Lady Outlaws win sixth straight for new record

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Jan 30, 2013 - 5:15:25 PM

SIX STRAIGHTThe Stephens County Basketball Tournament has been going on for 82 years and no team had ever won more than five straight championships.
Until now.
The Marlow Lady Outlaws broke the record Saturday night with a 54-41 victory over Central High for their sixth straight tournament title.
Trailing 26-25 at the half, Marlow came out and seized control of the game in the second half to pull away for the win.
“I thought in the second half, we played a whole lot better,” Marlow coach Kirk Harris said. “We had to make a little adjustment defensively because they were hurting us with their penetration.
“We were going to run the ball just a little bit, but it was working, so we just kept with it. We tried some trapping and they cooled off a little bit and we were able to get our offense going.
“I thought we neutralized their big girl (Faith Harris) and got her into foul trouble.”
The game went back-and-forth in the first half as evidenced by eight ties and five lead changes.
Chelsea Nunley hit a bucket at the first quarter buzzer to tie the game at 11-all.
Neither team would lead by more than three points in the second, but Central High’s Lora-Lynn Loomis connected on one of two free throws with 14.9 seconds left in the half to give her team a one-point lead at the break.
After two lead changes, Marlow’s Avery Walker tied and gave her team a 31-30 lead with a pair of free throws at the 5:35 mark. The Lady Outlaws would never trail again.
Walker’s points were part of a 8-0 run to push the lead to 37-30.
Marlow would go on to take a 41-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
Central High was never able to get closer than nine points in the final quarter, and Marlow went on to claim the county championship.
“This was a good win for us, and I told them not to let us go into a lull after this,” Harris said. “We have a habit of playing in this tournament and playing flat the week after.”
“This was the biggest accomplishment we’ve ever made,” said Ashley O’Dell,who had a game-high 22 points. “Our intensity in the third quarter got us this win. It got us the lead and we went from there.”
– Ashley O’Dell, 22; Avery Walker, 17; Anne Davenport, 6; Emalee Williams, 4; Diamond Morris, 3; Tory Nations, 2
Central High – Lora-Lynn Loomis, 12; Aleia Daniels, 10; Lacie Phillips, 9; Chelsea White, 4; Faith Harris, 4; Chelsea Nunley, 2

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