One of the most storied tournaments in Stephens County starts next week as the 89th Annual Stephens County Girls Tournament begins and the Comanche Lady Indians are looking to make history.
Currently the Lady Indians, who are the number one seed in the tournament, are tied for second in the longest streak of winning a title at five in a row.
The Lady Indians can go for a tie in longest streak as they host the 2020 Stephens County Tournament and if they win it will be six girls titles in a row.
The Marlow Lady Outlaws, who back in 2008-2013 set the record at six titles in a row, will be the No. 3 seed in the Stephens County Tournament.
The 89th Annual Stephens County Tournament will have games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the first round for the girls on Monday and the first round for the boys on Tuesday.
Semi-finals will be on Thursday, the consolation semi-finals will take place on Friday and the consolation championships, third place games and title games will be on Saturday.
Below is a list of the first round games and in the order they will be played starting 30 minutes earlier than usual as the times have been moved from a 4:30 p.m. start to a 4 p.m. start.
No. 4 Empire Lady Bulldogs (10-4) vs. No. 5 Davis Lady Wolves (4-6), 4 p.m. Monday Jan. 20
The Empire Lady Bulldogs come off their biggest win of the season after beating Velma-Alma 42-39 this past Tuesday and have one more game this Friday against a team in the Stephens County Tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs will have a home date with Waurika who is the No. 6 seed in the girls tournament and will look to go into the tournament with a two-game winning streak.
Common opponents that the Lady Bulldogs could see in the tournament again would be Comanche, who they lost to earlier in the year, and Bray-Doyle who they beat in the season opener.
The Davis Lady Wolves come into the tournament with at least a three game winning streak, but their last game before the tournament will be against No. 9 Washington as they host them Friday evening.
The Lady Wolves have played Marlow with them losing in the season opener as they come back to the Stephens County Tournament for the second year in a row.
No. 2 Velma-Alma (12-1) vs. No. 7 Central High Lady Bronchos (3-9), 5:20 p.m. Monday Jan. 20
This will be the third meeting of the season between the Velma-Alma Lady Comets and the Central High Lady Bronchos as they had back-to-back meetings in the first week of January.
Both games were down to the wire before the Lady Comets took home a 10 point victory at home and then at the Black Diamond Classic opener they beat the Lady Bronchos by eight points.
Central High lost to Ft. Cobb-Broxton this past Tuesday 46-40 and will host Ringling this evening before the tournament, while Velma-Alma lost to Empire 42-39 this past Tuesday and will host Elmore City-Pernell the Friday before the tournament starts.
No. 3 Marlow Lady Outlaws (7-4) vs. No. 6 Waurika Lady Eagles (8-6), 6:40 p.m. Monday Jan. 20
These two teams will know who they face in the semi-finals before tip-off and are both coming off victories in the most recent games.
The Marlow Lady Outlaws got a 51-39 victory this past Tuesday at Bridge Creek with Whitney Wade and Elaina Kuhlman getting double digits for the Lady Outlaws. It was their seventh victory of the season and they will face Purcell on the road right before the start of the Stephens County Tournament.
Waurika got their eighth victory of the season beating Ringling 48-35 after finishing fourth in the 2020 Black Diamond Classic this past weekend.
The Lady Eagles will look to try and get into the semi-finals for the first time in a few years while Marlow looks to make it four straight years in the semi-finals of the Stephens County Tournament.
No. 1 Comanche Lady Indians (9-2) vs. No. 8 Bray-Doyle Lady Donkeys (4-10), 8 p.m. Monday Jan. 20
These two teams have the most history in the girls Stephens County Tournament with the most combined titles and will face each other in the first round of the 89th Annual Tournament.
Comanche comes in the tournament off a 73-44 victory over Dickson and will face off against Sulphur again this evening as they faced each other in the championship of the Lindsay Tournament.
The Bray-Doyle Lady Donkeys have the most titles on the girls side of the Stephens County Tournament but haven’t won any in several decades and come into the tournament with a 40-36 loss to Turner.
The Lady Donkeys will have a match up at home against Paoli before the Stephens County tournament begins next week.
Full coverage of the 89th Annual Stephens County Tournament will be on The Duncan Banner website and in several editions of The Duncan Banner next week.
The following is the full schedule for the tournament that will be held at Comanche High School.
Game 1: Empire vs. Davis - 4 p.m. Jan. 20
Game 2: Velma-Alma vs. Central High - 5:20 p.m. Jan. 20
Game 3: Marlow vs. Waurika - 6:40 p.m. Jan. 20
Game 4: Comanche vs. Bray-Doyle - 8 p.m. Jan. 20
Game 5: Semi-Final #1 - 4 p.m. Jan. 23
Game 6: Semi-Final #2 - 6:40 p.m. Jan. 23
Game 7: Consolation Semi-Final #1 - 4 p.m. Jan. 24
Game 8: Consolation Semi-Final #2 - 6:40 p.m.
Game 9: Consolation Championship Game - 11 a.m. Jan. 25
Game 10: Third-Place Game - 2 p.m. Jan. 25
Game 11: Championship Game - 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25