowa. The winner will play in the regional consolation final in Kiowa at 1:30 p.m. Saturday; loser goes home.
Fort Towson boys 53 Rock Creek 44
The Mustangs let a 12-point halftime lead slip away as Fort Towson scored 39 second-half points to rally for a 53-44 win on Thursday.
The loss ends Rock Creek’s season, while the Tigers move on to face Kiowa in the regional consolation bracket.
Fort Towson was up 6-2 before a 16-0 Rock Creek run. The Mustangs took an 18-6 lead after one quarter and still held a 26-14 advantage at the half.
But the game turned physical as Rock Creek guarded the basket aggressively to stem a 19-8 Fort Towson run.
Ronan Cloud of the Tigers was hit in the face multiple times, requiring some first aid treatment for an apparent bloody nose. He returned to action, only to be shoved out of bounds on a loose ball scramble.
He hit a pair of free throws which boosted the lead to 44-40 in the fourth. Leo Roper scored eight points in the fourth quarter, but then the Mustangs started missing open looks and were soon down by eight.
Bronson Burns led Rock Creek with 13, Cameron Hammond had 11, Roper finished with 10, David Dill had six and Toby McIntyre scored four. Cloud led Fort Towson with 14, followed by 13 from Dillon Stewart.