By CEDRIQUE FLEMMING
PARK HILL — The Keys girls earned a 62-46 win over Catoosa Tuesday night inside Cougar Fieldhouse.
The Lady Cougars were led by Sydni Rainbolt’s 17 points and 12 rebounds. Mylee Hewitt added 15 for the home side.
Rainbolt scored just two points in the first half, but Morgan Drywater picked up the slack in the post by scoring all 10 of her points in the game’s first 16 minutes.
“Opponents come into our games keying on Mylee, Sydni and Ali (Nolan),” Keys coach Mickey Duncan said. “Not everyone knows who Morgan is yet, but she has really come on lately. She’s a big part of what we’re trying to do, and as she gets better, she’s going to make life easier for Sydni and Mylee.”
Rainbolt found her groove in the second half, shooting 6 of 7 from the field and scoring 15 points.
“We told Sydni at halftime that she needed to take over, and she was able to do that,” Duncan said. “We wish we could have gotten that effort the whole game, but we’re happy she was able to perform as well as she did.”
Keys never trailed in the contest despite shooting just 9-for-27 (33 percent) from the field in the first half. The Lady Cougars were able to take advantage of early Catoosa foul trouble, making 15 of their first 16 free-throw attempts.
The home team led 15-8 after the first quarter and took a 36-20 advantage into the locker room. Catoosa was able to battle back to within seven points early in the fourth quarter, but a 9-0 run from the home side squashed any hopes of a potential comeback.
Keys finished the game shooting 39 percent (19-for-49) from the field and 71 percent (22-for-31) from the charity stripe.
“We have an important stretch right now with two road games upcoming,” said Duncan, whose club will play at Fort Gibson Friday night before going to Sequoyah Saturday. “We try to set goals for the week to be undefeated. That can’t happen if you don’t win on Tuesday, so we’re happy to be able to start the week off on a high note.”
Madison Martin led Catoosa with 15 points in a game-high 30 minutes. Sarah Nash added 14 and Kayla Jones contributed 10 for the visitors. The Indians were held to just 31-percent shooting (14-for-45) and turned the ball over 23 times.
Keys 62, Catoosa 46
Catoosa 8 12 16 10 46
Keys 15 21 13 13 62
CATOOSA: Madison Martin 15; Sarah Nash 14; Kayla Jones 10; Jamie Surine 3; Taylor Phillips 2; Sydney Whistance 1; Kendra Moon 1.
KEYS: Sydni Rainbolt 17; Mylee Hewitt 15; Morgan Drywater 10; Kandace Hallmark 9; Jaylee Young 4; Ali Nolan 3; Courtney Willis 3; Lauren Stratton 2.
Catoosa: 5-17 (Madison Martin 3-6; Kayla Jones 1-4; Sarah Nash 1-3; Kambri Jackson 0-2; Jamie Surine 0-2); Keys: 2-11 (Mylee Hewitt 2-6; Morgan Drywater 0-1; Kandace Hallmark 0-1; Jaylee Young 0-1; Rachel Lawrence 0-1; Sydni Rainbolt 0-1).
Fouled out--Catoosa: Taylor Phillips; Keys: None.
Rebounds--Catoosa33 (Kayla Jones 6); Keys 37 (Sydni Rainbolt 12).
Assists--Catoosa 7 (Taylor Phillips 4); Keys 11 (Morgan Drywater 2; Mylee Hewitt 2; Lauren Stratton 2; Sydni Rainbolt 2).
Total fouls--Catoosa 23, Keys 20.
Technical fouls--Catoosa: None; Keys: None.
Keys (boys) 66, Catoosa 47
The two-headed monster of Trevor Eubanks and Payton Ragsdale did what they do best, combining for 42 points in a comfortable 66-47 win for the Keys boys over Catoosa.
Ragsdale was 8-for-13 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds in 27 minutes. Eubanks played a game-high 28 minutes and added five boards and five steals of his own.
“We just need them to keep doing exactly what they did tonight,” Keys coach Duane Jones said. “I love it when they play like that. We’re definitely going to miss them next year.”
Keys led just 7-4 after a lackluster first quarter, but the home side picked up the pace in the second and led 23-13 at intermission. A 26-point explosion in the third quarter was all the Cougars needed to cruise to the 19-point win.
“We just hit some shots, got some steals and had some easy buckets,” Jones said. “We’ve played poorly in the third quarter all year long, and we tried to emphasize that at halftime.”
Keys forced 17 Catoosa turnovers and held the visitors to just 37-percent shooting (16-for-45). The Cougars shot 46 percent (36 percent) from the field and knocked down 4 of 11 (36 percent) from downtown.
The home team dominated in the post, scoring 32 points in the paint to just 18 from Catoosa. The team also had 13 second-chance points and 12 fast-break points.
Keys was also aided by a combined 20 points and 12 rebounds from its other three starters in Cody Cole, Tyler Blankenship and Mason Turman.
“It’s important for us that each of those guys can contribute six or eight points,” Jones said. “Payton and Trevor are usually going to be our leading scorers, but when those other guys are scoring, we become that much better.”
Justin Phelps was the sole member of the Indians to reach double figures, as he finished with 13 points.
Keys 66, Catoosa 47
Catoosa 4 9 19 15 47
Keys 7 16 26 17 66
Catoosa: Justin Phelps 13; Tre Harvey 8; Alex Whistance 8; Colton Loomis 5; Dalton Gilespie 4; Colbey Madwell 3; Caleb Nilsey 2; Brett Bowline 2; Kaleb Presley 2.
Keys: Trevor Eubanks 25; Payton Ragsdale 17; Tyler Blankenship 9; Cody Cole 6; Mason Turman 5; Gustavo Pinto 2; Tristan Walker 2.
Catoosa: 5-16 (Justin Phelps 3-5; Tre Harvey 1-1; Colton Loomis 1-3; Colbey Madwell 0-1; Caleb Nilsey 0-1; Kaleb Presley 0-1; Alex Willis 0-1; Tristan Morgan 0-1; Dalton Gilespie 0-1; Alex Whistance 0-1).
Keys: 4-11 (Trevor Eubanks 3-9; Tyler Blankenship 1-1; Chase Girdner 0-1).
Rebounds--Catoosa 32 (Dalton Gilespie 7); Keys 35 (Payton Ragsdale 9).
Assists--Catoosa 6 (Alex Whistance 3); Keys 11 (Tyler Blankenship 3).
Total fouls--Catoosa 16; Keys 13.
Technical fouls--Catoosa: Colbey Madwell; Keys: None.