Eighteen points. The next to last game of the regular Luther Varsity Basketball season was in Meeker on Friday night. While the wins for both the girls and boys teams were likely, there was excitement about those 18 points that Senior Syrus Grisby would need to pass the elusive 1500 point marker for a high school ball player. Would he achieve the goal during this game, or the last game on Monday night?
Plenty of Lions earned “assist” points throughout the game as they got the ball to number 15. When Grisby had racked up 16 points, within the goal, he landed a jaw-dropping three-pointer to surpass the goal.
Both sides of the gym had fans on their feet, including Meeker fans, cheering for Grisby for his personal point number 1501!
The show of sportsmanship wasn’t over though. When Meeker senior Isaac Watham shot and made his first three-pointer in the last few seconds of the game, the whole building erupted in applause. Luther cheerleaders joined Meeker’s squad in the “three-point cheer,” and the Lions joined the Bulldogs on the court to surround Watham and congratulate him.
For his own accomplishment, Grisby championed his teammates. “I’m glad my teammates pushed me that far. It couldn’t have happened without them,” he said. In fact, 15 of Grisby’s 19 points came from assists. “I’m blessed to be able to play with a group of guys like them,” He said. “Not only are they teammates but brothers.”
Back to the game, the Lions scored a major 82 points over Meeker’s 56. Ten out of the Lions’ fourteen players scored points. Junior Tyler Becker scored 20 points just in the first half. His total for the night, 30, put him at top scorer. He also had four assists and rebounds each. Nick Hines scored seven, Gerald McCauley six, Peyton Wilson five, Cole Mills and Aaron Hulsey four, Drew Scheer three, and Jake Lombard and Fredrik Greenhoward two.
McCauley is on a pattern earning double digit rebounds. In Monday’s game he got 11.Hines got seven rebounds and Grisby six. There 18 assists from the Lions: Becker four; Reed Wilson, Greenhoward and Mill three each; Lombard and Hines two each; and Luke Mohr one.
Lady Lions WIN
The Lady Lions won their game with a final score of 57-42. Junior Raychel Stanfield had the highest points and second highest in rebounds with 18 and seven. Senior Lauren Coates followed with 16 points. She also had three steals. Caitlin Bailey, who earned her career 1,000 points last month, scored ten points. Sophomore Bailie Wilds caught eight rebounds for the team lead. Wilds scored five points and Kennedy Cox had two. Freshman Shawntae Silva led the assists with four. She scored six points and caught four rebounds.
The Lions last game is Monday, February 11, at Community Christian in Norman.
On to Playoffs
Both teams begin district play on Saturday, February 16 in OSSAA 2A AREA ONE.