By Mike Tupa
RAMONA — Wow!
Action proved hot and thick this weekend at the Caney Valley Invitational basketball tournament.
But nothing quite matched the six-overtime thriller between Liberty and Caney Valley in the boys’ third-place game on Saturday, at the Holly C. Ward Fieldhouse.
Each of the extra periods came down to missed free throws and layups — or clutch buckets — in the final seconds.
Liberty finally secured the win, 83-78.
Following are select reports on some of the weekend matchups, including that game.
Boys: Liberty 83, Caney Valley 78
At the end of regulation, the defensive-oriented battle stood knotted at 42-42.
But, the teams then combined for 69 points in the six overtimes while a full house at the gym cheered — or displayed consternation — at every bucket, turnover or foul.
Erick McLaughlin pumped in 21 points to lead Caney Valley, followed by Christian Colbert and Brandon Fogle with 17 apiece.
Christian Ballew tacked on 15 points.
Rugged free throw shooting — 11-of-23 — ultimately cost Caney Valley the victory.
But, not until both teams had run themselves into exhaustion.
In the fourth overtime, Liberty stuck out ahead, 64-62, but Ballew sank a free throw to make it a one-point game.
However, Liberty then went on a 4-0 run and appeared to have the win wrapped up, with a 68-63 lead and about a minute left in the overtime.
But, McLaughlin then knocked down a three-pointer — off an assist from Colbert — to make it a 68-66 game.
However, Liberty scored to go back up by four points.
But, in the final few seconds, Ballew hit a layup and McLaughlin made a stickback —at the buzzer — for force a fifth overtime.
The Trojans got started with a hot hand when Fogle — playing on a very sore ankle — buried a long two-pointer off a backcourt steal.
Caney Valley then went up by three, 73-70, when Fogle made 1-of-2 charity tosses.
Liberty had the answer, however, and finished the overtime with a 4-1 run — including a buzzer-beating layup — to pull even, 74-74, and push the game to six overtimes.
Liberty took the first lead, 76-74, but Caney valley tied it on Colbert’s deuce, 76-76.
After Liberty went ahead, 78-76, Caney Valley squandered a major chance by drawing a traveling call following a steal.
Liberty extended its lead to 80-76, but Caney Valley’s Eli Lucas deposited a layup — off Fogle’s assist — to narrow the gap back to two points.
However, Caney Valley wouldn’t score again.
Liberty finished by hitting three free throws; a last gasp three-pointer by Colbert was on line, but just a little too strong.
Girls championship: Caney Valley 58, Oklahoma Union 23
In what many expected to be a dream matchup soon turned into a nightmare for the Oklahoma Union Lady Cougars.
Caney Valley’s pressure defense proved to be the difference from the get-go.
The Lady Trojans burst out to a 22-13 lead and kept on going.
A three-pointer by Chenoa Webb upped the Lady Trojan lead to 25-17, following a mini-run by the Lady Cougars.
Caney Valley soon went back up by double-digits, 28-18, after Preslee Cooper hit a bucket.
Caney Valley went up by 17 earlier in the third period, 35-18, after Katie Cagle made two free throw.
A Gavy Myers three-pointer later stretched the Caney Valley lead to 23, 38-15.
As the game progressed, Webb flushed another trey that made it a 24-point game, 44-20.
Kaitlyn Clemons also got in on the scoring for Caney Valley to push the margin to 34 points late, 55-21.
Myers and Webb finished with 17 and 16 points, respectively, for Caney Valley, followed by Paige Urquhart.
Tori George, Elsa Matthews and Chesnie Hewitt made the All-Tourney team; Urquhart, Webb and Myers also populated that list, with Myers being named as the girls’ tourney Most Valuable Player.
Boys: Copan 70, WCS 47
Wesleyan Christian School never backed down Friday afternoon against a fired-up Copan High School in the consolation semifinals of the Caney Valley Invitational boys’ basketball tourney.
But, the WCS Mustangs had no solution in containing Copan guard Colton Raemhild — who spurted around like a white tornado with an attitude — and forward Garrick Askew, who filled the paint like an expanding fog.
Raemhild and Askew combined for 55 points — led by Raemhild with 38 — to storm past the short-handed Mustangs, 70-47.
WCS went to battle without explosive scorer and floor general Jerrell Martin, sidelined by an ankle injury suffered Wednesday.
The Mustangs’ other prolific offensive producer Desmond Thompson stirred the nets for 18 points, followed by freshman Kaehl Smith with 13.
Copan found it difficult early in the game to shake the Mustangs.
After Copan bolted to a 5-0 lead, the Mustangs rallied with three-pointers Thompson and Seth Thomas to grab the lead, 6-5.
Askew quickly put Copan back ahead on a spin move and hook layup, 7-6.
But, the game would be knotted again at 9-9 after Thomas nailed his second (and final) trey, about midway through the first period.
Copan regained the lead on a layup by Raemhild, who cut to the hoop without the ball, caught a pass from Askew, and finished off the layup.
The sunset of the period saw Copan ahead by four points, 13-9.
Both teams struggled mightily on offense early in the second quarter.
Copan’s shots just weren’t falling, but WCS struggled to get into its offense against Copan’s half-court trap, which sought to take advantage of WCS playing without its best ballhandler (Martin).
Neither scored for the first two-plus minutes of the period.
WCS finally broke the drought when Smith confiscated an offensive board and scored, cutting Copan’s lead in half, 13-11.
Copan scored its first second-quarter points on two Askew free throws, at the 4:55 mark.
