The Stonewall Lady Longhorns have been chosen to compete in the always-tough 2011 Tournament of Champions to be played Jan. 6-8 at Eastern Oklahoma Junior College in Wilburton.
It was an invitation Stonewall girls coach Christie Jennings couldn’t pass up.
“We are very excited to go to the Tournament of Champions. It's a huge honor to go represent the Pontotoc Conference and Class A at this prestigious event,” she said. “We feel it will better prepare us for the playoff run.”
Stonewall entered this week’s Pontotoc Conference Tournament unbeaten and ranked No. 12 in Class A, The Lady Longhorns win streak reached 10 before falling to host and top seed Allen 54-45 in Saturday night’s championship game.
Jennings and company got the ToC invite after Boynton had to drop out due to its school closing and Okemah later withdrew.
Stonewall had to tinker with its schedule a bit to make it work. Teams are allowed just 16 regular season varsity games so the Lady Longhorns will send junior varsity teams to play against Stuart and Wapanucka. A contest with Allen originally scheduled for Jan. 7 at the Murphy-Roberts gym has been moved to Jan. 29.
“Stuart and Wapanucka were very accommodating by letting us drop our girls varsity games, but still keep our boys games,” Jennings said. “We also were very thankful to Allen for allowing us to change our conference game.”
Other teams in the 2011 ToC field include: Savanna (No. 7 in Class 2A), Henryetta (No. 10 in Class 3A), Wilburton, Jenks (No. 9 in Class 6A), Del City (No. 7 in Class 6A), Sasakwa and Broken Bow (No. 20 in Class 4A).
The tournament has been held at the McAlester Expo Center in the past, but the ToC board of directors reportedly voted to move it to Eastern.