STONEWALL — Jim Jenson knows what a state tournament basketball team is supposed to look like.

Coalgate’s first-year girls basketball coach took Alva to the Big Show in Class 3A the past three seasons, winning a title in 2003, and he and his fifth-ranked Lady Wildcats — winners of 16 straight to start this season — expect to be in the field of eight when the 2A state tourney begins in Oklahoma City less than two months from now.

Friday night at Stonewall, Jenson thought he got a glimpse of another tournament-worthy club — too close a look, in fact.

“If they shoot the ball like that in the playoffs, they’ll be in the state tournament,” Jenson said of the host Lady Longhorns — ranked No. 7 in Class A — after they hit 52 percent (17-for-33) from the field in handing his club its first loss of the season, 41-34, before an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at the Murphy-Roberts Gymnasium.

Coalgate and Stonewall both came into Friday’s showdown with the highest state ranking ever for girls teams at their respective schools, and, despite the hostile environment, the unbeaten Lady Wildcats had to be a slight favorite. But Stonewall took the lead when Felicia Logsdon found Tesia Worcester for a layup just 10 seconds into the game, and the Lady Longhorns hit 12-of-18 shots before intermission to build a 26-13 lead. Although Coalgate mounted a late rally to trim a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to four, the Lady Wildcats didn’t take a shot in the entire game that would have given them a lead or a tie.

“This is the game we needed to prove we were legit,” second-year Stonewall coach Christie Jennings said after watching her young team improve to 19-1. “We made a lot of mistakes in the second half, and the free throws weren’t there, but the first half carried us.”

Logsdon — a junior forward who was the best player on the floor all night despite missing eight of her 12 free throw attempts — finished with 20 points, and Worcester — who joined with backcourt mate Cherokee Brown to limit Coalgate’s guards (Teran Mixon, Jamaica Pebworth and Jordan Helton) to just 11 total points on 4-for-14 shooting — scored nine of her 12 points in the first period to ignite Stonewall’s fast start.

“Tesia really carried us in the first quarter,” Jennings said. “This game was played at her tempo.”

In the boys game, Coalgate star Daniel Stingley scored 20 points, and the Wildcats — who blew all of a 16-point lead — outscored Stonewall, 15-6, in the final 3:25 en route to a 68-59 victory.


Stonewall 41, Coalgate 34

The Lady Longhorns limited Coalgate to just five first-half field goals (three by 6-1 sophomore center Mallory Walker) in 21 attempts and rode their own hot shooting to a 26-13 lead at the break.

Logsdon, who was 8-for-10 from the field and also had six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot, and Worcester had nine points apiece at halftime, and center Rena Serpa scored all six of her points in the second period (on 3-of-4 shooting).

Stonewall’s lead ballooned to 17 points when Logsdon — who scored 11 of her team’s 15 points after intermission — drained a short jumper just two minutes into the second half, and the Lady Longhorns still led, 37-21, after Logsdon drove to the basket for a layup and was fouled with 5:11 to play.

But Logsdon — who was just 3-for-10 from the line in the fourth quarter — missed her chance at a 3-point play, and the Lady Longhorns didn’t have a basket the rest of the way.

Coalgate, meanwhile, finally mounted a charge behind Walker — who scored 10 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter — and a defense that got seven turnovers in the five minutes after Logsdon’s final basket. The Lady Wildcats cut the lead to single digits (37-29) on Walker’s putback of an offensive rebound with 2:35 left, made it 38-32 on a 3-pointer by Pebworth (her only basket of the game) with 1:09 to play and closed to within four at 38-34 on a pair of Walker free throws six seconds later.

“We hadn’t had to face pressure like that all season,” Jennings said. “But a lot of our turnovers in the fourth quarter were unforced.”

Stonewall’s final turnover of the game came with a minute left, when Logdson was called for a double dribble at midcourt, but she stymied Coalgate’s attempt to cut it to a one-possession game when she intercepted a pass intended for Walker under the basket and was fouled with 53 seconds left.

Logsdon sank the second of her two free throws to make it a five-point game, then after Helton and Pebworth missed 3-point attempts, she went back to the line with 28.8 seconds to play but missed both shots. Serpa grabbed the long rebound after the second miss, however, and got the ball to Logsdon, who was again fouled with 25 seconds remaining. She made both free throws to finally put the game out of reach.

“Our pressure bothered them a little bit in the fourth quarter, but we just dug ourselves too big a hole,” Jenson said. “They (the Lady Longhorns) were ready to play, and they showed a lot of emotion.

“My kids showed heart in the fourth quarter,” he added. “They did the right things to give us a chance to win, but we just started too late. We needed to be in atmosphere like this. It should pay huge dividends down the road.”

Walker hit eight of her 11 field goal attempts (all layups), but the rest of the Lady Wildcats were just 5-of-25. Mixon had a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points and added four rebounds, and Lauren Sandman and Helton combined for seven assists (four by Sandman) but had just four points.

Like Logsdon, Worcester had one of her best all-around games of the season with two steals, two assists and a blocked shot to go with her 12 points, and Serpa had three rebounds — two of them offensive after missed Logsdon free throws — to go with her six points.


Coalgate 68, Stonewall 59

Coalgate (11-6) had a 32-23 lead at intermission and led, 41-25, after Stingley grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast for a layup with 5:30 left in the third quarter, but Stonewall used an 11-0 run in the span of three minutes to tie the score at 53-all with 3:25 remaining in the game on Brian Monroe’s second straight 3-pointer.

Steve DeLay broke the tie with a free throw 11 seconds after Monroe’s trey, he got a steal and fed Stingley for a layup nine seconds later, and he hit six straight charity shots down the stretch to finish with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Shawn Linton missed an opportunity for a 3-point play after his short jumper gave Coalgate a 58-53 lead with 1:55 left, but Stingley grabbed the rebound on Linton’s missed free throw, and Josh Featherston drove to the basket for a layup with 1:46 remaining to give the Wildcats a seven-point lead.

“I think we lost a little bit of our intensity after we tied the game,” first-year Stonewall coach Wes Moreland said after seeing his club drop to 11-9 on the season. “Their offensive rebounding killed us in the fourth quarter.”

“I was a little disappointed we blew the 16-point lead,” Coalgate coach Jack Ward said. “Sometimes it’s hard to play with the lead.

“I was happy with our defense, though,” Ward added. “That’s the first time all year we’ve played a straight zone.”

Stingley had nine rebounds, four steals, three blocked shots and an assist to go with his 20 points, and Chiefton Camp was 5-of-8 from the field and finished with 11 points to join Stingley and DeLay in double figures for the Wildcats. Shawn Linton had nine points, four rebounds and a block for Coalgate.

Stonewall center Bo Scribner had his second straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Monroe had eight rebounds to go with his 15 points. Sophomore Bronson Gore put together one of his best games of the season for the Longhorns, finishing with 14 points, five rebunds, three assists and two steals.