Allen, in dropping to 10-6 on the season, enjoyed an eight-point advantage, 20-12, at one point in the second quarter as the Lady Bulldogs went scoreless from the field for almost seven minutes. But despite what transpired, the Lady Mustangs had just a 20-17 advantage at the break.
Davenport, which bothered Allen with periodic pressure throughout, scored the first five points of the third quarter. Allen tied it up at 22 on a Kennedy Prentice bucket off a Hannah Heck feed, and Charlea Leonard lifted the Lady Mustangs to their last lead at 26-25 with a score off a Raney pass with 4:49 to go in the third.
But the Lady Bulldogs closed the third period with an 8-5 run to go up, 33-31, heading into the fourth.
Allen was unable to get over the hump, though it was within 40-39 with 3:15 to go off Howshar’s 3-pointer from above the key off Sells’ final assist.
Davenport attempted nine free shots the rest of the way, though it only connected on four. But it was enough to keep Allen at bay.
“It was a very gutty effort. We never gave up and kept fighting on defense,” said Strong. “I was really proud of the way we hung in there. We played three tough teams in this tournament (with wins over Wellston and Asher). All it did was make us better.”
The Lady Mustangs, who beat Asher in Thursday’s semifinals, will play at Asher tonight. It will be the third meeting of the season for those two squads.