Vian High School basketball teams start playing in the Bill Frye Classic in Mansfield, Ark. On Tuesday.
The Lady Wolverines and Wolverines both play in Waldron, Ark., With the Girls ‘match starting at 2:45 p.m. and the Boys’ contest starting at 4:00 p.m.
The winner of the girls ‘match will face Booneville, Ark., At 2:45 p.m. next Wednesday and the winner of the boys’ match will meet the winner of Booneville-Pocola at 4:00 p.m. next Wednesday.
The other women’s teams in the tournament are Mansfield, Mulberry, Ark., Hackett, Ark., And Shiloh, Ark.
The other boys’ teams in the tournament are Mansfield, Paris, Ark., Hackett, Ark and Pea Ridge, Ark.
The consolation matches (girls at 12:15 a.m., boys at 1:30 p.m.), for third place (2:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.) and championship (5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) are scheduled for December 30 (Thursday).
Vian dropped a pair of Big 8 Conference high school basketball games in Oktaha on Friday night inside Traw Fieldhouse.
Oktaha Girls 61, Vian 47
Vian’s Greenlee Wells scored 16 points, a record for the team and Tayden Locust added 10 on Friday night, but three Lady Tigers hit double the scores as Class 2A No.17 Oktaha beat the Lady Wolverines in conference action.
In the first period, Harlee Carlton managed a 3-point shot for the Lady Wolverines (0-2 overall) but Oktaha (5-2) took a 12-6 lead.
Locust and Carlton each recorded four points in the second stanza while the Lady Tigers added 10 points (18-8) to their advantage to lead 30-14 at halftime.
Wells scored three field goals by 2 points in the third quarter and Skyelar Locust added three points, but Oktaha outscored Vian 15-13.
Behind the score of Wells (10 points) and Isabella Garrison and Tayden Locust (4 each), the Lady Wolverines reduced by three points (16-13) the final deficit in the fourth period.
Trailing Wells and Tayden Locust in Vian’s goals were Carlton (8 points), Garrison (6), Skyelar Locust (3), Maci Smith (2) and Maisie Wells (1).
Oktaha’s top three scorers were Ava Scott (28 points), Bekah Bunch (13) and Rylee Waters (10).
Oktaha Boys 53, Vian 46 (Double OT)
The unranked Wolverines got the No. 13 Class 2A Tigers to double overtime on Friday night, but Oktaha hung on for the conference victory.
Each team scored 10 points in the opening period and Vian’s top scorers were Yonsi Grass (4 points) and Xavin Lackey and Desean Mays (3 each).
Vian (0-2 overall) did not score in the second stanza and the Tigers (4-3) led 17-10 at intermission.
Lackey scored three 2-pointers in the third quarter and Diego Ramos added a pair of 2-pointers to help Vian tie the game (23-23) after wiping out the seven-point deficit (13-6).
Grass (6 points) and K’Den Richardson (3 points) and Lackey (3 points) topped the Wolverines in scoring in the fourth quarter as each team scored 14 points.
Richardson’s 3-point sideline gave Vian the lead (40-37) in first overtime and later in the period he added a free throw. With 20 seconds remaining, Noah Mendoza netted an inside basket after grabbing an offensive rebound to bring the score to 43-41, but the Tigers sent the game to the second extra period after making a pair of free throws with 4. , 6 seconds to play. Richardson’s desperation at the buzzer between circles on Vian’s side was just irrelevant.
Oktaha scored the first five points in second overtime and after Ramos’ free kick and Lackey’s inside basket, the Tigers netted the last five points of the period to secure the win.
Lackey and Grass led the Wolverines with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Richardson (9), Ramos and Mays (5 each) and Mendoza (2) also scored for Vian. Vian High School basketball teams start playing in the Bill Frye Classic in Mansfield, Ark. On Tuesday.