It was basketball homecoming last Friday night inside the Guthrie High School gym and the Bluejays crowned a queen and both teams took care of business with the visitors from Western Heights.
Guthrie senior Lady Bluejays player, Charli Shelton was crowned 2020 Basketball Homecoming Queen at halftime of the boy’s game. Shelton was escorted by Jayden Burleson. 2019 queen Nakiya Ballard returned to crown Shelton Friday night.
The attendants this year were freshman Annabella Aitken with escort Jaylen Chelf and sophomore McKenna Gatson with escort Nathan Ames. The flower girl was Alyvia Murillo, the crown bearer was Parnell Miller.
The Lady ‘Jays jumped out to an early 8-1 lead before the visitor closed the gap to 9-6 after the first quarter. The score was still close at 10-8 with six minutes left before halftime. Guthrie would then go on a 13-2 run to finish the half and take a commanding 23-10 lead. Guthrie took advantage of the visitors’ foul troubles and made ten trips to the free throw line in both the second and third quarters to expand the lead. Guthrie was in the bonus for the last two minutes of the third quarter and all the fourth quarter.
The visitors kept the game at the 15-point difference much of the third quarter as Paris Davis scored ten of the team’s 16 points in the quarter. Guthrie scored 17 points to make the score 40-26 going into the final quarter.
Junior Kyra Wheeler would be the difference in the fourth quarter with three made shots beyond the arc and would convert both of her free throws for an 11-point effort as the Guthrie team would finish off the 55-37 win to improve to 9-9 on the season.
Anjewl Murillo would lead the Lady Bluejays with 19 points. Murillo shot an amazing 18 free throws in the game as the visitors just kept fouling Murillo on the drives to the basket. Murillo would only convert nine of those free throws to go with her ten points from the field. Wheeler chipped in with 14 points that included four three-pointers in the game. Freshman Brayden Russell was also in double figures with 11 points that include two-three points and a solid 5-for- 6 from the free throw line. Russell was in foul trouble in the first half with three fouls but played a clean second half with no fouls. Shelton scored five points to help the cause. Madi Jones and Gatson each scored three points to close out the offense for the home team.
The Lady Bluejays shot 31 free throws Friday night, converting on 18 of them, while Western Heights shot six for the entire game. Guthrie also made seven three-pointers compared to three makes by the visitors. Western Heights made 13 shots inside the arc compared to Guthrie’s eight shots.
Guthrie traveled to Noble (7-12) last night and welcome #4 Carl Albert (13-5) to the GHS gym Friday night for their only meeting of the year.
There was not a Del City hangover after a tough loss to the #1 Class 5A team earlier in the week. The Bluejays came out firing on all cylinders as the score was 20-0 before the visitors dented the scoreboard at the 1:15 mark of the first quarter. It was 25-3 after the first quarter.
The Bluejays did not slow down in the second quarter as it was 49-13 at the half with TJ Kelly and Jose Martinez already in double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively. Guthrie played their starters most of the third quarter as they would add to the lead to make it 74-20 after three quarters.
Guthrie Head Coach Sean Morgan would start emptying the bench in the third quarter and the starters all took a seat for the final eight minutes and cheered on their teammates in the fourth quarter as the game would end with the 84-27 final.
Martinez and Kelly finished with 15 and 14 points in three quarters of play. Cade Whorton and Richard Doolittle chipped in with 13 and 12 points respectively in their three quarters of action. Luke Morgan helped the starters with seven points.
Chelf and Burleson came off the bench and scored eight points each and Brady Hirzel scored seven points to close out the bench scoring.
The Bluejays made 26 shots from inside the arc compared to the visitors’ five shots. The Bluejays also won the three-point battle 9-5. In stark contrast to last week’s El Reno game, the ‘Jays were a solid 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Western Heights was 2-for-9 at the charity stripe.
The Bluejays traveled to Noble (8-11) last night and host #3 Carl Albert (12-6) on Friday night at the GHS gym with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Titans will be coming off a key game from last night with #4 Shawnee.
Guthrie (12-6) is facing a key stretch of games in the next ten days with ranked opponents that will all play a key role in regional seeding. The Bluejays are being sent out East for the Class 5A regionals this year.