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January 28, 2014

Too many turnovers doom Allen against Davenport

Shawnee — The Allen Lady Mustangs had more field goals and shot a better percentage, but the Class A 20th-ranked Davenport Lady Bulldogs had eight less turnovers and spent a huge chunk of time at the free-throw line in claiming a 44-39 win Saturday night in the championship game of the Pottawatomie County Tournament at Oklahoma Baptist University’s Noble Complex.

Allen had a 16-13 advantage in total field goals and hit at a 44 percent pace, compared to Davenport’s 30 percent. The Lady Bulldogs attempted 33 free throws, though they made only 16. But the Lady Mustangs tried just seven and converted four.

Davenport committed 18 turnovers. In contrast, Allen ended up with 26.

“The turnovers were huge. We had stone hands tonight. When we got the ball into the post, we were successful. We just didn’t do it enough,” said Allen head coach Jeremy Strong. “Davenport did a good job driving to the basket and getting to the free-throw line.”

Sophomore Miranda Raney topped the Lady Mustang scoring chart with 10 points, including two 3-point jumpers, to go with a pair of rebounds, two steals and an assist. Off the bench, senior Sandra Howshar tossed in nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor (with one trey) and pulled down eight rebounds. Charlea Leonard, another sophomore starter, added eight points off 4-of-7 shooting with a game-leading 12 rebounds, 11 on the defensive end.

“Leonard is a rebounding machine, and Howshar did a good job for us,” Strong said.

Alison Sells, in a reserve role, helped key the Allen offense with five assists.

The Lady Mustangs held a 34-29 rebounding advantage, but the Lady Bulldogs did have 15 off the offensive glass, compared to only six offensive boards for Allen.

Sophomore Annie Waters tossed in a game-high 15 points for Davenport, and teammate Bailey Hendricks finished with 10.

Schylar Najera collected five steals and dished out five assists for the Lady Bulldogs, who improved to 13-4 on the season.

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