If Destiny Johnson was in an offensive lull, the Sand Springs senior guard couldn’t have picked a better time to snap out of it.
She made all three attempts from 3-point range and finished with 23 points Tuesday, helping the No. 7 Sandites outslug Union’s No. 5 Redskins 46-39 in a battle of Frontier Conference heavyweights at the UMAC.
“I haven’t been as aggressive lately because I’ve been trying to distribute the ball and get everybody else involved,” Johnson said.
This time, the Sandites seemed intent on getting her the ball and she took advantage with quick starts in both halves.
She scored six first-quarter points, pacing the Sandites to an 11-0 start, and had the first five points of the second half to erase a two-point halftime deficit and totaled 10 third-quarter points as the Sandites took control.
“We wanted this win tonight. I think both teams did,” she said. “We don’t ever want to lose, but it was two unbeaten conference teams and records go in for the playoffs soon, so yeah, this was important.”
Holly Kersgieter had seven points, 10 rebounds and three assists and Isabella Regalado hit two key 3-pointers as the Sandites improved to 10-2 overall and became the lone unbeaten team in Frontier Conference play at 7-0.
Union, led by Sadie Moyer’s 13 points, lost for the second time in three games after winning its first nine, and fell to 5-1 in the conference. The Redskins lost to No. 1 Putnam West in overtime Friday at the Putnam City Invitational.
“We have to get better,” Redskins coach Joe Redmond said. “We didn’t shoot it great tonight, and when that happens, your defense has to be better than the other team’s and ours wasn’t better tonight.”
Johnson was 8-for-13 from the field and Redmond said she was the difference.
“It seemed like every time we were making a move, I would look up and she had a little something in store for us,” he said.
Union 65, Sand Springs 54 (boys)
Senior guard Larry King said the No. 12 Redskins (7-4, 5-1) needed a spark after going 1-2 at the PC Invitational last weekend.
“That was unlike us. We needed a statement win and (No. 4 Sand Springs) is one of the better teams on the east side,” King said.
Union trailed 29-28 at the half but King scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the third quarter and the Redskins exploded for 26 third-quarter points.
“We were focused and we pushed on through in the second half. That’s hard for most teams to do and I’m proud of my teammates,” King said.
Seth Chargois chipped in 12 and Quentin Harvey added 11 for the Redskins. Josh Minney led the Sandites with 16.
SAND SPRINGS 46, UNION 39 (girls)
Sand Springs 15 2 14 15 — 46
Union 8 11 6 14 — 39
Sand Springs (10-2, 7-0): Johnson 23, Regalado 8, Kersgieter 7, Jordan 4, Taber 4.
Union (10-2, 5-1): Moyer 13, Redmond 9, Banks 6, Nelson 3, Burgess 2, Knapp 2, Oritz 2, Pitts 2.
UNION 65, SAND SPRINGS 54 (boys)
Sand Springs 18 11 10 15 — 54
Union 18 10 26 11 — 65
Sand Springs (12-3, 6-1): Minney 16, Richardson 11, Durkee 10, Savage 8, Fox 5.
Union (7-4, 5-1): King 17, Chargois 12, Harvey 11, Lovett 8, Boykin 7, Jones 4, Richardson 4, Sanders 2.