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Allen teams win titles at own tournament

Jan. 24—ALLEN — The "Salty Seven" Allen girls' basketball team had to be extra salty to secure a hard-fought 52-47 win over Wewoka in the finals of the Allen Mustang Winter Classic Saturday night.

Allen, ranked No. 5 in Class A, kept its unbeaten record intact at 17-0 on the year. Wewoka, No. 16 in Class 2A, fell to 12-5. Allen also defeated Wewoka 54-48 in a Jan. 9 home game.

"This game was a battle from start to finish. We knew it was going to be a physical game against a good team. The girls stepped up to the challenge and fought through to get the win," said Allen girls coach Dottie Slabaugh. "I can't say enough about how proud I am of this team. They are a small group but have not let that be an excuse to be less than what they are. We are just trying to be ready for the playoffs at this point in our season."

The Stratford girls captured third place with a 61-36 win over Wilson on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-9 on the year, while Wilson fell to 12-7.

The Lady Bulldogs got healthier this week and head coach Mark Savage said he saw improvement by his club during tournament play.

"Overall, it was a great effort. We're getting better," he said.

Allen and Stratford collided for the boys' championship and the host Mustangs prevailed 54-40.

Coach Greg Mills' squad — ranked No. 9 in Class A — improved to 17-1 on the year and is currently in the midst of a 12-game winning streak. Stratford fell to 9-7.

Stratford Boys head coach Ray Ardery said it was a good week for his Bulldogs.

"Allen is a hard team to try and slow down. We did some good things and competed extremely well, we're just still not executing some small things that you need to be able to execute to give yourself a chance versus teams like that," Ardery said. "We are very proud of the way we competed this week."

Allen is scheduled to host Tupelo on Friday and Stratford is set to entertain local rival Vanoss.

GIRLS

Championship

Allen 52, Wewoka 47

The Lady Tigers held a slim 13-11 lead after the first quarter before Allen used a 20-8 run in the second period to surge to a 31-21 halftime lead. The Lady Mustangs simply hung on from there.

Wewoka outscored Allen 12-9 in the third quarter and 14-12 in the final period but the Lady Mustangs made just enough plays down the stretch to secure the victory.

Sophomore Cherish Woodward led the Allen offense with 19 points to go with eight rebounds and three steals. Kaylee Davis hit five 3-pointers for all 15 of her points. Stoney Cully was next with seven points.

Ava Laden contributed a team-high nine rebounds, five assists, and two blocked shots to the AHS effort.

Timber Carter drilled four 3-point baskets on her way to a team-high 16 points for Wewoka. She also had nine rebounds. Shaniece Stephens was right behind with 15 points.

3rd Place

Stratford 61, Wilson 36

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a hot start, racing to a 21-8 lead after the first quarter. Stratford led 30-19 at halftime and took control with a 19-11 surge in the third period.

Sophomore Ryleigh Ardery continued her steady play for the Lady Bulldogs. She finished with 17 points. She hit a trio of 3-pointers and scored 11 points during the SHS opening salvo.

Jaelee Korzan finished with a double-double that included 16 points and 11 rebounds. She hit a pair of 3-point shots. Trinity Bess just missed double figures with nine points and Launa Raymo followed with eight points and four steals.

The Lady Eagles were paced by freshman Liberty Forsythe, who scored 14 points. Ashtyn Baker was next with six points.

Stratford sank 15-of-22 free throws in the contest, while Wilson connected on 10-of-14 tries.

BOYS

Championship

Allen 54, Stratford 40

Allen held a slim 18-16 lead after one quarter but limited the Bulldogs to just four second-quarter points and built a 27-20 halftime edge. The Mustangs kept Stratford at bay by outscoring the visitors 27-20 over the final two quarters.

Allen got a game-high 18 points from Brayden Tatum, who hit a pair of 3-pointers. Gus Matthews was tough in the paint for the Mustangs and finished with 17 points. Garrett Nix also hit double figures with 11 points.

Stratford got a team-high 16 points from Walker Chandler, including four 3-point baskets. Oliver Smithwick also hit double figures with 10 to go with eight rebounds.

Peanut Clapper and Carson Owens chipped in six points apiece for Stratford. Clapper added five rebounds and three assists and Owens came up with four steals.

Allen made 10-of-19 free throws in the game and Stratford finished 2-of-4 from the line.