Verdigris boys hold off Berryhill in overtime
BY JOHN D. FERGUSON World Correspondent
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
2/13/13 at 6:03 AM
VERDIGRIS - Blake Battenfield and Cade Upshaw hit key baskets while Tyler Monroe and Chase Bryant made key free throws to lift Verdigris over Berryhill 63-60 in an overtime high school basketball thriller Tuesday night.
Battenfield not only hit a big overtime basket, but also nailed a short lay-in with three seconds left that sent the game into overtime. The senior finished with a team-high 24 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Class 3A No. 4 Cardinals (19-4) played from behind most of the game. Class 4A No. 14 Berryhill (17-6) led 43-30 with 4:25 left in the third quarter when Verdigris finally caught fire.
Battenfield nailed two 3-point baskets and Leonard Brockup added a trey during a 19-6 run that tied the game at 49-all to open the fourth quarter.
"Every time we play (we seem to fall behind early)," Battenfield said. "But we always come through in the end. Especially at home."
The Chiefs were red-hot early. Chandler Moczygemba led the charge with a game-high 25 points and eight rebounds. Moczygemba scored from close range and teammate Anthony Mayberry downed four 3-pointers from outside. Mayberry finished with 15 points.
Upshaw hit a crucial overtime basket that gave his team the lead for good at 62-59 with 1:16 left.
Moczygemba hit a free throw with 1:08 to close Berryhill within two. That would be the Chiefs final point as Berryhill had a turnover with two seconds left to seal the win.
Verdigris 62, Berryhill 50 (girls): Sophomore Courtney Risenhoover had the breakout game coach Mike Buntin had always envisioned she would have. The 5-foot-9 center had 23 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots to lead Class 3A's No. 5 Cardinals (20-3).
"This was her coming out party," Buntin said of Risenhoover's career-high scoring total.
While Risenhoover celebrated a milestone game, guard Baileigh O'Dell ran the offense with seven assists and played tough defense with five steals. Stacia Payne also had a good game with 15 points and six rebounds. Caitlyn Hansloven added 10 points for the last win before the playoffs begin.
"We played well together tonight," Risenhoover said.
Risenhoover was not kidding, either. Verdigris did not commit a second half turnover.
Class 4A's No. 16 Berryhill (16-7) was led by Hailey Belveal and Ashley Williams, who scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. Williams also had 10 rebounds.
The Maidens traded leads with the Cardinals 23 times. The game was tied on six occasions.
VERDIGRIS 63, BERRYHILL 60, OT
Berryhill: Moczygemba 25, A. Mayberry 15, Belveal 9, Robinson 4, Losh 4, B. Wilson 3.
Verdigris: Battenfield 24, Hundley 10, Upshaw 9, Monroe 6, Brockup 6, Combs 5, Bryant 3.
VERDIGRIS 62, BERRYHILL 50 (GIRLS)
Berryhill: Belveal 15, Williams 14, May 9, Melton 8, Boone 4.
Verdigris: Risenhoover 23, Payne 15, Hansloven 10, O'Dell 7, Collins 4, Barbee 3.
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