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December 13, 2013

Allen girls shock No. 1 seed Asher

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Allen limited Asher post player Shelby Fleming to just a pair of second-half field goal and 13 points overall.

“Charlea Leonard, Sondra Rowsey, Faith Caldwell all did a good job on the Fleming girl,” said Allen head coach Jeremy Strong.

It was the Lady Mustangs' first victory over Asher that Strong could recall.

“I think this is the first time my girls have beaten Asher, even since the seventh and eighth grade — in anything, softball or basketball,” he said.

When Asher used its strong second quarter to grab the lead at the break, Strong said his team didn’t panic.

 “We kept our composure and stayed with the game plan. We continued to play tough, physical defense,” he said.

Leonard finished with a game-high 19 points and now has 40 points in two tournament victories. Miranda Raney and Alison Sells followed with seven points each.

Strong hinted he and his team may have had a chip on their collective shoulders after drawing the No. 5 seed.

“That’s the bad thing about us being a football school. We don’t get the luxury of playing seven, eight or nine games before the tournament starts, so nobody knows how we are,” he said. “Fair or not fair, getting the No. 4 or No. 5 seed — it is what it is. I didn’t agree with it, but I just wanted my girls to go play.”

Roff 41, Vanoss 31

The Lady TIgers looked like they were on the way to a romp after Breecia Crawford scored four straight points (on a pair of free throws and a nice drive to the basket) that pushed a Roff lead to 34-14 with 6:26 to play. That capped a huge 20-6 Roff run to start the second half.

Vanoss senior Taylor Smith hit her only 3-pointer of the game to stop the VHS bleeding and start an impressive 16-2 run that got the Lady Wolves within six at 36-30 after four straight free throws by Kalli Mowdy.

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