While they all took different paths to get there, Duncan produced a fourth place result in every category en route to a fourth place ranking with 20 points. Jenks took first with 32, Enid was close behind in second with 29 and Edmond North continued its strong day with a third place, 23-point finish.
Brittany Toone got off on the right foot in No.1 singles by winning her first match, but landed in fourth after defeats to Jenks and Enid.
Playing in the No. 2 singles slot, Alex Bowers split her first two matches before taking on her biggest test of the season: Jacey Smith of Edmond North, the defending Class 6A State Champion. Bowers and Smith battled back and forth for three sets until Smith pulled ahead in the final frame to win 6-2, 3-6, 7-6. Bowers took fourth for her efforts.
Once again paired together in No.1 doubles, Samantha Cassidy and Sydney Hendricks won its opener against Lumry and Stobed of Shawnee before dropping their final two matches to teams from Jenks and Edmond Memorial.
Carly Kirkland and Marissa Moore took the same path in No. 2 doubles, beating Chigg and Krauss of Broken Arrow in its first match and dropping its final two contests.
“On the girls side, we had our chances,” Barnes said. “If we win a couple more of those three set matches, we’re talking about finishing in second or third place.”
The Demons and Lady Demons will be back in action Friday and Saturday at Ada, a tournament Barnes said could be the toughest tournament of the season.