FORT GIBSON — Showing why it’s a Class 4A basketball powerhouse, Fort Gibson blasted Miami twice in Verdigris Valley Conference games here Friday, Dec. 1.
The second-ranked Lady Tigers breezed to an 81-15 victory before the No. 6 Fort Gibson boys claimed a 68-28 win.
Both Miami teams are 0-2 after the sweep.
The Lady Wardogs face Afton at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Afton Coca-Cola Classic.
The MHS boys are idle until Thursday, Dec. 7, when they begin play in the Seneca Tournament. The junior varsity plays Seneca at 6 p.m. in the old gym while the varsity teams square off at 7:30 p.m.
Fort Gibson 81, Miami 15
Fort Gibson, which shot 63 percent from the field, broke out to a 29-3 lead in the first quarter and continued to pull away.
The Lady Wardogs went scoreless in the second quarter and trailed 52-3.
The hosts then held 18-9 heading into the final stanza.
“They are very tall, long, fast and play well together,” Miami coach Chuck Preaus said. “They get up and down the floor and their defense is very quik. We just had a hard time of keeping possession of the ball.”
The Lady Wardogs had only one field goal in the first half and turned the ball over 17 times.
“The first quarter was tough on us,” Preaus said. “I think we were a little intimidated. Second half, we played with a little more intensity and got some looks that we can exploit in the future”
Thirteen players scored for the Lady Tigers (2-0), who got 16 from Danielle Johnson and Zoe Shieldnight and 12 from Lindsey Swink.
Malarie Thompson scored five for MHS while Shelby Hubbard added four.
Bayleigh Beckwith and Abby Osborn scored three each.
“I was very proud of them,” Preaus said. “They played hard, they finished hard. Give credit to Fort Gibson. They probably will be playing for the championship again.”
The Lady Tigers suffered a 54-47 loss to Harrah in the championship game last March.
Fort Gibson 68, Miami 28
The Wardogs shot 5 of 34 from the field through three quarters and trailed 61-17.
“They are really, really good, they are the whole package,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “They’re big and athletic, where they can hurt you inside. They have big guards that are fast and athletic and they can shoot it from anywhere.
“They play at an extremely high tempo. They can just be overwhelming.”
The Tigers, who led 38-13 at the half, had three players score in double figures.
Carson Calavan and Seth Martin had 16 each while Chance Wafford scored 13 for Fort Gibson (2-0).
“Carson Calavan is as good of a guard as we’ve seen in a while,” Mercer said.
Brant Morris and Kaleb Jinks had eight points each to lead Miami’s scoring.
Kai Hamilton and Drew Williams chipped in with five apiece and Eli Chenoweth scored two.
“I still like my team and their pieces,” Mercer said. “There will be better days ahead