OKLAHOMA CITY — The Stonewall Lady Longhorns couldn’t take advantage of a Rose-less Depew squad in the early going and couldn’t quite catch the Lady Hornets in the end of a narrow 41-38 semifinal setback Friday night at the Class A State Tournament in Oklahoma City.

Stonewall’s fun run to the State Fair Arena ends at 29-3, while Depew headed to Saturday’s championship game with a 25-3 mark. The second-ranked Lady Hornets were scheduled to meet No. 6 Davenport in the title game. Davenport — which defeated Stonewall 39-29 in a regional title meeting — shocked No. 1 Frontier 55-44 in another Friday semifinal game.

Hammond suffered a shoulder injury just 55 seconds into the contest when on a steal attempt, left the game and went to the training room. The University of Oklahoma recruit returned to the contest after a timeout at the 1:21 mark of the opening period.

It appeared to be a golden opportunity for the Lady Longhorns, but Stonewall couldn’t cash in. Instead, Stonewall missed its first seven field goals of the game and committed six of their 21 turnovers during that span. Fortunately for the locals, Depew was off its offensive game during that Rose-less run and led just 4-2 before Hammond made her return.

LeAnn Eslick drained a 3-pointer off a Hammond assist to put Depew ahead 7-2 before Stonewall reserve Kristie Byrd finally broke the ice with a long baseline jumper at the buzzer to cut her team’s deficit to three heading in the second quarter.

“Rosie went down ... and I thought we could take advantage of it, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the hole. In the first half we really struggled. We just didn’t get it done,” said Stonewall head coach Christie Jennings.

The Lady Longhorns had their first and only lead of the game when Felicia Logsdon scored on a strong drive to the basket 1:29 before halftime.

But DHS reserve Kami Terronez answered by rattling home a 3-pointer and Hammond sank a 15-foot jumper to put the Lady Hornets back on top 17-13 at the break.

Stonewall hit just 4-of-15 field goals in the first half and saw its turnover total jump to 15.

“ It was our offense that let us down. I think part of that was playing in the Big House on semifinal night,” Jennings said.

The Lady Longhorns had a more productive second half and after trailing by seven midway through the third quarter, used an 8-3 run capped by a putback from Cherokee Brown with 6:41 to play to cut the Depew lead to 28-26.

The Lady Hornets pushed their lead back to seven on a Hammond steal and layup with 4:09 left that made it 35-28, but Stonewall had one final push left.

SHS post player Rena Serpa, who stayed in foul trouble most of the game, scored on a basket inside with 2:11 left that made it 35-32. Then, after a Logsdon steal while Depew was milking time off the clock, Tesia Worcester scored on a tough drive to the basket to make it 35-34 with 39 seconds left.

But Depew got two free throws apiece from Hammond, Reagan Prescott and Eslick to keep Stonewall at bay.

Stonewall had a chance to go for the tie after a time out with 6.1 seconds left. Logsdon brought the ball up court against the stiff defense of Hammond and got the ball to Worcester who took the pass at the top of the key. But her hurried 3-pointer was well off the mark as time ran out.

One night after erupting for 35 points in a win over Garber, Hammond finished with 15 points and seven rebounds against a stingy Stonewall defense.

“I thought in the second half we showed a lot of heart. Defensively our game plan worked. We did a great job defensively,” Jennings said.

The Rose factor, as it turned out, wasn’t as big a factor as many would have believed.

“We might have been a little intimidated by Rosie. I think she’s the best player in Oklahoma in any class. We didn’t make her look like that tonight. We kind of slowed her down a little bit. But I saw her last night go for 35. She’s just unbelievable,” Jennings said.

Depew also got 15 points from Eslick, who hit three big 3-pointers for the Lady Hornets.

Terronez added eight points off the bench on 3-of-4 shooting.

Logsdon fought through her offshooting night to score 15 points. She went 7-of-7 from the free throw line and also had five steals. Serpa scored eight points for the Lady Longhorns.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with my kids. We’ve had a great season. It’s sad to say good-bye to my seniors, Tobie (Daniel) and Terra (Christian). I told the two seniors how special they were ... and I got the rest of the team’s attention and told them next year we’re coming up here to win it. Next year we’re not coming up here just to be here, we’re going to come to win it.”