For the first time this entire high school basketball season, the Guthrie programs combined to play their first home games together.
Friday night was Homecoming and the gymnasium was packed for the Suburban Conference matchup with the Bears.
The Lady Jays secured the lead for good midway through the third quarter en route to a 47-36 win to improve to 10-5 on the season.
In the nightcap, Guthrie’s final shot of the game was halfway down to send the game into overtime. However, the shot bounced out as Noble rallied for a 50-48 win. The 14th-ranked Jays fall to 8-7 on the season.
Lady Jays head coach Breck Clark’s squad forced seven Noble turnovers in the first 4:00 of the game, but the game remained tied after the quarter, 14-all.
In the second, Mariah Dightman scored seven of the team’s nine points to give Guthrie a 23-21 advantage at the break.
Dightman, a junior, finished the night with 25 points, including 13 points in the second half.
With the game tied at 27-all with 5:08 left in the third quarter, Guthrie outscored the 18th-ranked Bears 20-9 the rest of the way.
Junior Kynlee Smedley was solid from the 3-point line as she drilled three to finish with nine points. Senior point-guard Anjewl Murillo added eight points.
Guthrie is now 7-3 this season against 5A schools.
Late shot prevails Noble over Guthrie
In the second game of the night, Guthrie jumped out to a 12-0 lead as Noble was held without a basket in the first 6:41 of the game. However, Noble rallied from a 14-point deficit with a late bucket to steal a road game.
The Jays held a 10-point lead after the first quarter and a nine-point advantage at the half. Despite the lead, Guthrie was not able to separate themselves from the Bears who struggled offensively.
The Bears kept drawing closer in the third quarter by outscoring Guthrie 18-11 to make it a four-quarter game.
Noble’s first lead of the game came with 5:04 left in the game. After four lead changes, Noble had their largest lead of the night, 43-40, with 2:46 to play.
Junior Nate Benford hit two crucial free throws with 30 seconds left to tie the game at 48-all.
Noble football stand-out wide receiver Brandon Harper rose from the left wing of the free throw line and drilled the shot with 3.2 ticks left.
Out of the timeout, Guthrie head coach Sean Morgan drew up the perfect play as the Jays had to go the full length of the floor.
After three passes, Guthrie had a wide-open shot just inside the 3-point line from the left side. The basketball was halfway down before it bounced out allowing Noble to celebrate.
Looking at the video, the last shot appeared to have not been off in time with the ball in the shooter’s hand at the time of the buzzer and red backboard lights.
Guthrie finished with two players in double-digit scoring, including Braydon Morgan with 17 and Benford adding 13.
Noble, ranked 20th in Class 5A, improved to 8-7.
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