COMMERCE — Zach Barnes tipped in his own miss with two seconds left to give the Commerce boys a 56-55 victory over Fairland in the Class 2A Area III District 4 tournament here Saturday night.

Commerce also posted a 56-26 victory to win the girls’ district title.

Both CHS teams play Wyandotte Thursday at 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the Fairland regional sub-site.

Both Fairland teams will be paired with Quapaw at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Thursday, also at Fairland.

A 15-foot jumper by Kyle Smith with 15 seconds left gave the Owls a 55-54 advantage.

After getting the ball up the floor, Barnes put up a shot that missed, then tipped it back in just before the final horn sounded.

Commerce, which had lost to the Owls 46-43 on Tuesday, broke out to a 10-9 edge in the first quarter of the rematch.

The Tigers inched into the break with a 28-25 advantage, then held an 18-17 edge in the third period to go up by three points.

That’s when Fairland outscored the hosts 12-10 but fell a point short.

“We shot the ball a whole lot better,” Commerce coach Tom Fenderson said. The Tigers nailed 9 of 26 shots from behind the3-point arc Saturday night. By comparison, they were 1 of 16 on Tuesday.

Luke Manning had 14 points to lead the CHS scoring. T.J. Arnold chipped in with nine.

Manning had four treys and Arnold pumped in three.

Jesse Drosche finished with a season-high 34 points for Fairland. He also grabbed 15 rebounds.

Drosche was joined in double figures by Smith with 12.

“Commerce played great,” Fairland coach Justin Goins said.

In the girls’ game, Commerce broke out to an 18-6 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back.

The Lady Tigers (16-5) outscored Fairland 16-8 in the second quarter then held a 12-5 edge in the third.

Commerce finished off the victory with a 10-7 margin over the final eight minutes.

The Lady Tigers had three players score in double figures, topped by Courtney Watson with 13, Kourtney Reading added 12 and Mandy Watson finished with 10.

Suzanne Pascoe and Courtney Summers paced Fairland with eight and seven points, respectively.


Fairland    6    8    5    7 — 26

Commerce    18    16    12    10 — 56

Fairland — Pascoe 8, Summers 7, Davis 5, Shelton 4, Blalock 2.

Commerce – C. Watson 13, Reading 12, M. Watson 10, Herrera 7, Knight 7, Stevenson 7.

3-point goals — Summers 1, Reading 1, Knight 1.


Fairland    9    17    17    12 — 55

Commerce    10    18    18    10 — 56