McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Local Sports

February 8, 2014

Miners too strong for Diggers

WILBURTON — The Hartshorne Miners couldn’t sink a perimeter shot, and oftentimes they couldn’t even hit the rim.

With the Miners’ outside-shooting ineffective, they turned to the paint.

Trey Medicine Bear and Isaiah Osife combined for 26 points — almost all of which came on shots within 10 feet of the basket — helping the Miners spoil Friday’s Homecoming game in Wilburton, 55-42.

“We found a way to get to the rim,” Hartshorne coach Jeff Beare said.

“We’ve taken it upon ourselves that we want to get to the rim. Our 3 (pointer) needs to be our second option.”

The Miners switched from a half-court defense to a full-court press to start the second half. The strategy didn’t work in the third, with the Diggers’ scoring 15 points in their highest-scoring quarter of the game.

Hartshorne stuck with its press, and it paid dividends in the fourth, with the Miners forcing turnovers on five consecutive Wilburton possessions.

Though Hartshorne’s first steal couldn’t produce points, Medicine Bear picked off the next Wilburton pass and found Osife for a layup. Medicine

Bear’s second steal led to Troy Ray scoring off an offensive rebound, and Medicine Bear’s third led to Ryan Reddick’s layup and a 42-32 lead with about five minutes left in the game.

“I wanted to try to win without it, but I felt like we needed to just get that pressure, try to get that momentum that we needed,” Beare said of his fullcourt press.

“We line up our press according to who’s shooting the free throw. We kind of got lucky in those situations where Trey (Medicine Bear) was the one who was back.”

Medicine Bear, a freshman, also appeared to be physically stronger than anyone on Wilburton’s roster, simply overpowering defenders in his drives to the basket. Medicine Bear scored 12 for the Miners, his layup off a pass from Osife putting Hartshorne up 44-32 with 3:30 left in the fourth.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Casey Fernandez 1 Ex-Buff Fernandez reaches golf semifinal

    Casey Fernandez, a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi and former golfer for the McAlester Buffaloes, made it all the way to the Oklahoma Golf Association’s State Amateur Championship semifinals before losing to Tulsa-Jenks golfer Preston Crawford on Wednesday at The Patriot Golf Course in Owasso.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Maceo Thomas 1 Thomas key to McAlester disc golf growth

    For Maceo Thomas, one of the founding members of the Eagle Hill Disc Golf Club, the 12 golfers who came out for Saturday's mini-tournament in Krebs is a welcome sign of how much disc golf has grown since the club formed in 2011.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Josh Ramsey Ramsey wins Eagle Hill tourney

    Josh Ramsey threw 10 birdies and eight pars, needing just 44 total strokes to win Saturday’s mini-tournament at Eagle Hill Disc Golf Course in Krebs.

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • Bill Williams Williams looks back on Hartshorne coaching era

    Still living in Hartshorne six weeks after accepting a coaching job at Elk City, Williams sat down with the McAlester News-Capital to look back on his seven-year Hartshorne coaching career.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clay Doyle Kiowa’s Doyle signs with St. Gregory's University

    Kiowa's Clay Doyle earned a baseball scholarship to St. Gregory's University in Shawnee in early May, then enjoyed a signing ceremony Friday at Kiowa High School.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Booster club to host golf tournament

    Eufaula’s golf booster club will hold its 3rd annual Ironhead Golf Booster Club Charity Tournament on Aug. at 9 a.m. at Fountainhead Creek Golf Course in Checotah.

    July 18, 2014

  • Clarissa Salinas Photo gallery: McAlester volleyball practice

    Photos from Thurday's McAlester Lady Buffaloes volleyball practice at Puterbaugh Middle School.

    July 18, 2014 6 Photos

  • Zoie Newman Volleyball camp wraps in McAlester

    McAlester’s road back to the championship-caliber volleyball teams of the mid-2000s could take multiple seasons, so new varsity coach Sara Reeder ran a four-day youth volleyball camp Monday through Thursday at Puterbaugh Middle School in McAlester.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schedule released for Little League Regional

    The schedule has been released for the Little League Southwestern Region tournament, which will have Pittsburg County Little League as its representative and runs Aug. 1-6 at Marvin Norcross Stadium in Waco, Texas.
     

    July 17, 2014

  • Dennis Sistrunk The Firm wins men’s league tournament

    The Firm won four games in a row following its opening-round loss, scoring more runs in each subsequent game to win the men’s league softball tournament Tuesday at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.

    July 16, 2014 5 Photos

Poll

Do you agree with the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision?

Yes
No
     View Results
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.