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Stonewall girls have a lot of Faith in district win

Feb. 14—STONEWALL — For the 16th-ranked Stonewall Lady Longhorns to make an extended playoff run, all they need is a little Faith.

Stonewall got a lot of Faith Ross Saturday night in a 78-14 victory over Strother in a Class A District title game inside the Murphy-Roberts Gymnasium.

Ross exploded for a career-high 34 points to lead her team to the lopsided win. The senior finished 13-of-24 from the field, knocked down four 3-pointers, and also had four assists and four rebounds.

The Lady Longhorns improved to 20-5 on the season, while Strother slithered into the loser's bracket at 7-15. The Lady Yellowjackets had eliminated Wetumka 31-26 in a first-round contest.

"I'm very proud of the girls. Winning a district is a big deal and I thought we came out and played very well, especially on the defensive end," said Stonewall girls head coach Dillon Monday. "We shot the ball well the whole night and thought we created a bunch of good looks offensively. The girls are excited about playoffs, and I'm excited to see how far they can take this season."

The sixth-ranked Stonewall boys also strolled to a district crown with a 64-30 win over Strother. The Longhorns improved to 24-1 on the year and Strother slipped to 10-13. The Yellowjackets defeated Wetumka 58-42 in a Class A District elimination game.

Both Stonewall teams now head to Indianola High School for a pair of Class A Regional Tournament winner's bracket contests.

The Stonewall girls are set to tangle with No. 18 Porum at 6 p.m.. The Lady Panthers enter the regional at 19-4 on the year.

The Longhorns will play Riverfield Country Day School at 7:30 p.m. The Ravens are 18-5 on the season.

GIRLS

Stonewall 78, Strother 14

While Ross was going off offensively, the Stonewall defense shut out Strother in the first quarter en route to a 24-0 lead. The Lady Longhorns led 48-4 by halftime.

Lilly Wyche was next for the Lady Longhorns with 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor. She made both of her 3-point attempts and finished 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. She also had five rebounds and three steals.

Carlee Gayler and Brenlee Underwood scored seven points apiece for the Lady Longhorns.

Stonewall made nine total 3-pointers and got triples from Underwood, Alexus Estep, and Madison Davis.

Brooklyn Turner canned a pair of 3-pointers and scored 12 points to lead Strother.

The Lady Yellowjackets were hurt by 26 turnovers.

BOYS

Stonewall 64, Strother 30

The Longhorns charged to an early 25-5 lead and never looked back.

"I was proud of our team tonight. They did a really good job on the defensive end," said SHS head coach Wes Moreland.

Stonewall extended its lead to 43-16 by halftime and outscored the Yellowjackets 16-5 in the third quarter.

Mika Matt made four 3-point baskets on the way to a game-high 20 points for Stonewall. He also had five rebounds and three steals. A balanced SHS offense saw Ashton Bierce score 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field.

Taegus Pogue and Jamison Carrington scored 12 points each for the home team. Pogue hit 5-of-9 shots and also had six rebounds and four steals. Carrington notched a double-double with 12 rebounds and also had four steals.

Stonewall forced 30 Strother turnovers.

Jeremiah Lena led the Yellowjackets with 10 points and seven rebounds. Michael Kanard chipped in seven points for the visitors.

The Longhorns made 10-of-27 free throws and Strother finished 2-of-6 from the stripe.