Following is a roundup of area high school basketball action.
Girls: Oklahoma Bible 44, Caney Valley 21
Inside scoring struggles proved to be different in the championship game of the Caney Valley Invitational.
“Throughout the tourney, our inside game had been dominating and scoring well,” Caney Valley head coach Deric Longan said.
But, Oklahoma Bible’s height and physicality limited Caney Valley’s scoring in the paint.
Jill Emery finished with points for Caney Valley, followed by Sammi Gilbreath with seven, Jade Upton with five, Jaci Sumner with five, Chloe Scherman with two and Libby Thompson with one,
Scherman also led the team in assists and rebounding, Longan said.
Emery, Gilbreath and Upton were each named All-Tournament.
Girls: Caney Valley 51, Dewey 39
Jill Emery stuck 16 hard-earned points through the nets to help assure she’ll play in the Caney Valley Invitational girls’ championships final her senior season.
“Jill worked really hard on the offensive boards,’ noted Caney Valley head coach Deric Logan. “We were able to feed her, Whether it was a post entry pass or a rebound, she’d find a way to score or to get to the line.”
Jade Upton added 12 points to the Caney Valley total.
Cheyan McDaniel and Maycee Smith scored 19 and 11, respectively, for Dewey.
Caney Valley surged to a 26-11 halftime lead and then held off a determined Dewey team in the second half.
“We had a good start offensively and defensively,” Longan said. “We came out ready to play. … In the second half, we took our foot off the gas a little bit. Dewey did make several runs in the third and fourth quarters. Overall, I thought we played well for the majority of the game.”
Caney Valley 51, Dewey 39
Caney Valley 16-10-13-12—51
Cheyan McDaniel 19, Maycee Smith 11, Reagan White 2, Summer McDaniel 2, Taylynn Ruble 2.
Jill Emery 16, Jade Upton 12, Sammi Gilbreath 9, Jaci sumner 8, Libby Thompson 6
Girls: Copan 39, Caney (Kan.) 33
Whether motivated by extra emotional electricity or inspired by 24 points combined for Skylar Odum and Kylee Cobb, the Copan Lady Hornets simply got it done Saturday in the girls’ fifth place game of the Caney Valley Invitational.
“Today was a good win,” said Copan head coach Kristy Bryan. “It was good for morale and it was good for the kids.”
Copan (7-6) finished 2-1 in the three-day tourney.
Odum “had a great tournament,” Bryan said. “She played hard. She was scoring and rebounding.”
Copan needed to display a little patience and character throughout most the contest.
Caney led at halftime, 23-18; Copan dominated the third quarter, 12-2, to move ahead, 30-25.
“The girls didn’t let up,” Bryan said. “We played it one possession at a time. We didn’t make silly errors. We had only 13 turnovers. … Our girls handled their (man) pressure well. We were looking for open shots.”
Beyond the game on the court, Bryan suggested familiarity also might have played an important role.
Copan and Caney, Kan. are located just eight miles apart.
“The girls know each other,” Bryan said. “Some of it may have been a little more personal. That’s the attitude they came into the game with.”
Rounding out Copan’s scorers were Gentry O’Rourke, five; Abbey Davis, four; Addy Hunter, three; and Elizabeth Odum, three.
Copan eyes a busy week with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Saturday’s contest will be Homecoming.
Girls: Copan 58, Riverfield 52
Elizabeth Odum boosted Copan with a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) in the second round of the Caney Valley Invitational.
Gentry O’Rourke also stepped up in crunch time — 7-of-8 free throws and a bucket in the fourth quarter. She finished with 10 points.
Addey Davis pumped in 15 points while Skylar Odum and Kamryn Van tallied eight apiece. Kylee Cobb and Addy Hunter scored four and two apiece.
“Everybody stepped in and scored,” Copan head coach Kristy Bryan said. “They didn’t give up. … I’m sweating there for a little while.”
This article originally appeared on Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: GIRLS HOOPS: Roundup of area girls basketball action