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Okarche blazes through Coyle brackets

January 25, 2023 - 00:00
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Utter domination.

That describes Okarche’s trip to the Coyle Invitational in 2023.The teams came home with two championship trophies and not a sniff of competition.

Okarche’s boys hammered Class A’s 18thranked Southwest Covenant 79-50 in Saturday’s championship game. The Warriors won their three games by an average of 42.7 points.

Meanwhile, the Lady Warriors blitzed Okeene 61-24 to win the Coyle title for the first time since 2020.

They beat their foes by 44 points over the three days.

Their dominance was exemplified in the fourth quarter against the Lady Whippets.

Already up by 19 points, Okarche outscored Okeene 18-0 in the final quarter.

Jalie Rother knocked down two 3-pointers during that stretch, giving her four for the game.

That accounted for all 12 of her points.

The middle two quarters were dominated by Emma Stover.

The senior post scored 15 of her game-high 19 points during that stretch.

Jadyn Rother scored 13 in the championship, 11 of them coming in the first half.

Okeene got 10 points from Madion Schmidt in the first half as the Lady Whippets were within striking distance.

But she only scored two in the second half.

The semifinals saw Okarche thump Southwest Covenant 73-38.

Stover poured in 20 points in that win while Jalie Rother added 16.

Jadyn Rother scored 13 while Tyson Endres had 11, including eight in the first quarter.

She made two of Okarche’s five 3-pointers in the quarter as it got out to a 24-9 lead.

OHS ended the tournament with a 16-4 record.

The Lady Warriors have won 10 in a row.

Warriors roll through tournament

Okarche’s youth movement continued into the Coyle Invitational as a pair of freshmen paced their balanced attack.

Jett Mueggenborg and Easton Roby each came up with huge scoring nights during the three-day run.

Mueggenborg poured in 29 points in Thursday’s 8927 quarterfinal win against Oilton.

On Saturday, it was Roby’s turn.

He scored 33 points and had 11 rebounds as the Warriors improved to 18-2.

On top of knocking down 3 of 5 3-point attempts, Roby went 14 of 16 from the foul line.

The first quarter resembled a track meet as Okarche led 28-16.

The Warriors kept up the scoring pace; Southwest Covenant did not.

A 29-9 run in the second quarter saw Okarche boast a 57-27 advantage.

Mueggenborg scored 15 in the game while P.K. Harris added another 13. He also had nine rebounds, as did Caden Schieber.

Tripp Niles scored 18 for the Patriots, but shot just 4 of 14. As a team, Southwest Covenant was held to 16 of 63 overall (25.4 percent) from the field.

The Warriors beat Crescent 79-50 in Friday’s semifi nals.

Five of them scored in double figures, led by Mueggenborg’s 16.

He averaged 20 points for the tournament. Roby averaged 18.3 a game and scored 12 in the semifinals.

Harris had 14, Wyatt Pinkerton 13 and Schieber 10.

The Tigers were led by Kade Varner and CJ Wilson, who scored 13 points apiece.

Crescent was defeated 61-42 by Coyle in the thirdplace game.