It was Senior Night last Friday night in the Guthrie High School gym. The girls lost a heartbreaking 32-28 game to the #1 Class 5A Piedmont Ladycats. The boys’ team then came out and with the help of strong starts in the first and third quarters swept the season series against the Wildcats 59-49.
In between the games, the coaches honored the senior players and senior cheerleaders along with their parents and family members.
The senior Bluejays players were Jayden Burleson, Richard Doolittle, Jose Martinez, Luke Morgan, and Kade Whorton. The lone LadyJays senior was Charli Shelton. The senior cheerleaders honored were Tyroneah Bowens, Amara Broadnax, Bianca Hunter, Ariana Morgan, DaLynn Sumo, Cayden Ward, and Amy Young.
In the boys’ game, the Bluejays got off to a hot start and led 14-4 after the first quarter. The game settled down in the second quarter and the Wildcats found their shooting stroke to close the deficit to 20-18 at the half. The Bluejays came out hot again in the third quarter and got the margin back up to ten points before the Wildcats got the score back to 39-33 after three quarters The two teams combined for 36 points in the final quarter, but once the Bluejays got the margin up to ten points, the visitors were unable to get it any closer.
Seniors Doolittle and Whorton led the way with 14 and 13 points respectively. Jaylen Chelf chipped in 11 points. Morgan finished with nine points and Martinez chipped in with six points. TJ Kelly closed out the scoring with a six point effort.
The Bluejays also took advantage of 18 Wildcat fouls to shoot 18-for-23 from the free throw line Friday night with ten of those conversions in the fourth quarter.
The Bluejays (14-8) played at Ponca City (9-14) on Monday night and now travel to Edison Prep in Tulsa for regional action this Friday night. Guthrie will play Bishop Kelley (10-13) at 6:30 p.m. followed by Edison Prep (18-4) against Nathan Hale (2-21) at 8 p.m. The winners play at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The losers are done for the year.
In the girls’ game, the LadyJays started with a quick 6-0 lead and it took Piedmont almost five minutes to score in the game and it was 9-6 after the first quarter. The Ladycats then went scoreless for the first five minutes of the second quarter, but so did the LadyJays and Piedmont led 13-12 at the half.
Guthrie scored as many points in the third quarter as they did the entire first half and had a 24-19 lead over the #1 team in the state after three quarters. Guthrie got the lead to 27-21 with four minutes to go in the game, when Piedmont went on a 9-0 run to take the lead at 30-27. The teams scrambled for points down the stretch and two Piedmont free throws in the final seconds sealed the deal for the visitors.
Anjewl Murillo led the effort with 13 points. McKenna Gatson had five points. Kyra Wheeler was guarded very tightly and ended up with four points and no three-pointers on the night. Shelton chipped in with four points also.
Neither team shot well from beyond the arc as each team only had one 3-pointer in the game. Free throws also were a missed opportunity as the visitors were 3-for-8 and Guthrie was 9-for-16 from the free throw line.
The Lady ‘Jays 10-11) lost at Ponca City Monday night 50-31 and now travel to Piedmont tomorrow night for a regional match-up with Shawnee (10-13) at 6:30 p.m. Guthrie has split with Shawnee this year winning 45-40 in Guthrie and losing 43-42 in Shawnee a couple of weeks ago. Piedmont plays Santa Fe South in the 8 p.m. game. The winners will play at 1:30 Saturday afternoon for the regional title.