ilburton — The Wilburton Diggers and Lady Diggers hosted the Stigler Panthers and Lady Panthers in a Tuesday night match-up. Both teams looked a little rusty as it was their first game coming back from the holiday break.

In the opener, the Lady Panthers canned a three and a conventional basket to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Wilburton came alive at the three minute mark with a Sarah McGee deuce and a Karlee Rutledge trey. McGee scored again on a fast break lay-up giving the home team a 10-5 advantage after the first eight minutes.

Wilburton started the second quarter with a fresh five. Alyssa Fugitt scored in the first 30 seconds giving the Lady Diggers a 12-5 lead. Stigler went on a seven point run to tie up the score at 12-all. Wilburton put their starting five back in and soon took back the lead. Wilburton than began crashing the offensive boards. Rutledge netted her second three after a McGee two-pointer. The Lady Purple and White entertained a 21-16 advantage at the intermission.

Stigler outscored Wilburton in the last 16 minutes, 10 to eight and 12 to seven. The visitors opened up the second half with two steals and two made free throws. The Lady Panthers started exploring their inside game with Rebecca Stubblefield leading the way. She would later end the game with 20 points.

Amy Hays scored all eight points for Wilburton in the period. Wilburton had a few problems controlling their passes but still hung on to a slight 29-26 lead going into the final eight minutes.

The Lady Panthers battled back and took the lead at the three minute mark on a Heather Kirkland trey. Wilburton went ahead 36-34 with one minute remaining in the contest. Stigler quickly answered on the other end of the floor sending the score back to 36-all.

Brianna Beck netted her first basket of the night with only three seconds on the clock, giving the visitors the lead.

Wilburton barely missed a desperation three that hit the rim at the buzzer to end the game. Stigler moves to three and five with the 38-36 victory while Wilburton moves to four and three.

In the nightcap the Panthers started the game with a quick four points. After winning the tip Stigler’s Lucas Spears made the first two baskets of the game giving the visitors a 4-0 early lead. Wilburton’s Jimmy Johnson canned a two at the five minute mark to open up the scoring for Wilburton. The Diggers fought back and ended the period with an 8-7 lead.

Wilburton went to Shane Smith in the second eight minutes as he scored all of their nine points. The Diggers only allowed Stigler’s top scorer Tyler Garner to score four points in the first half of play. Garner’s teammates chipped in giving the visitors a 19-17 advantage at the halftime break.

The Diggers came out of the locker room cold as ice sending the Panthers on a 10-0 run. Justin Crouch canned two threes to lead the way. The third quarter became the deciding factor in the contest as Stigler outscored Wilburton 15-5.

Wilburton had their work cut out for them trailing 34-22 going into the last stanza. Both teams missed a lot of shots down the stretch. The Diggers outscored Stigler 9-4 in the quarter but would not be enough to overcome the deficit. Wilburton dropped their sixth game of the season with a final score of 38-31. Wilburton’s Smith lead the night in scoring for both teams with 20 points.

The Diggers and Lady Diggers will travel over the mountain Friday night to take on Hartshorne in the round-ball Battle of Gowen Mountain. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

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