Butler County Times Gazette
  • Thunderbird hoops start seasons 3-0 both winning T-Bird Classic

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  • The season could not have started any better for the Lady Thunderbirds. Circle had a magnificient come-from-behind victory to defeat Mulvane in the T-Bird Classic championship game 45-42 Saturday. “I think overall this week we have had the effort and the intensity that we needed. We had to overcome some injuries and they gave that extra effort and found that spark to get us the win,” said CHS head coach Brian Henry. Mulvane led the Lady T-Birds 41–31 with 2:30 left in the 4th Qtr before Circle went on a 14-1 run to close out the game for the win. Circle was down to Mulvane 18-12 at halftime. But fought back in the third quarter outscoring the Wildcats 15-11 to be down 29-27 with eight minutes to play. The T-Birds outscored Mulvane 18-13 in the final frame including 14 points in the final three minutes of play to snatch the victory away from Mulvane. “We went through some periods where we were getting good looks but knocking down our shots. Thankfully we kept fighting and stayed in it and made our run to earn the win,” said Henry. Circle was led offensively by junior Leah Metzger who scored 19 points and went 9-13 from the line. Katie Frankenberry poured in 10 points including two three-pointers. Caylie Kifer had nine points, Alisson Kirkham had three points and Talia Highbarger and Reagan Wilson each had two points in the win. Leah Metzger and Katie Frankenberry were each named to the T-Bird Classic All-Tournament team for their efforts this past week. Circle Boys go 3-0 en route to T-Bird Classic tournament victory The Circle boys capped off a solid week of Thunderbird basketball with their third win of the season and a tournament championship. The T-Birds defeated Mulvane 73-61 to claim the T-Bird Classic title. Circle came out hot from the onset, dropping 21 points in the first quarter to the Wildcats 11 points. The T-Birds added 19 more points in the second quarter to lead Mulvane 40-25 at the half time break. Mulvane fought back in the third quarter however outscoring the T-Birds 19-14 to get within striking distance at 54-44. Circle responded with another 19-point quarter in the final eight minutes of the game to the Wildcats 17 points and closed out the game at 73-61. The Thunderbirds were led offensively by Dylan Driver who had a game high 26 points and went 8-10 from the charity stripe. Kaden Fowler had 11 points going 9-11 from the line. Jake Smith and Kaden Kirkpatrick each had nine points in the victory. Garrett Cannon added eight points, Justin Wright had six points and Paul Richard recorded four points. The T-Bird’s Dylan Driver and Paul Richard were named to the T-Bird Classic All-Tournament team. Circle travels to Augusta today in tough Butler County matchup. Josh Prim can be reached at jprim@butlercountytimesgazette.com.
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