Locust Grove suffered their first loss of the season in a top 20 grudge match Thursday.
The Pirates dropped to 1-1 after losing to 18th-ranked Vinita at home 54-50.
Locust Grove was ranked 20.
LG led most of the game, and had a three-point halftime advantage.
Senior forward Reed Bryant helped with a big portion of the lead, scoring 13 points.
The Hornets led after the opening possession, but didn’t regain a lead until early in the third period.
Locust Grove Head Coach Ronnie Maple cited a lack of focus in the fourth quarter.
“I thought for three quarters we played really well, and then we kind of got lackadaisical with the ball a little bit and that really hurt us,” Maple said.
The Pirates turned the ball over six times in the final period to lose an eight point lead.
The Hornets started the fourth period with a nine point run to take a 41-40 lead with 5:34 remaining.
LG was unable to regain a lead after Vinita’s run.
Maple said he told his players to come back ready to work for Friday’s game at Wagoner.
Senior point guard David Stone led the Pirates in scoring with 19 points.
Reed Bryant ended the game with 14 points and junior Taylor Halpain scored eight.
The Lady Pirates lost to ninth-ranked Vinita Tuesday night, 64-33 to drop their record to 1-1.
The game was scoreless until nearly halfway through the first period.
Locust Grove never led.
Vinita scored first with 4:56 left in the first period.
Locust Grove junior Sydnie Pierce answered with a contested layup, but only tied the ballgame.
Locust Grove’s biggest struggle was turnovers.
They turned the ball over 27 times in the ball game. The girls had problems offensively as well, only scoring four points in the first period.
Freshman point guard Karson Maple came off the bench to lead Locust Grove in scoring with seven points.
“We will bounce back from the loss,” senior guard Becki Hendrickson said.
“We just have to learn from our mistakes, keep our head up in the game and block out. All in all, we just need to be coachable and know why we’re playing and be competitive no matter who we play,”.
The Lady Pirates look to bounce back Friday at Wagoner, after a devastating loss.