LOCUST GROVE — A bid for a second straight come-from-behind win by Miami was dashed when Locust Grove coasted to a 48-42 win here Friday Jan. 26.

“You can’t keep playing from behind all the time and have it always turn out the right way,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “If you play from behind, you have to play perfect in a lot of ways.”

Down seven at the half, battled back to take a 36-34 advantage.

However, a 3-point goal by Caden Bendabout gave the Pirates a one-point lead midway through the final stanza.

Nathan Blackbear drained another trey for the Pirates and Miami never recovered.

“We had problems across the board,” Mercer said. “They sped us up and we never could really get ourselves in a comfortable rhythm. In our normal rhythm, we make three or four extra passes and have ball reversal where we can get easy shots. They were gambling a lot.”

The game was tied at 11 after the opening frame, but Locust Grove held an 18-11 edge in the second.

The Wardogs made things interesting with a 12-5 advantage heading into the final stanza.

“All night we were out of sorts offensively and weren’t making very good decisions.”

Kai Hamilton headed up a balanced Miami attack with 10 points.

Eli Chenoweth and Kaleb Jinks scored eight each, followed by Eli Lewis with seven, Drew Williams five and Brant Morris four.

Bendabout was the Pirates’ scoring leader with 19. Jake Walkingstick added 11.

Girls: Locust Grove 85, Miami 33

The Lady Wardogs yielded a school record 20 3-point goals in the game.

Karly Kerns accounted for six while Katy Hildreth and Ashley Panther had four each. Reagan Torrey hit two and four others had one each.

The Lady Pirates turned a 19-8 first-quarter lead into a 50-19 halftime bulge.

They continued to pull away in the second half with 16-8 and 20-6 advantages.

Shelby Hubbard was Miami’s scoring leader with nine points.

Others scoring for the Lady Wardogs were Abby Osborn; seven; Malarie Thompson and Gilbert, six each, and Beckwith, five.

Kerns scored 20 for the Lady Pirates while Hildreth and Panther added 15 and 14, respectively.


Miami wraps up the road portion of the schedule Tuesday, Jan. 30, when it travels to Catoosa.

MHS marks homecoming Friday, Feb. 2 with Oologah. The boys’ game will be played first.