The Hornets quickly increased their lead when Sam Lannan grabbed a defensive rebound and fed the ball to Raemhild who ran down the court, pulled up, and fired off a wrist-flicking three-point shot the cut out the heart of the net, 18-11.
WCS matched the trey with a bomb by Smith.
But, the Mustangs just couldn’t keep permanent pace with Copan, which romped to a 14-point advantage by halftime, 30-16.
Wesleyan Christian opened the third quarter with a barrage of three-pointers by Thompson to whittle Copan’s lead back to 10 points, 35-25.
But, the Mustangs couldn’t sustain that rally; Copan soon surged out to a 17-point lead, 42-25, after Raemhild drilled another three-pointer.
Wesleyan Christian then made another push, capped by Thompson’s fourth trey of the quarter, which reduced the margin to 12 points, 48-36.
The Mustangs — which are coached by Kameron Nettleton — then got the ball back with a chance to get back within a single digit. But, they squandered the chance and Copan increased its lead to 19 points by the end of the third period, 55-36.
Copan — which is coached by Kevin Foreman — cruised the rest of way.
The victory put Copan in Saturday’s fifth-place game; the Mustangs moved on to the seventh-place contest.
Following are some of the boxscores from throughout the week at the tourney.
Follow-up reports are planned early this week.
Chelsea 57, Barnsdall 45
Khailey Sofian 8, Bailey Walker 0, Mikayla Kettles 6, Courtney Berry 16, Kyndal LeFlore 2, Jasmine Shores 13.
K. Thurman 8, Cassi Smith 5, Anna Wolf 7, K. Haggars 1, Sadie Jordan 17, Kenzie Dick 17.
OUHS 61, WCS 16
Morgan Cloud 5, Jayme Hightower 2, Meghan Clark 3, Camryn Holley 4, Micah Clayton 2.
Lauren McKinney 6, Rebecca Luby 4, Tori George 10, Elsa Matthews 24, Chesnie Hewitt 7, Maddy McKinney 2, Breck Gillespie 6, Hannah Morris 2.
Liberty 58, Foyil 34
J. Corette 2, J. Alexander 10, J. Sutter 19, K. Mayberry 16, A. Boone 12.
M. Dennis 6, M. Valliere 15, K. West 2, T. Pinkston 6, A. Blenk 3, B. Barbee 2.
CVHS 60, Copan 24
Joanna Guevara 3, Hanna Jones 2, Preslee Cooper 5, Paige Urquhart 11, Rylee Young 3, Gavriel Myers 24, Kaitlyn Clemons 5, Chenoa Webb 2, LeiLani Whitworth 3, Katie Cagle 2.
Kolbey O’Rourke 8, Hannah Long 3, Sarah Owens 4, Tatum Williams 6, Rylee Young 3
Caney Valley 41, Liberty 27
Jacelyn Lorette 4, Josie Sutter 6, Kasie Mayberry 15, Ashtyn Boone 2.
Preslee Cooper 2, Paige Urquhart 13, Gavy Myers 6, Kaitlyn Clemons 10, Chenoa Webb 6, Katie Cagle 4.
OUHS 43, Chelsea 35
Lauren McKinney 5, Rebecca Lundy 7, Tori George 6, Elsa Matthews 18, Chesnie Hewitt 7.
C. Draeger 3, K. Thurman 7, Cassi Smith 18, Anna Wolf 4, Sadie Jordan 2, Kenzie Dick 1.
Foyil 52, Copan 32
Mila Dennis 2, Morgan Valliere 7, Kassidy West 18, Calleigh Oviatt 3, Allyson Bland 3, Erika Murang 2, Brie Barbee 10, Mattison Otis 7.
Kolbey O’Rourke 8, Bre Nash 3, Sarah Owens 2, Tatum Williams 13, Rylee Young 6
Caney Valley 40, Foyil 30
Cheyton Shepherd 6, Christian Colbert 6, Erick McLaughlin 4, Brandon Fogle 13, Trent Gagan 6, Christian Ballew 5
J. Fustin 13, S. Platt 5, G. Spence 2, C. Latz 6, M. Webb 4
OUHS 90, Chelsea 29
A. Veysey 4, T. Doll 3, J. Griffith 2, R. Theall 6, W. Haley 2, G. Veysey 5, G. Moreland 4, J. Humler 2, M. Strickland 2.
D. Ellis 2, L. Key 7, J. Collier 19, J. Hollingshed 7, B. Epperson 6, M. Seigel 13, Kohlsyn Gibson 28, H. Harris 2, N. Collier 6
OUHS 74, Caney Valley 50
Cheyton Shepherd 6, Levi Coulter 5, Christian Colbert 11, Erick McLaughlin 11, Brandon Fogle 2, Juan Guevara 4, Trent Gagan 7, Eli Lucas 2, Christian Ballew 2.
Dally Ellis 10, Jeff Collier 15, Jace Hollingshed 6, Britten Epperson 4, Mason Seigel 2, Kohlsyn Gibson 25, Nate Collier 4, Hunter Harris 8.
Copan 70, WCS 47
Coltin Brizendine 5, Wyatt Davis 3, Sam Lannan 5, Colt Raemhild 38, Aaron Hunt 2, Garrick Askew 17.
Seth Thomas 6, Desmond Thompson 18, Preston Francis 2, Levi Harper 6, Kael Smith 13, Micah Owens 2.
Barnsdall 61. Liberty 51
Christian Warford 20, Derek Wilson 12, Michael Marin 19, Jacob Kelley 6, Braden Kelley 2, Ely Reese 2.
Clue Anderson 6, Kyler Cloud 20, Devin Downing 9, Logan Hickerson 2, Jaylen Wheeler 12, Stetson Still 2.