BY EASTON LEONARD –
Throughout last week, the Acorn senior high basketball teams competed in the 6th Annual Gary Ford Invitational Basketball Tournament at Hartford High School.
Tipping off the tournament, on Monday, November 27th, both the Tigers and Lady Tigers took on Heavener. The Lady Tigers won 73-57, and the senior boys defeated the Wolves 82-73.
In their second round games, on Thursday, November 30th, the Acorn senior girls matched-up against the Oden Lady Timberwolves, and the Tigers took on the Deer Antlers. The Lady Tigers defeated Oden, 64-32, to move onto the championship game, but the senior boys lost to Deer, 75-54, to move onto the third place game.
On Saturday, December 2nd, the Acorn senior boys took on the hosting Hustlers of Hartford. In a difference making first quarter, the Tigers outscored Hartford 18-11, and 19-17 in the second, to take a nine point, 37-28, lead into halftime. In a closer-knit second half, Acorn outscored the Hustlers 21-20 in the third quarter, and 24-21 in the fourth, to hold on and win thirteen, 82-69.
In the premiere girls game of the tournament, the Acorn Lady Tigers took on the Hackett lady Hornets in the championship game. Appearing to run away with the game in the first half, the Lady Tigers outscored Hackett 15-9, in both the first and second quarters, to take a twelve point, 30-18, lead into halftime. In the third quarter, the Lady Hornets held Acorn to only four points, while scoring twelve of their own, to narrow the Lady Tigers’ lead down to four going into the fourth. Hackett outscored the Lady Tigers again in the fourth quarter, 17-13, to tie the game up and send it to overtime. After a rough second half, the Lady Tigers held their ground, and outscored Hackett 9-5 in overtime, to win the game 56-52, and claim the championship.
Sophie Jackson led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 20 points on the night.
On Tuesday, December 5th, both the Acorn senior high girls and boys basketball teams traveled to Dierks to take on the Outlaws.