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Allen’s Nathan Hammonds defends Jordan Spradling (24) of Calvin during action earlier this season. Hammond sank seven 3-pointers and scored 21 points in the Mustangs’ 65-35 win over Stonewall Monday night in the first round of the Pontotoc Conference Tournament in Asher.

ASHER – Kaylyn Rowsey tossed in 10 points and Kinsey Nix added nine as the Allen Lady Mustangs downed the Roff Lady Tigers 36-25 Monday in the opening round of the Pontotoc Conference Tournament at Asher High School.

In the boys game, Allen junior Nathan Hammonds got hot from beyond the arc, knocking down seven 3-pointers to score 21 points to shoot the Mustangs past Stonewall 65-35.

The Allen girls advanced to a semifinal game scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Thursday, while the Allen boys will play in a semifinal contest at 6:40 p.m. Friday.

The Roff girls will play in a consolation game at 5:20 p.m. Friday, while the Stonewall Longhorns will play in a consolation game at 5:20 p.m. Thursday.

GIRLS

Allen 36, Roff 25

Jaycee Watkins and Sunzie Harrison contributed six points each for Allen as Watkins drilled a pair of 3-point baskets.

Payton Owens paced Roff with nine points, including one trey, and Madison Schulanberger followed with six.

The Lady Mustangs, now 3-1, led 13-6 after a quarter before defense took over in the second. Allen edged Roff 2-1 in that frame to carry a 15-7 lead into halftime.

Allen shut out Roff 14-0 in the third period to increase its lead to 29-7.

The Lady Tigers (2-5) did cut into the deficit by outscoring the Lady Mustangs in the fourth, 18-7.

BOYS

Allen 65, Stonewall 35

Allen (No. 15 in Class 2A), 4-0 on the season, held a slim 14-11 advantage after one quarter and outscored Stonewall 10-2 in the second, 17-9 in the third and 24-13 in the fourth.

Chad Milne added 13 points and Hunter Simpson contributed 10 to the Mustang attack. Kaden Mills and Aaron Dockery were next with seven points apiece.

Dakota Johnson led Stonewall with 10 points, Jarrett Ellis followed with nine and Jared Vaughn chipped in seven. Johnson knocked down two 3-point jumpers.

Stonewall fell to 1-5.

GIRLS

Vanoss 63, Tupelo 20

The Vanoss Lady Wolves opened up a 13-2 lead through the first quarter and went on a 21-3 scoring rampage in the second in securing a 69-20 rout of the Tupelo Lady Tigers Monday in the first round of the Pontotoc Conference Tournament at Asher High School.

Vanoss, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, improved to 7-0 on the season, while Tupelo slumped to 0-8.

Emrie Ellis poured in a game-leading 20 points while knocking down a pair of 3-point shots. Teammate Lizzy Simpson also reached double figures with 14.

Bailey Bolin followed with eight points for Vanoss and Caitlyn Byrd, who connected for one trey, ended up with seven points.

Cheyane Price topped Tupelo with seven points.

It was 34-5 at halftime and 44-17 through three periods.

The Vanoss girls will play in a semifinal contest at 8 p.m. Thursday, while Tupelo will return to action at 4 p.m. Friday in consolation play.

BOYS

Vanoss 60, Calvin 29

Cade Paulin popped in 14 points, including four 3-point baskets, as the Wolves rolled past the Bulldogs.

Vanoss, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, improved to 7-0 on the season and Calvin slipped to 5-5 after suffering its fourth straight loss.

Riley Cooper added 10 points for Vanoss, which led 16-8 after the first quarter, 26-14 at halftime and 40-23 through three periods.

Sando Hill chipped in eight points for the Wolves and teammate Dylan Stone tacked on seven.

Connor Dunn paced Calvin with eight points, including one trey, and Carson Hart followed with seven points.

The Wolves advance to a semifinal contest scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday. Calvin will play in an elimination game at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Brian Johnson contributed to this report.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.