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Santa Fe holds off McAlester in Primus Moore Invitational finals thriller

Jan. 6—The Lady Buffs never gave up.

McAlester and Edmond Santa Fe squared off Saturday in the Inaugural Primus Moore Invitational, with the Lady Buffs fighting but falling 41-33 to the Lady Wolves.

The Lady Buffs started the game hot as Katie Allen drilled three opening triples. But the Lady Wolves answered with a late run to tie up the game 11-11 after the first quarter. Both teams kept trading blows all the way to the break, with a triple by Allen and a three-point play by Tori Kilburn putting McAlester up 25-21 at the break.

Kilburn knocked down a trey to start the half, but Santa Fe responded with a 16-0 run on the way to a 37-32 Lady Wolves lead heading into the final period.

Jerney Bennett earned three quick points for Santa Fe, extending the lead out to eight. Defenses took over for majority of the fourth quarter's minutes until a free throw with 1:44 to play. Bennett nabbed another free throw late, sealing away the win.

Allen led McAlester with 17 points, followed by Kilburn with eight points, Madi VanDorpe with seven points, and Lesnau with a free throw.

Bennett led Santa Fe with 20 points, while Aniyah Burney had with 11 points.

JENKS 60, WILL ROGERS 43 (Third place)

Jenks and Will Rogers squared off Saturday in the Primus Moore Invitational third-place game, where the Lady Trojans using a fourth-quarter blast to win 60-43.

A hard-fought battle ensued from the opening tip, with Jenks holding on to an 11-8 lead after the opening quarter. The intensity continued down the stretch, with the Lady Trojans leading 28-22 at the half.

Both teams came out determined in the second half, trading blows on the scoreboard. By the time the horn sounded, Jenks held to a 41-35 lead. It was a fight to the finish, with the Lady Trojans taking the win.

MUSKOGEE 38, DURANT 39 (Consolation final)

Muskogee and Durant battled Saturday in the consolation title game at the Primus Moore Invitational in McAlester, where the Lady Lions used a last-minute bucket to win 39-38.

It was a back-and-forth battle to start the game, with Durant holding a 13-10 lead after the opening period. Much of the same followed in the second quarter, with the Lady Roughers rattling off a run to lead 22-20 at the break.

Coming out of the locker room, both teams looked to find an edge. By the third quarter's final buzzer, it'd be Muskogee holding on to the 35-28 lead.

It would go down to the wire, but the go-ahead bucket by Iyana Wilson with under 60 seconds to play gave Durant the 39-38 win.

Wilson led Durant with 10 points, followed by Ella Sorrels and Abrianna Freeman with seven points each, Sydney Grover with five points, Maya Dodson with three points, and Kenedy LaFevers with two points.

Malaysia Burton led Muskogee with 21 points, followed by Eleesha Lee with six points, D'Mya Brown with four points, Aniyah Thomas with three points, and JJ Gandy and Jayda Wordlow with two points each.

SHAWNEE 66, SOUTHEAST 22 (Seventh place)

Shawnee and Southeast faced off in the seventh-place game Saturday at the Primus Moore Invitational in McAlester, where the Lady Wolves powered to the 66-22 win.

Shawnee got to work quickly behind 15 first-quarter points from Daley Rice on the way to a 29-8 lead heading into the second. There, Tarilyn Thierry exploded offensively, leading the charge to a 46-11 Lady Wolves advantage at the break.

With the game in hand, Shawnee rode the minutes out to the win.

Thierry and Rice both finished with 17 points each for Shawnee, Allyson McAlister with eight points, Tylyn Thurman and Chrishelle Milum with six points each, Serenity Casteel with four points, Abigail Clements with three points, and Kiley Sartin with two points.

Ana Martinez led Southeast with 10 points, Kyrah Davis had six points, Isela Sarabia finished with 5 points, and Isela Sarabia with three points.

Here is the complete girls bracket for the inaugural Primus Moore Invitational:

THURSDAY, JAN. 4

G1: McAlester 75, Muskogee 56

G2: Will Rogers 48, Shawnee 42 (2OT)

G3: Jenks 81, Southeast 18

G4: Sante Fe 54, Durant 21

FRIDAY, JAN. 5

G5: Muskogee 45, Shawnee 40

G6: Durant 50, Southeast 19

G7: Santa Fe 49, Jenks 36

G8: McAlester 62, Will Rogers 47

SATURDAY, JAN. 6

G9: Shawnee 66, Southeast 22 (Seventh place)

G10: Durant 39, Muskogee 38 (Fifth place)

G11: Jenks 60, Will Rogers 43 (Third place)

G12: Santa Fe 41, McAlester 33 (Championship)