Shadi Ottwell

Shadi Ottwell (13) had six points all from the free throw line during the second second quarter as the Lady Bulldogs beat Wynnewood at the Black Diamond Classic. The Empire Lady Bulldogs had three in double figures during the victory to open up their second tournament of the season.

Both teams opened up the 2022 Black Diamond Classic with close first quarters, but Empire basketball managed to sweep first round games this past Thursday to move on to the winner’s bracket.


Double-Double from Weber leads Bulldogs over Waurika

Facing a team not to far in distance from each other, the Empire Bulldogs’ senior McRay Weber notched a double-double in the 50-29 victory with the Bulldogs pulling ahead in the second quarter.

Waurika scored the first bucket as Treyton Torrez netted the points before Weber tied it up late in the first quarter of action.

Freshman Easton Beck hit a three bucket to take the lead with Empire never looking back from that point as the Bulldogs held Waurika in check for the rest of the game.

The first quarter ended with a three bucket from Colby Boyd as the Bulldogs led 10-5 over Waurika with Empire starting the second quarter with a few buckets.

Weber and Beck hit buckets to extend the lead to nine points before Waurika cut it back to five with Weber netting his second bucket of the quarter to put it at a seven-point lead.

Boyd hit his second three of the game in the second quarter to put Empire up 19-11 with Beck also hitting a three to put the lead at 10 points before another three, this time from Rylan Miller, put the Bulldogs up by 13 before halftime.

Waurika had Torrez hit one of two free throws and a three to put Empire up 25-16 at halftime. They continued their run to begin the third quarter, and cut the lead down to six at one point.

With the scoring run going into the third quarter, Boyd hit his third and final three-point bucket of the game to put Empire’s lead to nine with the Bulldogs ending the third quarter on a scoring run of their own.

Miller, Weber, Brodric Spigner and Damian Goldsberry contributed points to put Empire up by 15 as they led 36-21 heading into the fourth quarter of action.

Weber got the traditional three-point play to start the fourth quarter to put the Bulldogs’ lead to 17.

Then, Nicolas Spigner got two clutch free throws to put the lead to nearly 20 points in the fourth.

Beck hit his third three of the game to get the lead back to 19 while Brodric Spigner got the lead to 21 with a bucket late in the fourth quarter.

Miller got the lead back to 23 with a bucket after Torrez hit a bucket for Waurika and Weber was able to get one final bucket to ensure he had over 10 points in the game.

Toward the end of the game, Weber grabbed his 10th and 11th rebound of the game to get the double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Beck joined him with 11 points scored in the game.

Now 6-3 on the year, Empire headed into the semi-finals of the Black Diamond Classic to face Wynnewood, who won their first round game after the Empire Lady Bulldogs’ first round game.


Three in double figures helps Lady Bulldogs past Wynnewood

The first half of action was close in the second game for Empire High School, however three players got into double figures to help the Lady Bulldogs past Wynnewood 58-42 in their first round game.

Wynnewood started the game off with five straight points before Empire got their first points of the game from Mia Curtis and KK Smith.

Down by six early in the first quarter, a returning Adrianna Guerra hit a three bucket to get the Lady Bulldogs back in the game with Curtis getting a bucket to bring it to a one point game.

Emery Kowalik hit two free throws to take the first lead of the game, however Wynnewood was able to take the lead back before Curtis hit a big shot to take the one point lead.

Leading 13-12 heading into the second quarter, Stephanie Millan got into the action to bring the lead to three points for Empire, however Wynnewood got the next two buckets to take the lead back.

Smith was able to get her only bucket of the second quarter to put the lead at one point before Wynnewood took the lead back when another senior for Empire got to the line and started hitting the freebie shots.

Shadi Ottwell got to the line twice and converted all four free throws with Millan hitting her second two bucket of the game to put Empire up by five points.

Ottwell converted her final two free throws to make her a perfect 6-for-6 in the third quarter from the charity stripe and put the lead at seven in favor of the Lady Bulldogs.

Wynnewood ended the half with several points, however Empire led 26-24 at halftime with the buckets flowing in the third quarter from the Lady Bulldogs.

Millan, Smith and Curtis had five buckets from the field in the third quarter to have 10 of the 14 points scored in the third quarter to extend the lead to eight points at the end of the third quarter.

Those three same players had two buckets apiece in the fourth quarter to end the game as the three players in double figures as Empire got the victory over Wynnewood.

Smith led the scoring with 17 points while Curtis and Millan both had 14 apiece to put Empire at 6-3 and heading to the semi-finals of the Black Diamond Classic.

Both Empire games on Friday evening were after press time and results will publish in the Tuesday edition of The Duncan Banner.

The Lady Bulldogs had the first game against Waurika, while the Bulldogs faced Wynnewood in the semi-finals of the Black Diamond Classic in Rush Springs.

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