MACOMB — When Davenport coach Danny Acord was asked his opinion of the fourth-ranked Stonewall Lady Longhorns before Monday’s regional championship game, he said simply, “They look like they’re big AND quick, and that’s scary.”

But Acord’s sixth-ranked Lady Bulldogs — runner-up to Frontier in Class A last season — neutralized Stonewall’s size and quickness and, in the end, it was Davenport’s defense that was scary good in a 39-29 victory before a packed house at the Macomb gym.

With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 23-2 and moved to within a game of another trip to the state tournament. Stonewall, meanwhile, had its 11-game winning streak snapped, and the Lady Longhorns (25-2) will have to slug their way through the area loser’s bracket with three games in three days — beginning with Thursday’s contest against 18-7 Navajo at 6:30 p.m. at USAO in Chickasha — if they want to reach the first state tournament for a Stonewall girls team since 1962.

“They weren’t state runner-up for nothing,” second-year Stonewall coach Christie Jennings said after watching the Lady Bulldogs — who have all five starters back from last year’s team — limit her club to 11 field goals in 40 attempts (27.5 percent) and hand the Lady Longhorns their first loss since the Christmas break. “They’d scouted us pretty good.

“We can still make it to the state tournament,” Jennings added. “This just made it a little tougher.”

Davenport jumped on top, 6-0, after a pair of Lindsey Vandever free throws with 2:35 left in the opening period, led for all but 54 seconds of the game and held Stonewall scoreless for almost seven minutes of the first quarter and for a stretch of almost nine minutes late in the second half. But the Lady Longhorns trailed just 17-16 at halftime — due largely to Kristie Byrd’s 11 points off the bench before intermission — and were down just 27-23 heading to the fourth quarter after Tobie Daniel (Stonewall’s only senior) drained a 3-pointer off an assist from Rena Serpa with two minutes left in the third.

Stonewall didn’t score again, however, until Felicia Logsdon hit a short jumper with 1:06 left in the game, and by then the Lady Bulldogs had scored seven straight points — a 3-pointer by Dusti Foster 16 seconds into the final period followed by baskets from Becca Waters and Vandever — to take their largest lead to that point at 34-23.

Daniel hit a jumper just 24 seconds after Logsdon’s basket to make it 34-27, but two free throws by Foster and a free throw and a layup by Waters over the next 40 seconds gave Davenport its biggest lead of the game with just 10 seconds to play and finally finished Stonewall.

The Lady Longhorns went 0-for-6 and committed four turnovers before they converted a steal by Tesia Worcester into a 3-pointer by Byrd off a Logsdon assist at the other end to snap their first-quarter scoring drought (with just 1:15 left in the period) and cut Davenport’s early six-point lead in half. A layup by Jennifer Terronez just 13 seconds after Byrd’s trey made it 8-3, then, after Daniel missed a 3-pointer on Stonewall’s next possession, Worcester grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a driving layup (her only basket of the game) off a Byrd assist with eight seconds remaining to send the Lady Longhorns to the second quarter down 8-5.

Serpa hit a layup off a Worcester assist to tie the game at 8-8 with 4:10 left in the half, and after Lizzie Waters scored her only basket of the game on a putback of an offensive rebound 24 seconds later to put Davenport back on top, Stonewall took its only lead of the night on a Byrd 3-pointer off a Logsdon assist 3:15 before intermission.

The Lady Bulldogs answered with 3-pointers from Foster and Rita West (her only bucket of the game) to take a 17-13 lead with 42 seconds left, then Byrd — who got a steal and layup with 1:13 left to make it 14-13 before West’s trey — wrapped up her big first half with a 3-pointer off a Daniel assist just two seconds before intermission to send Stonewall to the locker room trailing by a single point.

Davenport short-circuited Stonewall’s momentum, however, by scoring 10 of the first 14 points in the third quarter to take a 27-20 lead on Vandever’s second 3-pointer of the period with 4:22 left, and, although Daniel’s trey gave the Lady Longhorns some life, Stonewall missed its next nine field goal attempts (and three free throws) before Logsdon finally stopped the bleeding with just over a minute to play.

“I was surprised we came out that tight and nervous,” Jennings said. “Then it carried over to the second half. We just couldn’t get going. Every time Rena or Felicia (Stonewall’s top two scorers for the season) got the ball, they doubled them.

“We held (the Lady Bulldogs) to what we wanted to hold them to (Davenport was just 12-of-34 from the field),” she added. “But we couldn ‘t score.”

Byrd — who didn’t play in the third quarter and missed her only two shots in the fourth — was the only Stonewall player with more than six points, and Serpa, Logsdon and Worcester (all averaging in double figures coming into the game) combined for just 13 points (on 5-of-24 shooting). Logsdon, who took only one shot in the first half and finished the game 1-for-8 from the field and 1-for-5 from the line, had a game-high nine rebounds and added two assists, while Serpa (six points on 3-of-9 shooting) had six boards and Daniel (who scored five points of Stonewall’s 13 second-half points) added five rebounds.

Vandever led Davenport with 11 points, and she and Becca Waters (who finished with nine points) had seven rebounds apiece in the win. Foster was also in double figures with 10 points.

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