Jenks girls whip shorthanded Bixby
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
1/24/13 at 5:26 PM
Correction: A Wednesday Tulsa World Sports story misspelled the name of Jenks freshman basketball player T.J. Washington. This story has been corrected.
JENKS - Already down one standout senior basketball player, the Bixby girls played without another Tuesday night.
Christina Devers and Stevi Parker missed the 6A No. 2 Spartans' game at No. 13 Jenks, and an expected Frontier Conference shootout turned into a mismatch.
Getting 3-pointers from eight players and a team-high 14 points from Jessica Washington, Jenks led by as many as 28 and finished with a 57-38 triumph.
The No. 5 Jenks boys scored a similar runaway, racing to a 63-27 win behind freshman guard T.J. Washington's five treys and 17 total points.
The Jenks girls looked like the team that has led the Frontier Conference all season, bolting to a 15-1 lead and eventually leading 40-12 in the third quarter.
Bixby's injury situation had a lot to do with it. Devers and Parker combined to average 35 points and 12 rebounds per game.
"This was our first chance to find out how we play without them," Bixby coach Melody Stewart said. "I'm not going to tell our girls we can't win, but we're going to have do things differently than when we had their athleticism on the floor."
Parker, a University of Tulsa signee, missed last Friday's 41-39 win over Sapulpa with a stress fracture in her foot and is expected to be out four weeks.
Devers, a Central Arkansas signee, broke her left thumb in the process of helping the Spartans rally against Sapulpa, and notified the coaches after having it X-rayed Saturday.
"I'm going to do everything I can to get back on the floor because I know my teammates count on me for a lot," Devers said.
"Every team has to go through injuries," said Jenks coach Mandy Nightingale, who lost senior post Emily Dennis to a knee injury in December.
The Trojans open play in the Jenks/Union Invitational on Thursday by hosting No. 8 Midwest City.
Lexi Williams had a game-high 15 points to lead the Spartans, who open Thursday in the Catoosa Port City Classic.
Jenks 63, Bixby 27 (boys): After a sluggish first quarter, the Trojans (11-3, 7-1) raced to a 22-11 halftime lead and sealed the deal with a 12-0 run for a 51-19 lead after three quarters.
"Bixby is better than it played tonight," Jenks coach Clay Martin said. "We were able to get some turnovers and put together several runs and that can be deflating for a team."
Junior guard Steven Parker scored 10 of his 13 points in the third quarter when he tore up the Spartans (6-8, 2-6) with steals and fast-break chances.
JENKS 57, BIXBY 38 (girls)
Bixby: Williams 15, Stout 11, Stead 9, Alvstad 7, Hawk 2, Knox 2, Reinholt 2.
Jenks: Washington 14, Prince 10, Peterson 6, Sears 6, Phipps 5, Halsmer 3, Luellen 3, Crase 3, Nissly 3, Taylor 2, Sullivan 2.
JENKS 63, BIXBY 27 (boys)
Bixby: Fivecoats 7, Barnat 5, Solomon 4, Wilson 3, Jennings 3, Nitz, 2, Hicks 2, Fiser 1.
Jenks: Washington 17, Parker 13, Seidel 11, Phillips 8, Houston 5, Jones 3, Clark 2, Thiessen 2, Fling 2.
Original Print Headline: Jenks rolls shorthanded Bixby
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Jenks' Jessica Washington goes up for a shot over Bixby's Kayla Hawk during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Jenks on Tuesday. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
Jenks' Harper Peterson (center) puts a shot up over Bixby's Allie Alvstad. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World