CATOOSA — A scoring burst spanning the third and fourth quarters helped Catoosa rally for a 54-41 victory over the Miami boys here Tuesday, Jan. 30.
The Wardogs (8-10) had grabbed a 33-27 lead following a 3-point goal by Kaleb Jinks with 3:08 left in the third quarter.
But Catoosa 15-5 and ranked 10th in Class 4A, took charge of the game after that.
“They flipped it quick,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “We went from up three to down nine in a matter of about six straight possessions with not much time for us to answer and recover.
“We can take away a lot of positives however. We were refocused on both ends, if it continues, will give us a chance to be playing our best basketball when we need to.”
The game was the last regular-season road trip for the Wardogs, who finish with four straight home dates against Oologah, Jay, Hilldale and Claremore Sequoyah.
“We must seize the opportunity the last week and a half,” Mercer said.
The Indians, led by Damon Phelps, outscored MHS 22-6 in the fourth quarter.
Phelps got 10 of his game-high 22 points over the final 10 minutes.
The Wardogs (8-10) broke out to a 10-3 lead only to have the hosts rattle off 13 straight points and take a 19-18 halftime advantage.
MHS outscored Catoosa 16-13 in the third quarter.
“We really followed the game plan and made improvements on both ends from what had been detrimental to us lately,” Mercer said. “Give Catoosa credit. They had a sense of urgency and went and made plays that teams as good as they do.”
Jinks was Miami’s leading scorer with 12 points.
Kai Hamilton and Eli Chenoweth scored eight points each for the Wardogs, who also picked up six from Drew Williams, five from Conner Womack and two from Eli Lewis.
Mike Dillon joined Phelps in double figures for the Indians with 16 points.
The Indians shot 55 percent from the field compared to 46 percent for Miami.
Girls: Catoosa 60, Miami 30
The Lady Indians went up 16-8 in the second quarter and never looked back.
Catoosa (9-11) led 37-15 at intermission then carried a 49-22 advantage into the final fourth.
Abby Osborn’s eight points topped the scoring for the Lady Wardogs
Mary Gilbert added six, followed by Bayleigh Beckwith, four; Shelby Hubbard, three; Malarie Thompson, Maddie Arnold, Rebecca Bell and Ramsee Allemann, all with two each, and Josalyn Kennedy, one.
The Lady Wardogs now are winless in 17 games and have won just three times since the 2014-15 season.
Brittan Garrett netted 18 and Cheyenne Sanders contributed 16 for the Lady Indians.
Miami marks homecoming Friday, Feb. 2 when it hosts Oologah. The boys’ game will be played at 6:30 p.m. followed by the girls’ contest.