News and Notes: In memoriam
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
1/29/13 at 3:25 AM
Verdigris' girls honored head coach Mike Buntin, who lost his grandmother last week, by wearing pink socks in Saturday's third-place win over Cascia Hall at the Port City Classic.
Eloise Shipman of Cleveland, Okla., died sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, a victim of breast cancer. Her funeral was Saturday morning.
The Cards picked up on the idea when Buntin wore a pink tie in Friday's semifinal loss to Bartlesville. Jana Turner, mother of sophomore Ali Turner, dyed the socks.
Running the gauntlet: Four teams are vying for the Metro Lakes title, and Bishop Kelley (5-2 in conference, 12-6 overall) has a make-or-break week, facing each of the other three.
The Comets host Collinsville (4-2, 10-7) on Tuesday, visit Tahlequah (5-2, 10-7) on Friday and host league-leading Claremore (6-1, 9-7) Feb. 5.
Evidence of parity abounds. Claremore's only league loss was to Skiatook, which is tied for last place, and the Zebras had to rally from a 15-point deficit to beat fifth-place Coweta.
All four contenders still must play one another, and the title likely won't be decided until Tahlequah ends the regular season by hosting Claremore on Feb. 15.
On the line: Oologah visits Vinita on Tuesday with a chance to clinch the Verdigris Valley North title and break the Hornets' streak of conference titles at five.
Before losing at Oologah in December, the Hornets had won 60 straight conference games dating to 2008.
Back in action: Colcord senior Jordan Pike, who broke her foot in a preseason scrimmage, returned to average 12 points and eight rebounds in the Tri-State Classic in Jay, helping lead the Hornets to a third-place finish.
Climbing: Averaging 24.1 points, Memorial junior Faith Ihim will likely go over 1,000 for her career this week. She has 963 and plays Central on Wednesday and McLain on Friday. ... Berryhill's Ashley Williams went over 1,300 career points at the Pryor Invitational and needs 48 to become the school's five-on-five career leader.
Briefly: Jenks' Jessica Washington scored 26 points in Saturday's loss to Union, 21 in a semifinal win over East Central and totaled 74 points in four games during the week. ... Verdigris senior Stacia Payne had 48 points, 15 rebounds, 14 steals and 12 assists in the Port City Classic. ... Saturday's 57-44 win over Muldrow gave Fort Gibson its ninth straight Old Fort Classic title and 13th in coach Jerry Walker's 18 seasons. ... Collinsville's Shelbie Kirby made the all-tourney team at Pryor for the fourth straight year. ... Shelby Brown and Shanna Vogt combined to score 91 points as Victory Christian won the Dewey Invitational. Brown was tournament MVP. ... Emily Neece had 46 points and 16 rebounds, pacing Sperry to a third-place finish at Dewey.
Union's I'mani Davis glides in for a layup during the Lady Redskins' game against Sapulpa at the UMAC on Friday. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World
Sapulpa's Keysha Streater battles for a rebound with Union's Regan Burgess during their game Friday at the Jenks/Union Invitational at the UMAC. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World