Amber Coody and Brady Caldwell led Allen to a pair of championships Saturday on the their home floor in the Pontotoc Conference Tournament finals.
Both squads were No. 1 seeds coming in, and they made believers out of most.
The Lady Mustangs downed a talented Stonewall squad 65-56, while the Mustangs dominated Roff early and won going away 69-54.
The Stonewall Longhorns won a last-minute nail biter over the Vanoss Wolves 61-60 to capture third place.
Allen 65, Stonewall 56
Stonewall’s Bradianne Daniel put the Lady Longhorns up by two in the opening minute of play. But Coody answered, and after a Beyla Skelton free throw and a putback by Carley Collard, Allen led 5-2 with 4:40 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Lady Longhorns, though, came roaring back on a pair of Daniel free throws and another from the charity stripe by Brittany Gipson, knotting the score at 5-5 with 3:19 left in the first quarter. And after Brettney Brady connected, Stonewall had retaken the lead at 7-5. But Coody tossed in a long 3-pointer and Allen led again at 8-7 with 1:12 left.
A Daniel free throw tied it up again, but a couple from the charity line by Coody with only :33 remaining, the Lady Mustangs went up 10-8, and that’s how the first quarter ended.
Allen got a little breathing room in the opening minutes of the second quarter — Collard and Coody poured a pair of free throws each, and when Aussie Riddle hauled in an offensive rebound and stuck it back in the basket, the Lady Mustangs led 16-8 with 6:08 remaining in the opening half.
After Cheyanne Miller gathered in an offensive rebound and scored, the Allen lead was trimmed to 16-10.
But the Lady Mustangs kept the momentum going. Marissa Prentice came off the bench and scored the next four points and Allen led 20-10 with 4:11 remaining in the half.
Just when it looked like Allen was going to put the Lady Longhorns away early, Daniel converted a couple of free throws, Paige Curtis added a field goal and when Brady connected from behind the arc, Stonewall had cut Allen’s lead to 24-21, and that’s how the first half ended.
Breann Gipson’s field goal to open the third quarter sliced the Allen lead to 24-23, and after she made a steal and converted a 3-pointer on the other end, the Lady Longhorns were back on top 27-24 with 5:36 left in the period.
But the Lady Mustangs responded in a big way. A pair of Prentice free throws and a Skelton put-back gave Allen the lead once again at 30-28. And after Brandi Horton drilled a 3-pointer, the Lady Mustangs led 33-28 — a lead they wouldn’t surrender.
Coody was spectacular in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of her game-high 23 points. Collard chipped in with 13, and Prentice also reached double-digits with 10. Riddle had five points and nine rebounds, while Skelton had five points, six rebounds and a couple of steals in limited action.
Daniel was also impressive, leading Stonewall with 18 points to go along with five rebounds and a pair of steals. Brady also had an outstanding game with 13 points, and Savannah Burwell added eight. Miller tossed in 4 points and pulled down seven boards for head coach Christie Jennings’ club.
“This was a big win for us,” said Allen head coach Jeremy Strong. “Stonewall has a very talented team and head coach. We knew we’d be in for a battle. I’m very proud of the way my kids hung in there.”
The Lady Mustangs improved to 6-0, while the Lady Longhorns suffered their first loss after 10 wins.
Allen 69, Roff 54
The Mustangs charged out of the gate with a pair of 3-pointers by Lane Mills and Conner Johnson and led 6-0 with 6:28 left in the opening period.
And it didn’t get any easier for head coach Kale Simon’s Roff Tigers.
After Brendon Barr, who had his usual outstanding performance, connected on a free throw to narrow the Allen lead to 6-1, Luke Mullicane scored the next five points and the Mustangs led 11-1 with 4:07 left in the period.
Then, Roff’s Tim Wallen converted a long 3-pointer to shave Allen’s lead to 11-4, but Johnson connected again from long range, Grant Rowsey put back an offensive rebound and when Caldwell drilled another 3-pointer with 1:41 remaining in the opening quarter, the Mustangs led 19-4.
After Bass cut the margin to 19-7 with another long-range field goal, Rowsey converted again and Allen was on top 21-7 entering the second quarter.
All the Tigers could do at that point was play catch-up. But there was just too much Caldwell and company.
“We really played well,” Allen head coach Greg Mills said. “It seems like we’re finally starting to put things together. We had a few shots fall in tonight and that helps, especially against a solid team like Roff.”
Caldwell led Allen with 20 points and dished out seven assists. Mills contributed 15, Rowsey had 12 and Johnson also reached double-figures with 11. Brett Edens added 5 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Barr led Roff with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Jeremy Grinstead added 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
Stonewall 61, Vanoss 60
Early on, it looked like Stonewall might run away from Vanoss after the Longhorns raced out to a 13-7 first-quarter lead.
But head coach Jason Fulks’ Wolves outscored Stonewall 27-11 in the second quarter and led 34-24 at halftime.
Then, a huge fourth quarter brought the Longhorns within 1, and David Hamilton was the hero, scoring at the buzzer to give Stonewall the 61-60 victory.
“What a game,” said Stonewall head coach Wes Moreland. “My kids played their hearts out. It’s a very big win for us, especially against a quality team.”
Dakota McCollum led all scorers with 18, while Hamilton chipped in 17 and Dillon Monday just missed double-digits with 9.
Ethan Low led a balanced Vanoss squad with 15, while Chris Drumgo and Michael Hayes added 13 each and Coty Embry tossed in 11.