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Allen girls stop No. 9 Canute in Class A

Feb. 28—CHICKASHA — Just 24 hours after a tough 44-35 loss to No. 4 Cyril, the fifth-ranked Allen Lady Mustangs bounced back in a big way.

The "Salty Seven" plus two, as they are known in some circles, rose up defensively and pushed past No. 9 Canute 44-36 Saturday night in Chichasha and brought home a Class A Area Tournament consolation championship.

That also means the Lady Mustangs have punched their ticket to the Class A State Tournament which is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

Allen head coach Dottie Slabaugh said, watching her players realize what they had accomplished — earning the first trip to the state tournament for an AHS girls team since 2003 — was special.

"The emotion on those girls' faces says it all. It was hard on them losing the night before, in a close game with several tough calls that didn't go our way," Slabaugh told The Ada News. "The fight they put out last night after playing that tough physical game the night before shows what kind of work ethic they have."

Moments after the loss to Cyril, Slabaugh told her group they had more work to do.

"I just told them we're not done. The night might not have gone the way we wanted it to, but I know you're not done," she recalled.

It will be breakfast in the Big House for Allen fans, who can watch the Lady Mustangs take on No. 1 Seiling at 9 a.m. Thursday in a first-round matchup.

Allen will enter that fray at 24-3 on the year, while the high-powered Lady Wildcats are sitting at 23-3. Seiling pummeled No. 7 Oklahoma Bible 90-55 in a Class A Area championship game last week in Woodward. The Lady Wildcats' only losses were to Class 6A No. 8 Mustang, Class 4A No. 1 Bethany and Class 2A No. 2 Riverside.

Apparently, Seiling will start pressuring Allen players as soon as they step out of the locker room. Allen head coach Dottie Slabaugh said limiting turnovers against the intense SHS defense will be a must.

"Handling their pressure will be a big key for us," she said.

Allen 44, Canute 36

Allen kept the Lady Trojans pretty much in check the entire first half. The Lady Mustangs led 11-6 after the first quarter and had extended that advantage to 23-14 by halftime.

"We shot the ball really well, played really good defense, only allowing 14 points in the first half," Slabaugh said. "I'm excited for these kids to know all the work they put in does pay off."

Allen led 29-19 after three quarters and held off the Lady Trojans, who outscored Allen 17-15, down the stretch.

Sophomore Addison Prentice had one of the best games of her young career. She finished with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and sank four 3-pointers. She also had three assists and a pair of steals.

Cherish Woodward just missed double figures with nine points and also grabbed nine rebounds. Stoney Cully hit one 3-point shot and scored six points and also dished out four assists and had three steals.

Both Kaylee Davis and Ava Laden contributed five points apiece.

Canute got a team-high 11 points and six rebounds from Destiny Jackson. Kendall Schuster also hit double digits with 10 points and made 4-of-5 free throws for the Lady Trojans, who saw their season come to an end at 26-6.

Allen made 11-of-20 free throws in the contest, while Canute finished 9-of-13 from the line.