By Buck Ringgold
Winning last month's Tournament of Champions title in Tulsa gave Bixby's girls a shot in the arm.
The Lady Spartans have carried over that momentum and have continued a stretch of good play. Bixby has now won eight of its past nine ballgames, capped by a pair of decisive wins on the road.
On Jan. 14, Bixby won by 30 points, 55-25, at archrival Jenks. Then on Tuesday, the Lady Spartans traveled to Bartlesville and came away 65-39 winners.
"We have all of our players healthy, which is always a big deal, and everybody's just kind of embracing their roles and we're getting a little more chemistry about us and smoother with our system now," Bixby coach Tina Thomas said. "We still have some things to work on, but those are some areas of improvement that I've seen."
In the Jenks win, four Lady Spartans - all juniors - reached double figures. Alyssa Nielsen was the top scorer with 15 points, followed by 14 from Gentry Baldwin. Meredith Mayes and Gracy Wernli added 10 each as well.
They nearly turned the trick again against Bartlesville, as Wernli had 20 points, followed by 17 from Baldwin and 10 from Mayes. Nielsen finished with eight points.
"The girls played really well in both of those games," Thomas said. "We went to Jenks and our defense was just locked down again; we played really good defense.