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BASKETBALL: Tuttle girls, Blanchard boys advance to state

Mar. 4—Two area teams advanced to the Class 4A state tournament.

The eighth-ranked Tuttle Lady Tigers and eighth-ranked Blanchard Lions competed in area consolation championship games Saturday, looking to advance to state and keep their seasons alive. Things went according to plan in Hennessey.

The Tuttle girls used a suffocating defensive performance to build a big lead and take down 10th-ranked Kingfisher in a 44-29 victory. The Blanchard boys pulled away from ninth-ranked Ada in the second half and rolled to a 73-44 victory.

Tuttle

A dominant two quarters helped the Lady Tigers pull away from their opponent.

Tuttle outscored Kingfisher by just one point in the first and fourth quarters but won the middle quarters by 14 points and suffocated the Kingfisher offense. Tuttle outscored Kingfisher 22-8 in those two quarters.

Kingfisher totaled just 15 points through the first three quarters before managing to score 14 points in the final quarter.

Tuttle trailed early in the game before scoring the final four points of the first quarter to make the score 7-7. Tuttle trailed 9-7 in the second quarter before Allie Rehl scored the next five points, sparking a 13-2 Tuttle run to end the first half.

Rehl buried a triple to put Tuttle ahead 12-9, and the Lady Tigers never trailed after that basket.

Rehl put up 20 points for the Lady Tigers, but Tuttle also got a big spark from Kinzley Battles. Battles made three triples and scored 10 points for her team.

Tuttle got scheduled for a 9 a.m. game Thursday against No. 1 Bethany in Oklahoma City.

Blanchard

A pair of big scoring runs helped the Lions pull away from Ada after trailing in the first half.

The Lions trailed 23-17 in the second quarter before ending the half on a 9-0 run and extending that run to 16-0 in the third quarter, pushing the team's lead to 10 points. Ada cut that deficit to four, and the Lions responded with another long scoring run that basically put the game away.

After seeing their deficit cut to four, the Lions pulled away with a 19-1 run. After leading by three at halftime, Blanchard outscored Ada 47-21 in the second half.

Blanchard had multiple players reach double-digit points, but Ross Johnston proved to be a force inside for the Lions. He made his presence known with 16 points, but he also made things tough on the glass and when Ada tried to go inside.

The Lions got scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday against No. 2 Douglass in Oklahoma City.