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Stonewall takes two from Roff

Jan. 17—The Stonewall Longhorns used a swarming defense to help build an early lead and went on to cage the Tigers 63-28 last Friday inside the Murphy-Roberts Gymnasium.

The Longhorns, ranked No. 7 in Class A, stayed unbeaten at 17-0 on the year, while Roff lost for the 12th consecutive time and dropped to 2-13.

Stonewall rushed to a 16-4 lead early and used a decisive 24-5 run in the second period to take control at 40-9 by halftime. The Longhorns outscored Roff 23-19 over the final two periods.

"We really got after it on the defensive end in the first half. We were able to force a lot of turnovers and get some good looks early. It was a good win and nice to get everyone in the game," said Stonewall boys coach Wes Moreland.

Roff gave the Stonewall first fits in the first half before the Lady Longhorns regrouped and rallied for a 39-23 victory.

Stonewall, ranked No. 16 in Class A, improved to 12-4 on the year, while the Lady Tigers fell to 6-8.

All four teams now have their sights set on the 2024 SRT Tournament which tips off Thursday at Roff High School. The Roff girls meet Wetumka at 1:20 p.m. and the Stonewall girls face Wesleyan Christian at 6:40 p.m. in a first-round matchup. The Longhorns are set to square off against Maud at 5:20 p.m. and the host Tigers will play Wesleyan Christian at 8 p.m. in a couple of boys first-round contest.

Other schools in the tournament include fellow Pontotoc Conference club Tupelo, Stringtown, and Caney,

BOYS

Stonewall 63, Roff 28

Ashton Bierce turned in a solid offensive performance for the Longhorns with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. He made a pair of 3-pointers.

Mika Matt matched Bierce with 19 points, hit three triples, and also had five assists and three steals.

Brody McCown just missed double figures with nine points.

Kaden Darnell paced Roff with eight points and Zeph Wade followed with seven. Darnell made his team's lone 3-point basket.

GIRLS

Stonewall 39, Roff 23

The Lady Longhorns led just 7-4 after the first quarter before Roff turned the tables. The Lady Tigers used a 10-4 run to overtake the hosts and build a 14-11 advantage at halftime.

Stonewall countered with a 16-7 surge in the third period to grab a 27-21 lead. The Lady Longhorns then limited Roff to just two points in the final frame to finally pull away.

Faith Ross led all scorers, erupting for a game-high 23 points. She was the only player in the game to hit double figures. Ross hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished 5-of-7 from the free-throw line.

Carlee Gayler just missed double-figures with nine points and also had six rebounds. Lilly Wyche ended up with seven points and also had six boards.

Sophie Eldred paced Roff with eight points and Shelbey Ensey was next with six. Eldred sank a pair of 3-point baskets.