Kinley Rendon

Kinley Rendon fights against some Empire defenders as she hit four three point shots in the Lady Indians big victory to make it to the Stephens County Tournament Championship.

The Comanche Lady Indians left no doubt they wanted a chance at history and are one step closer after a big 68-33 semi-final victory over the Empire Lady Bulldogs.

Having been in the last six championship games and winning five of them, the Lady Indians started the game off with a big run including several shots from Kinley Rendon.

Rendon hit three long range shots while Emily Roden hit one of her own and the Lady Indians also got baskets from Gracee Miller, Caity Blair and Brooklin Bain.

With Comanche taking the early 18-0 lead, Empire got on the board with a bucket from Jasmine Millan and got a bucket from Jaycee Porter as well, but the Lady Indians had the 21-4 lead heading into the second quarter.

Comanche kept their offense firing on all cylinders as Teagan Pineda hit two long range shots while Rendon hit her fourth of the game with Bain hitting two buckets for the Lady Indians.

Jade Millan hit a bucket, her sister Jasmine hit two buckets and Porter did most of her damage at the charity stripe hitting 3-for-4 before the halftime buzzer.

Leading 45-16 heading to the third quarter, Bain and Blair had the 11 points for Comanche in the third quarter while Empire had their best quarter coming out of half in the third quarter.

Jade Millan hit a three bucket and a bucket from the field while Porter and Jasmine Millan hit two buckets apiece and they outscored the Lady Indians 13-11 to cut a little into the large lead.

With the game in hand, the Lady Indians got buckets in the fourth quarter from Shayson Hodges, Alexis Dorough, Maddison Hare and Jaylee Miller contributed points while Empire was held to only four points in the final quarter of play.

Comanche was led in scoring by Bain who had 17 points while Rendon had 15 and for the Lady Bulldogs Jasmine Millan had 13 points and Porter had 12.

The Lady Indians will be going for their sixth straight county tournament crown and will try to tie the record for most titles in a row facing the team that currently holds the record.

They will face the Marlow Lady Outlaws who won six in a row in the mid 2000s after they beat Velma-Alma in their semi-finals earlier in the evening.

Tip-off will take place at 6:30 p.m. this evening between the Lady Outlaws and the Lady Indians with the winner will get Stephens County bragging rights.

A re-match will take place in the third place game as the Empire Lady Bulldogs will play the Velma-Alma Lady Comets starting at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Comanche High School.

The last two times these teams met, the Lady Bulldogs handed Velma-Alma their first loss of the season with Velma-Alma and Empire looking for the third place finish in the county tournament.

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