Christina Devers sparks Bixby girls to basketball win over Jenks
BY JOHN D. FERGUSON World Correspondent
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
12/05/12 at 3:57 AM
BIXBY - Texas A&M has its Johnny Football quarterback who makes dazzling plays. Not to be outdone, Bixby has its Christina basketball as senior Christina Devers made shots falling down, on a fast break or pulling up with spectacular results.
Devers' 32-point acrobatics fueled No. 5 Bixby over No. 4 Jenks 55-48 before 500 in the Whitey Ford Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
Devers missed her first three shots of the game, but hit her next 10-of-20 to go with 12 free throws. The senior not only scored, but had five steals and an assist to cap a stellar night.
"It's probably the best game I've ever had," Devers said. "Thirty-two points is my highest."
Bixby (1-0) started like Devers: Slowly. The Spartans trailed 15-5 early, but crept back into contention. Jenks (0-1) was led by Jessica Washington's 19 points, but she was saddled with a fourth foul just 82 seconds into the third quarter and had to sit.
When Stevi Parker nailed a 3-pointer and Devers scored with 5:46 left in the third quarter, it capped a 10-0 run that Jenks could not overcome.
"Christina is a very tenacious player and makes you do crazy things (to the other team) and she will do crazy things," said Spartan coach Melody Stewart. "She has extended her ability."
Parker had a double-double performance with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Parker also added a monster blocked shot.
Washington returned for the fourth quarter for Jenks. She made 13 points, but it wasn't enough to catch Bixby.
Jenks 48, Bixby 40 (boys): Jenks held a slim two-point lead with 1:46 left in the game, but the Trojans used two Bixby turnovers and six free throws to pull away.
Jenks got a game-high 19 points from Jacob Seidel, who did most of his damage at the free-throw line. Seidel made three free throws in the final quarter, including a pair in the final 32 seconds.
Trojans T.J. Washington and John Jones each added two free throws to hold off Bixby. Washington, a freshman, had a good all-around game with eight points, two steals and an assist.
The Spartans held an early 8-6 first quarter lead, but fell behind 38-27 after three quarters.
However, Bixby had one more push left.
The Spartans used a 3-pointer by Logan Wilson, a three-point play by Joe Fiser and basket by Camden Selvidge to suddenly rally into contention. A Jenks basket opened the final period, but Bixby now only trailed 39-35.
The two teams traded free throws and baskets until Wilson made a Bixby free throw with 1:46 left to make it a 42-40 Jenks lead.
Solomon led Bixby with 16 points and teammate Wilson added 12.
BIXBY 55, JENKS 48 (GIRLS)
Jenks: Washington 19, Peterson 7, Sears 6, Luellen 6, Dennis 6, Halsmer 4.
Bixby: Devers 32, Parker 16, Williams 3, Knox 3, Alvstad 1.
JENKS 48, BIXBY 40
Jenks: Seidel 19, Phillips 9, Washington 8, Jones 5, Houston 3, Williams 2, Fling 2.
Bixby: Solomon 16, Wilson 12, Selvidge 5, Fivecoats 4, Fiser 3.
Original Print Headline: Devers sparks Bixby girls past Jenks
Jenks’ Jessica Washington is guarded by Bixby’s Lexi Williams during their basketball game at Bixby High School on Tuesday. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World