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Allen boys overcome cold-shooting night

Feb. 17—ALLEN — Veteran Allen boys basketball coach Greg Mills was probably a little surprised to watch his team go scoreless for the first three minutes of Thursday night's Class A Regional home game against Union City.

When the ninth-ranked Mustangs went without a point for five and a half minutes to start the second quarter, he was probably downright mystified.

Still, Allen steadily pulled away in a better second half and pushed past the Tigers for a comfortable 50-33 win. The Mustangs improved to 24-1 on the year and will face No. 7 Drummond in a Class A Regional title game at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Union City High School. Drummond improved to 22-3 after a 38-22 victory over host Arapaho-Butler in a regional tournament contest.

In the girls contest, No. 5 Allen rolled to an 83-39 victory over Union City. The Lady Mustangs improved to 22-2 heading into a Class A Regional championship battle against No. 19 Waukomis set for 6 p.m. tonight in Union City. Waukomis improved to 19-5 after upsetting No. 9 Canute 49-47 Thursday night.

Both Allen teams secured spots in next week's Class A Area Tournament in Chickasha with the Thursday night victories.

"Getting to the area tournament is always one of our goals because then you know you have a shot," Mills said. "I feel like we'll come out and have a much better game on Saturday."

BOYS

Allen 50, Union City 33

Brayden Tatum's 3-pointer at the 4:58 mark of the first quarter accounted for Allen's first basket of the game and knotted the low-scoring game at 3-3. That sparked an 11-2 Allen run and the Mustangs led 14-6 after the first period.

However, the Mustangs went ice cold again to start the second quarter and missed their first seven field goals. They also had three turnovers during that span and Mills even burned two time outs to try and get his squad to snap out of the funk.

When Union City's Matthew Mendoza drilled a 3-pointer at the 2:53 mark, the Tigers grabbed a 15-14 lead.

Tatum was again the one to break the ice for Allen. He hit a fallaway jumper in the lane that rolled around the rim and fell with 2:32 left before halftime. He and Easton Ledo sank back-to-back 3-pointers to close the second quarter and the Mustangs led 22-16 at halftime.

Mills said his club left a lot of points on the floor throughout the first two quarters.

"It was an aggressive first half and both teams struggled to score. We missed out on 14 points on point-blank shots in the first half," he said. "We missed outside shots we normally make. We're better shooters than that."

He had a simple message to his team during a short time in the locker room at the break.

"I just told them to relax and play. We played like we were tight," he said. "In the second half, we came out and played a little better."

Allen began the third quarter on an 8-2 run capped by a putback from freshman post player Gus Matthews that extended the AHS advantage to 30-18.

Tatum sank his third 3-point basket of the night to open the fourth quarter and Garrett Nix followed with a triple of his own to boost the Mustang lead to with 6:41 to play.

Tatum led the way for Allen with 13 points and both Matthews and Ledo followed with 11 points apiece. Nix finished with nine points for the home team.

Mendoza paced the Tigers with 10 points and Landon Barton followed with seven.

Allen also struggled from the free-throw line, making just 3-of-10 attempts. Union City sank just 5-of-14 free shots.

GIRLS

Allen 83, Union City 38

The Lady Mustangs led just 29-7 at the halfway point of the second quarter. Allen then proceeded to score nine unanswered points — including three baskets in only 24 seconds to end the run the hosts ahead 38-17. Stoney Cully started the three-basket strike with a steal and layup at the 2:45 mark. Addison Prentice then scored on a fast break and then immediately stole the ball and hit a layup with 2:21 showing.

"They're very capable of that. They can turn things really quickly because they're so quick," said Allen head coach Dottie Slabaugh. "I tell the kids all the time I can never doubt they're going to come out and play hard. That's them in a nutshell. They're going to give me 110 percent pretty much every time they step on the floor."

Allen would carry a 43-20 lead into halftime and put the game well out of reach with a 24-7 surge in the third period led by a 17-point outburst from Cherish Woodward, who had a quiet first half with five points.

Woodward finished with a game-high 26 points, including a pair of 3-point shots. Cully followed with 20 points and sank 8-of-9 free throws. Kaylee Davis knocked down three 3-point baskets and scored 15 for Allen, while Prentice hit a pair of triples and scored 13 points. The Lady Mustangs made nine total 3-pointers.

Morgan Brothers led the Lady Tigers with 16 points, including two 3-point shots. Kamryn Cook was next with eight points.