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Collinsville’s basketball teams are off to a strong start on the 2022 portion of their schedules.

Each went 3-1 in the opening week and finished third in the Lincoln Christian Winter Classic.

In the third-place games Saturday, Jacob Scyrkels scored a career-high 38 points in a 79-57 victory over Edison in a matchup of Class 5A top-10 teams after Collinsville’s girls rallied past Stilwell 61-54.

Scyrkels was an all-tournament selection. Cooper McDowell and Oscar Hammond also finished in double figures for Collinsville (9-2) with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Jay Overton-Tobie paced the Eagles (8-5) with 13 points.

Collinsville was ahead 31-25 at the half, but took control with a blistering start from the floor in the third quarter.

The Cards made their first six shots of the frame, including a trio of 3-pointers from McDowell. They eventually led 58-41 after three periods and were never seriously threatened in the final stanza.

“I was very pleased with our character and our competitive nature,” Collinsville coach Todd Anderson said. “Our guard play has been really solid and our length on defense gives people problems.”

Collinsville beat Glenpool 84-38 last Tuesday and then got past Wagoner 54-38 in the opening round at Lincoln on Thursday.

In the semifinals Friday, the Cardinals dropped a hard-fought contest against Stilwell 56-52. They rebounded quickly though, thanks to Scyrkels and company.

In the girls’ game, the Cardinals (7-4) had four players with at least 10 points, including a game-high 17 points from all tournament selection Brie Smith.

Abbey Stamper finished with 16 points while Makayla Meadows and Liz Thomas had 11 apiece. Kinley Johnson paced Stilwell (8-3) with 16 points.

Collinsville trailed 42-38 after three quarters, but took the lead for good at 46-44 on a 3-pointer from Meadows with 4:50 left.

“Makayla is not really known as a scorer, but she made a couple of big shots,” Collinsville coach Janson Hightower said. “We had good balance tonight.”

Stamper followed with a steal near her own free throw line that she took the rest of the way for a layup 30 seconds after the trey from Meadows.

Smith then got a conventional 3-point play with 3:46 remaining. Stilwell got no closer than four points the rest of the way.

Hightower, in his first season as the coach of the Lady Cardinals, is very pleased with the progress and maturity of his team.

“They are growing up,” Hightower said. “They are sharing the ball well and really taking to our coaching.”

Collinsville had wins of 56-41 at Glenpool this past Tuesday and 60-53 over Wagoner on Thursday in the opening round at Lincoln Christian. In the Wagoner game, Liz Thomas’s driving basket snapped the tie with 1:25 remaining. Four players combined to sink 9-of-10 free throws in the final 51 seconds to seal the win for Collinsville.

The Lady Cards then fell 66-43 to defending Class 5A state champion Sapulpa on Friday.

Both Collinsville teams will host Coweta on Tuesday and visit Grove on Friday.

Owasso sweeps Muskogee

Owasso posted a sweep in its only action of the week on Jan. 4 at Muskogee. In the boys game, the Rams (6-3) prevailed 65-60 while the Lady Rams (4-5) won 50-40.

Owasso will host Bartlesville on Tuesday and Booker T. Washington on Friday.

COLLINSVILLE 79, EDISON 57 (boys)

Collinsville;12;19;27;21;—;79

Edison;11;14;16;16;—;57

Collinsville (9-2): Scyrkels 38, McDowell 14, Hammond 11, Meachem 8, Schlomann 5, Himebaugh 3.

Edison (8-5): Overton-Tobie 13, Parish 12, Johnson 11, Spears 9, Falling 6, Spencer 2, Chavez 2, R. Hawkins 2.

COLLINSVILLE 61, STILWELL 54 (girls)

Collinsville;14;15;9;23;—;61

Stilwell;18;12;12;12;—;54

Collinsville (7-4): Smith 17, Stamper 16, Meadows 11, Thomas 11, White 3, Reid 2, Henley 1.

Stilwell (8-3): Johnson 14, Thurber 11, Mink 10, Watie 9, Catron 8, Holmes 2.

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