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Host Allen clubs secure easy first-round wins

Jan. 20—ALLEN — Both Allen High School basketball teams rolled to first-round victories on Thursday at the Allen Mustang Winter Classic.

The Allen boys shut down Coalgate 76-12 and the Allen girls waltzed past Tishomingo 70-33.

Coach Greg Mills' boys team, ranked No. 9 in Class A, improved to 14-1 on the year and are in the midst of a nine-game winning streak. The Allen girls, No. 7 in Class A, stayed unbeaten at 15-0.

In another boys' game involving a local team on Thursday, Stratford survived a 48-47 scare from Strother.

In girls' action, the Stratford Lady Bulldogs got healthier and steamrolled Strother 52-16 and Wewoka shot past Coalgate 59-27.

The Allen Mustang Winter Classic wraps up today, beginning at noon with the title games scheduled for 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys).

BOYS

Allen 76, Coalgate 12

The Mustangs took control quickly by outscoring the Wildcats 27-4 in the first period Allen went on to build a 45-9 lead by halftime.

Allen limited Coalgate to just a combined three total points in the second half, all from the free-throw line.

Brayden Tatum paced the Allen offense with 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Post-player Gus Matthews and Keithon Howard both ended up with 14 points for the home team.

Garrett Nix just missed double figures with nine points thanks to three 3-point baskets. A total of 10 different Allen players reached the scoring column.

Coalgate got four points from Tristin Trevathan, who sank a first-quarter 3-pointer.

Stratford 48, Strother 47

Stratford (8-6) had the early upper hand, racing to an 18-7 first-quarter lead. The Yellowjackets trimmed their deficit to 26-20 by halftime. After both teams scored 11 points in the third period, Strother (8-8) tried to rally with a 16-11 run before Stratford halted the comeback.

Walker Chandler led Stratford with 17 points, six rebounds, and three steals. Oliver Smithwick chimed in with 14 points and seven boards before fouling out. Both he and Chandler sank 3-pointers. Lincoln Hall was next with eight points and also had six rebounds.

Jeremiah Lena paced the Yellowjackets with 18 points and Payton Moody was right behind with 17 points, including a pair of triples.

Stratford made 10-of-19 free throws in the contest compared to a 9-of-14 effort by the Yellowjackets.

GIRLS

Allen 70, Tishomingo 33

Allen jumped out to a 23-5 lead after the first quarter before Tishomingo responded by outscoring the Lady Mustangs 19-16 in the second period to get within 39-24 at halftime. Coach Dottie Slabaugh's AHS bunch dominated the second half with a 17-3 run in the third quarter and a 14-6 surge in the final frame.

Cherish Woodward poured in a game-high 25 points and also had 11 rebounds, five assists, five steals, and three blocked shots in a big outing for the sophomore standout.

Kayla Nickell followed with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Stoney Cully also hit double figures with 10 points.

All seven Allen players made at least one 3-point basket with Cully connecting on a pair of shots from downtown.

Kimber Collins led Tishomingo with eight points and five rebounds, while Erica Cabaniss followed with seven points and five more boards.

Stratford 52, Strother 16

The Lady Bulldogs took control early, rolling to a 14-4 lead after one quarter and pushing that advantage to 30-6 by halftime thanks to a 16-2 second-quarter volley.

Stratford outscored Strother 22-10 over the final two quarters.

Both Jalee Korzan and Trinity Bess returned to the starting lineup for Stratford after missing time with injuries. Korzan scored nine points and Bess added four.

Ryleigh Ardery paced the SHS offense with 11 points, hit a 3-pointer, and sank 4-of-6 free throws. Both Launa Raymo and ERin Henderson chipped in seven points each. Callie Sandlin hit two 3-point baskets for six points for coach Mark Savage's squad.

Strother got a team-best eight points from Brooklyn Turner.