ALLEN — Kelsey Gee scored a game-high 17 points to lead Allen to a 51-31 victory over Caney in the closest of four opening-round games Monday in the S.T.A.R. Tournament.

In the other girls’ game Monday, top seed Stonewall — ranked No. 7 in Class A — improved to 17-1 with a 61-11 blowout of Moyers. Boys action saw Tupelo break open a tight game with 47 second-half points in a 75-45 victory over winless Moyers, and Stonewall got a career-high 21 points from Bronson Gore in beating Caney,75-48.


Allen 51, Caney 31

Gee, the area’s top female scorer at 23 points per game entering the tournament, was the only Allen player in double figures, but four other Lady Mustangs — Danli Mills, Brittnea Nemecek, Jerrica Mullicane and Lorissa Skelton had at least six points in the victory.

Allen (11-2 and ranked 19th in Class A) took a 19-6 lead after one quarter and led, 25-13, at halftime before blowing the game open with a 17-9 advantage in the third period. Mills, Mullicane and Gee all had two 3-pointers, and Skelton and Natasha Harris had one apiece, and Skelton led the Lady Mustangs — who will meet the winner of tonight’s Roff-Strother contest in the semifinals at 7:40 p.m. Thursday — with six rebounds.

“We played as well as we’ve played all year in the first six minutes of the game,” Allen coach Greg Mills noted. “Maybe we’re fixin’ to hit a groove.”

Stonewall 61, Moyers 11

The Lady Longhorns raced to a 27-0 lead after one quarter and led, 38-2, at halftime, en route to their third straight victory since a loss to Latta in their final pre-holiday outing.

Tesia Worcester (16 points) and Kristie Byrd (14) were in double figures for Stonewall, with Byrd draining three 3-pointers, and Stonewall coach Christie Jennings got scoring from nine different players. Senior Rena Serpa and junior Felicia Logsdon — the Lady Longhorns’ two leading scorers for the season — had eight points apiece.

Stonewall will meet the winner of tonight’s Tupelo-OKC Knights game at 9 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.


Tupelo 75, Moyers 45

Tupelo, coming off an overtime victory over Vanoss, led just 18-17 at halftime against a Moyers club that entered the game 0-13. But Cameron Mann scored 18 of his 22 points after intermission, and point guard Casey McCollum had his first career double-double as the Tigers improved to 12-6.

“I don’t understand why we can’t be more consistent in the first half,” Tupelo coach Clay Weller said. “We acted like we didn’t want to be there in the first half. We might just as well have shown up at halftime.”

Mann had nine rebounds and four assists to go with his 22 points, McCollum scored 12 points and had six rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, and 6-6 Jason Wyszynski continued his recent scoring surge with 16 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots. Randy McCurry was also in double figures for Tupelo with 14 points.

With the victory, Tupelo earned a spot in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday against the winner of tonight’s Allen-Strother contest.

Stonewall 75, Caney 48

Stonewall raced to a 42-24 halftime lead and coasted behind Gore’s career effort and a combined 32 points from guard Brian Monroe and center Bo Scribner.

“We have to become rebounding team,” Stonewall coach Wes Moreland said after watching his club surrender 16 offensive rebounds to Caney. “Bronson had a great game, and we really played well as a team.”

Monroe had 18 points and Scribner added 14 for the Longhorns, Brandon Ross added seven points, and J. P. Maples hit two of Stonewall’s five 3-pointers in the game and finished with six points.

Stonewall will meet unbeaten Roff in Friday’s first semifinal contest at 6 p.m.