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Stonewall boys stay unbeaten at 15-0 after run to Moss title

Jan. 10—MOSS — The Stonewall High School boys basketball team hadn't had much recent success against Earlsboro. That all changed Saturday night when the two teams met in the finals of the 2024 Moss Pirate Invitational.

The Longhorns used a big second quarter to take control and pushed past the highly-touted Wildcats 64-47 to claim the tournament championship.

Coach Wes Moreland's club, ranked No. 7 in Class A, stayed unbeaten at 15-0 on the year, while Class B No. 5 Earlsboro dropped to 12-2. The Wildcats' only other loss was at the hands of Class A No. 18 Ripley.

"It was a tremendous defensive effort the entire night. We did a really good job of forcing them to take tough shots most of the night. They are a really talented team and highly ranked, so it was a huge win for us," Moreland told The Ada News. "I was proud of our group putting three good days together to win this tournament."

The Longhorns had disposed of Moyers 62-41 in the semifinals.

The Stonewall girls couldn't keep pace with Class B No. 14 Kiowa and dropped a 40-27 decision to the Cowgirls in the girls' championship contest at Moss. The Lady Longhorns, ranked No. 16 in Class A, fell to 11-4 on the year, while Kiowa improved to 9-5.

"I'm proud of the girls for making it to another championship game of a tournament. We played a really good Kiowa team that I think will make a good run come playoff time. They are a matchup problem for most teams and very well coached," said Stonewall girls coach Dillon Monday. "I thought defensively we did a good job on them and forced a bunch of turnovers, we just couldn't buy a bucket. Credit to them for that as well. I think tough games like that will only make us better in the long run."

BOYS

Stonewall 64, Earlsboro 47

Stonewall led just 18-15 after a back-and-forth first quarter but the Longhorns engineered a 23-8 run in the second period to build a 41-23 halftime advantage.

Earlsboro whittled the SHS lead down to 51-40 after three quarters but the Longhorns ended the game on a 13-7 run.

Senior post player Jamison Carrington had a big night for the Longhorns, finishing with a game-high 25 points. He finished 11-of-15 from the field and also had five rebounds and three steals.

Ashton Bierce limped his way to 17 points and also had seven assists. Bierce suffered an ankle sprain during practice the day before the tournament.

Mike Matt was next for Stonewall with 16 points.

Danny Billingsley led Earlsboro with 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. James Smith followed with 12 points and Quentin Lena also hit double figures with 10.

Semifinals

Stonewall 62, Moyers 41

Stonewall took charge in the first half, racing to leads of 21-10 and 42-18.

Mika Matt led the way for the Longhorns with a game-high 25 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Ashton Bierce also hit double figures with 10 points and drained a pair of triples of his own.

The balanced SHS offense saw Tyler Larsh just missed double figures with nine points and Jamison Carrington contribute eight points.

Keaton Kellum led Moyers with nine points. Both Conner Williams and Jaxon Hill scored eight points each for the Tigers.

GIRLS

Championship

Kiowa 40, Stonewall 27

Kiowa led 14-8 after the first quarter and used a 10-6 run in the second period to go on top 24-14 at the intermission. Stonewall couldn't make up much ground over the final two frames.

Stonewall was ice cold from 3-point territory, making just 1-of-16 attempts.

Faith Ross led the SHS offense with 13 points while Lilly Wyche was close behind with 12.

Stonewall also struggled from the free-throw line, hitting just 8-of-17 attempts. Kiowa wasn't much better, making just 8-of-16 tries.

Ella Roberts and Maccie Bain both scored 10 points each to pace the Kiowa club. Kacee Rose added seven points for the Cowgirls.

Four different Kiowa players hit 3-pointers.

Semifinals

Stonewall 59, Moss 31

Stonewall led just 15-11 after the first quarter but used a 19-4 surge in the second period to forge a 34-15 halftime edge. The Lady Longhorns finished the game on a 15-4 run.

In contrast to the championship game, Stonewall nailed eight 3-pointers against the Lady Pirates.

Lilly Wyche led all scorers with 23 points and was 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. She also had seven rebounds.

Faith Ross followed with 12 points and dished out five assists. Carlee Gayler sank three 3-point shots for all nine of her points for the locals.

Moss got eight points from both Harlee Nolan and Gracie Provence. Nolan sank two 3-point baskets.