That was as close as Coleman would get for the remainder of the game. Stonewall would only allow Coleman to score four more points for the remainder of the quarter, as the Lady Longhorns pushed their lead to 28-13. In the first half, Coleman committed 18 turnovers. Six of those turnovers were steals by Barrett.
Stonewall stepped up the defensive pressure during the third quarter, as the Lady Longhorns forced 11 turnovers and extended the lead to 52-16. Both teams brought in their substitutes with 4:20 left in the game. Coleman did outscore Stonewall 16-8 in the final stanza.
“We had way too many turnovers. We’re young, and we have lots to learn,” said Stonewall head coach Brian Davis. “Our youth showed tonight. We did some good things, but also some dumb things. It is going to be a process.”
The Stonewall roster contains one senior, two juniors and eight sophomores and freshmen. Ten of the 11 Stonewall players who suited up scored in the game.
Barrett led the way with 18 points, including a 6-of-6 effort from the free-throw line. She also had seven steals and five rebounds. Fellow freshman Mackenzie Davis also reached double figures with 12 points. She also had four steals.
Monday contributed eight points before fouling out. Tana Davis chipped in six points and had five steals and four rebounds. Justice Dees only had three points, but she pulled down 10 boards and had five steals.
Owens led Coleman in scoring with 12 points.
Stonewall 55, Coleman 18
Stonewall’s defensive pressure was just too much for Coleman. The Longhorns forced 27 turnovers and held Coleman to 8-of-35 (23 percent) shooting from the field.
The Longhorns jumped out quickly with baskets by Gage Burns and Chase Findley for an early 4-0 lead. Kendel Foster scored Coleman’s first bucket at the 6:30 mark. Tanner Dees then had a steal and went coast to coast for a 6-2 Stonewall lead with 5:45 on the clock. Dees grabbed another steal and gave the ball to Findley to push the lead to 8-2 with 4:40 left in the quarter.