CPHS Basketball Preview: Sand Springs at Muskogee

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The Charles Page High School boys and girls basketball teams will return to the court Tuesday evening in Muskogee. The game will be the last of the year for the girls, while the boys still have one holiday tournament left. Both Sandite squads remain undefeated in Frontier Valley Conference action.

The No. 8 ranked Sand Springs boys (6-1, 3-0) suffered their first loss of the season at the Memorial Veteran’s Arena Invitational, 71-50 against Southwest Christian Academy, but defeated the Wichita Defenders 76-65 and the HFC Warriors 70-65 in overtime. On Tuesday they also rolled over Bartlesville 64-42.

Muskogee (2-4, 1-2) played only one game last week and fell 77-50 to undefeated Sapulpa. The Sandites edged out Muskogee 57-52 earlier this year.

James Brown has been the leading scorer for Muskogee this season, and the Rougher put up 23 points against the Sandites in their first meeting this season. Peyton Clark and Cameron Clemmons also broke double digits against Sand Springs.

Davon Richardson leads the Sandites in scoring with 15.8 points per game, but three other Sandites are also averaging double digits. Cale Savage averages 13.3, Josh Minney has 11.1, and Marlo Fox has 11.

The Sandites are fourteenth in 6A defensively and fifteenth offensively, winning by an average score of 63 to 55. Muskogee is 25th offensively and twentieth defensively, losing their games by an average of 59 to 51.

Head Coach Eric Savage (376-156) is 5-3 against Muskogee in his time at Sand Springs, but only 1-3 on the Roughers’ home court. Last year was the first time his Sandites won in Muskogee.

Muskogee (2-4)
L 52 - 57 No. 8 Sand Springs
W 52 - 44 Bixby
L 43 - 64 No. 4 Northwest Classen
W 60 - 31 Capitol Hill
L 50 - 78 No. 18 Norman
L 50 - 77 No. 2 Sapulpa

Sand Springs (6-1)
W 68 - 46 Ponca City
W 57 - 52 Muskogee
W 54 - 45 Broken Arrow
W 64 - 42 No. 19 Bartlesville
W 76 - 65 Wichita Defenders
L 50 - 71 SW Christian Academy
W 70 - 65 HFC Warriors

The No. 8 Lady Sandites (5-2, 3-0) should have little trouble in their rematch with Muskogee (1-4, 0-3) after throttling the Lady Roughers 109-39 earlier this season. Just last week they knocked off the defending Conference Champs from Bartlesville 66-48. Muskogee is coming off a 74-44 loss to Sapulpa.

The Sandites host an array of Division I talent, led by Kansas-commit Holly Kersgieter with 24.3 points per game. Destiny Johnson is also averaging double digits at 14.3. Mashyla Swain was the only Lady Rougher to break double digits in their earlier meeting with Sand Springs, scoring ten.

The Lady Sandites hold the No. 2 offense in 6A with 74 points per game and have the fourth-largest margin of victory at 21.3 points. Muskogee is thirtieth in offense and 31st in defense, losing by an average score of 74-38.

Sand Springs is 4-0 against Muskogee since 2016 and their last three meetings have been won by thirty points or more.

Muskogee (1-4)
L 39 - 109 No. 8 Sand Springs
L 24 - 78 No. 15 Bixby
L 25 - 74 No. 10 Tahlequah
W 59 - 34 Tulsa Central
L 44 - 74 No. 19 Sapulpa

Sand Springs (5-2)
L 62 - 74 No. 11 Ponca City
W 109 - 39 Muskogee
W 89 - 56 Broken Arrow
W 75 - 34 Tulsa Memorial
L 43 - 57 No. 5 Shawnee
W 75 - 62 No. 20 Jenks
W 66 - 48 No. 12 Bartlesville

Frontier Valley Conference Standings

Boys
3-0 No. 8 Sand Springs
2-0 No. 2 Sapulpa
2-0 No. 10 Union
2-1 No. 16 Jenks
1-1 No. 6 Booker T. Washington
1-2 No. 17 Owasso
1-2 Muskogee
1-2 No. 19 Bartlesville
0-2 Broken Arrow
0-3 Bixby

Girls
3-0 No. 8 Sand Springs
2-0 No. 10 Booker T. Washington
1-0 No. 18 Union
2-1 No. 12 Bartlesville
2-1 No. 15 Bixby
1-1 No. 19 Sapulpa
1-2 No. 20 Jenks
0-2 Broken Arrow
0-3 Owasso
0-3 Muskogee