STONEWALL — Almost 40 minutes before her team’s regional winner’s bracket contest with Bray-Doyle Thursday at the Murphy-Roberts Gynmasium, Stonewall star Felicia Logsdon stood alone at one end of the basketball court.

A 5-11 junior who has been a major reason for the Lady Longhorns’ 24-1 record this season and for 42 Stonewall victories (in 51 games) in her first two seasons at the school, Logsdon had already gone through a pre-game practice and a shootaround. After the rest of her teammates had gone to the locker room, though, she continued to work on her own, honing the already considerable skills that the Longhorn faithful hope will carry Stonewall to its first state tournament in decades.

Less than two hours later, Logsdon sat with the other starters and watched the Stonewall bench mop up in a 60-25 blowout that wasn’t as close as the score. She scored a game-high 17 points in the victory, but like the rest of the Lady Longhorns and second-year coach Christie Jennings, she seemed just a little bit distracted.

With Thursday’s win, Stonewall — ranked No. 4 in Class A after the most successful regular season in school history — advanced to a regional championship showdown with sixth-ranked Davenport at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Macomb. With no other top 10 teams in their area, the Lady Longhorns will be tough to keep out of the Big Show in Oklahoma City if they can get by a 21-2 Davenport club that has all five starters back from a team that reached the state title game a year ago.

“I’ve seen them about a hundred times on film,” Jennings said of the Lady Bulldogs, who, in contrast to the young Lady Longhorns, start five seniors, led by 5-8 Lindsey Vandever. “They’re solid, and Vandever is the real deal. We’re just excited to go play them.”

If Stonewall can get past Davenport (a 91-36 winner over Varnum Thursday), the Lady Longhorns will need only one victory in the area round to reach the state tournament and will have a good chance to go to Oklahoma City in the winner’s bracket — a necessity to avoid No. 1 Frontier or No. 2 Depew in the first round.

“We would love to win Saturday, because that will give us two chances to get to the state tournament,” Jennings said.

In Thursday’s boys action at Stonewall, 19th-ranked Waurika used long-range bombs by Preston Thomas, the inside game of big Matt Henderson and a spectacular defensive effort by Zac Gipson on Stratford star Garan Qualls to manhandle the 13th-ranked Bulldogs 74-63 in a winner’s bracket contest that, like the girls game, wasn’t as close as the score, and Stonewall got 23 points from Bo Scribner and 20 from Brian Monroe to survive in the loser’s bracket with a 75-66 victory over Bray-Doyle. Stratford edged Elmore City, 39-37, in a girls loser’s bracket contest.


Winner’s Bracket

Stonewall 60, Bray-Doyle 25

Logsdon and sophomore guard Tesia Worcester had seven points apiece in the first half as the Lady Longhorns raced to a 29-9 lead, then the Lady Longhorns outscored Bray-Doyle 25-2 in the third quarter while hitting 12 of their first 13 shots. Logsdon had 10 of her 17 points in the period, and Stonewall’s starters limited the Lady Donkeys (who had four shots and nine turnovers in the second quarter) to just one field goal in 10 attempts before heading to the bench for the fourth quarter.

Worcester, who finished with 11 points, had five of Stonewall’s 16 steals in the game in spearheading a defense that forced 24 turnovers and held Bray-Doyle to nine field goals in 35 attempts. Logsdon — who finished with a team-high five rebounds — and sub Tyla Transue also had four steals apiece, and 10 of the 11 Stonewall players who saw action scored.

Stonewall committed seven turnovers in the contest but only two in the first three quarters when the starters were in the game.

Jordan Brown scored nine points (all in the fourth quarter against the Stonewall bench) to lead Bray-Doyle (14-9).


Winner’s Bracket

Waurika 74, Stratford 63

T. J. Gaines scored 10 of his team-high 22 points in a 13-2 Stratford run to open the game, but Thomas — who finished with a game-high 33 points — was 6-of-10 from beyond the arc and scored 24 points before intermission as Waurika rallied for a 35-28 halftime lead.

The Eagles (22-2) moved inside in the third quarter, with Henderson scoring 12 of his 17 points in the period as Waurika outscored Stratford 22-9 to take a 57-37 lead to the fourth quarter. Waurika’s advantage grew to 25 in the opening minute of the final period on Thomas’s eighth and final 3-pointer of the game and a layup by Erica Faucet, and, although Stratford (19-4) eventually cut it to nine with a late 14-1 run, the Bulldogs never seriously threatened in the second half.

Qualls — who was averaging about 26 points per game coming in — didn’t have a field goal in the first half, he didn’t hit his first 3-pointer until the final minute of the game, and he finished with just 11 points after being shadowed all night by Gipson. Gaines had a team-high eight rebounds, and Jeremy Lavorchek added 13 points, seven boards, four assists and two steals in the loss.

The loss sent Stratford to a regional loser’s bracket contest with Geary at 3 p.m. today at Macomb.

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