Impossible is nothing. Just ask the Velma-Alma Lady Comets.
With her team down by one point with 53 seconds left in the fourth, senior Teddi Southerland hit a three-point shot off the glass, from what looked to be an impossible angle on the right side, near the baseline.
The basket sparked all of the fans wearing maroon inside Stroud’s Route 66 Coliseum, as the Lady Comets upset No. 12 Stonewall 42-40 Friday afternoon to put themselves one game away from the state tournament.
Southerland admitted she believed there was someone special guiding her crucial shot.
“Whenever it went in, I thought it had to be Braylee (Henry) who helped me,” she said. “This means everything to us. We all believed we could make it here. No one else thought we would make it, but we’re here now.”
Despite his best efforts following the victory, V-A head coach Jerry Garrett couldn’t hide his excitement nor his emotion for his entire team.
“I’m trying to hold it all together as best as I can,” he said. “It’s tough with everything that happened with Braylee. This season is for her and this team has taken off with that attitude. Rankings don’t matter, and our team doesn’t care if we’re playing the No. 1 team in the state. These girls keep battling every possession and I’m so proud of every single one of them.”
The shot was an exciting climax to a fourth quarter which saw the Lady Longhorns nab their only lead of the contest at the 1:11 mark at 37-36.
But, with SHS post player Breann Gipson fouling out late on and taking with her 11 points, the Lady Comets were able to take advantage.
V-A controlled the pace of the game from the opening tip, racing out to an 8-0 lead before Stonewall even got on the board.
When the Lady Longhorns did get points, it was 8-2 Lady Comets with 3:34 left in the first.
Going into the second quarter, the Lady Comets held an 11-5 lead, which remained in tact going into halftime at 21-16.
V-A’s biggest lead of the night came in the third quarter at nine points, as the Lady Comets took a 34-27 lead into the fourth.
From the free throw line both teams missed five times, as V-A went 8-of-13 and Stonewall shot 4-of-9.
“We didn’t know much about Stonewall coming into this game,” Garrett said. “We’ve got a tough schedule and girls basketball is good in the southwest. I feel like we’re just as good as a lot of these ranked teams here. We’re excited to keep this rolling.”
Kylee Saville paced the Lady Comets (21-7) with 15 points with Teddi Southerland close behind with 11 points.
Ariah Johnson scored eight points in the contest, with Shalyn Files adding four points. Bita Humphreys put in three points.
Stonewall (21-9) was led by Haley Snell with 13 points followed by Breann Gipson with 11 points. Kim Helms added 10 points.
V-A’s last challenge to the state tournament was a rematch with No. 5 Pond Creek-Hunter that was scheduled for Saturday night.
Impossible is nothing. Just ask the Velma-Alma Lady Comets.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
The Duncan girls didn’t play under ideal conditions at the Guthrie tournament Thursday, but claimed second as a team.
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