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.
Demon baseball to face best in Class 5A
The Duncan baseball team will see the best Class 5A has to offer at the McAlester Shootout Thursday through Saturday.
Demon coach Tim Hightower described the event as a “pre-state tournament” because many of the teams attending are state tournament contenders.
Soccer teams finish season at home
The Duncan soccer teams won’t go to the postseason, but they have plenty to play for Friday night against Western Heights.
It’s the last home games for the Demons and it’s Senior Night. The girls will look to finish near .500 for the season, while the boys want a good showing against a tough opponent.
Chamber Golf Classic proves to be popular event
When word got out that entries would be accepted for the Duncan Chamber Golf Classic, set for Friday at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, it didn’t take long for people to respond.
As club general manager Mike Hansen put it: “They sent out an e-mail and filled it up in a day.”
Thunder look to bounce back
During the hey day of L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a new term was added to the lexicon. Anyone who seemingly was able to slow down the prolific scorer was automatically dubbed the Kobe Stopper.
Players such as Ruben Patterson, Raja Bell, Shane Battier, Ron Artest and Bruce Bowen all had the tag attached to their name, despite Bryant putting up big numbers against them.
Demons hoping for top-four finish
The Duncan baseball team will need to take care of business next week in its final District 2-5A games.
The Demons are 7-5 in district (16-9 overall) after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Carl Albert Monday, 8-1 and 4-1. The Titans (13-1, 26-4) won the district title.
Girls soccer gets it done at Altus
The Duncan girls soccer team battled in a tough environment at Altus to win 1-0 Tuesday.
Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay said it was frustrating at times for the girls because of some questionable calls the officials made. But she was happy the girls pulled together to win.
Meshell shines as Outlaws beat Warriors
The Marlow baseball team got help from Beau Meshell on the mound and at the plate in a 7-4 home victory against Anadarko Tuesday.
Meshell held Anadarko to one earned run off three hits and did not walk a batter. He reached base three times, had one run batted in and scored one run.
Girls golfers take fourth at Deer Creek
The Duncan girls golfers took fourth at a tournament hosted by Deer Creek High School at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond Tuesday.
Lady Demon coach Steve Etheridge said that the girls played as well as they have all year. Although the golfers struggled putting on some fast greens, Etheridge was happy with their overall performance.
Empire softball tries to spark offense
The Lady Bulldogs are trying to find a way to spice up their offense in preparation for the Class 3A slowpitch softball playoffs.
Empire has played a tough schedule, with four of the first seven games coming against ranked opponents. However, coach Tony Roberts thinks the team just needs to have some more timely hitting to get on the winning track.
Outlaws shut out Indians
Marlow baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-0 win at home against Comanche Monday.
“We needed to get this win and we got it,” said Marlow coach Jeff Brewer.
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