On Monday, Lone Grove hosted Madill to finish off a game started on Feb. 10 just before a violent tornado hit Lone Grove. At that time, the Longhorn girls were up 21-18 with 3:08 remaining before halftime.


On Monday, Lone Grove hosted Madill to finish off a game started on Feb. 10 just before a violent tornado hit Lone Grove. At that time, the Longhorn girls were up 21-18 with 3:08 remaining before halftime.


Both coach Hugh Don Sweat from Madill and Mike Phillips from Lone Grove agreed to add 2 minutes to the clock. And that’s where things started up again: With 5:08 left before halftime and the Longhorns on top 21-18. But the Wildcats went on to win 62-58.


Prior to the game, a number of important people were honored. Lone Grove athletic director Kenny Ridley thanked a host of emergency organizations who aided Lone Grove during the tornado. Individuals representing several agencies were there and were given a well-deserved standing ovation by everyone in attendance.


In addition, Comanche athletic director Aaron Weast, presented Ridley with $513 Indian fans had raised during their home game the Tuesday following the storm. He also brought a pick-up load of canned goods for Lone Grove residents.


Madill high school basketball players gave Ridley $500 in cash Wildcat fans had gathered up during their next home following the tornado. Madill athletic director Bink Stafford, stated the money came from a lot of Wildcat fans that appreciated very much the way the Lone Grove staff had taken care of their athletes and fans on Feb. 10.


One Madill bus had to return to the Longhorn gym for what they thought was a player that didn’t make it on the bus. As things turned out, he had taken another bus. But the tornado sirens were already sounding, and the bus load of Wildcats had to stay. Ridley and the Lone Grove staff ushered them under the stands where they were able to escape the tornado.


Ridley stated that a number of other schools had also given money to help the Lone Grove tornado victims.


When play resumed, Lone Grove’s Kristen Moyers hit her second free throw to give the Longhorns a 22-18 lead. But by halftime, Madill had regrouped to go up 25-23.


“We always love coming over here, because we know we’ll always be tested as a team,” Sweat said. “This game was well played, and it was a lot of fun. A lot of players from the bench got to play and contribute to our cause. I’m thankful we were able to come back to Lone Grove and finish the game we started a couple of weeks ago.”


Madill (16-8 overall, 6-3 in Lake Country Conference play), struggled in the third, but Lone Grove sophomore Erin Sprouse almost single handedly brought the Longhorns back. Sprouse scored 14 of her 16 points in the third, and Lone Grove took a 44-40 lead to the fourth.


“We missed way too many shots in the paint, especially in the fourth period,” Phillips said. “We didn’t do too well at the free-throw line either. We’re playing pretty well right now. In fact, I believe it’s the best we’ve played all season. “We just ran into a very good, well-coached team in Madill. And we couldn’t close the door.”


Madill outscored Lone Grove 22-14 in the final 8 minutes to move on for the victory.


Nichole Bates led the Wildcats with 20 points. The game was stopped with 1:10 left in the second period when Bates scored her 1,000th point. She was presented a game ball by Sweat, and she tossed it to her family in the stands.


Kenna Self had 16 points for the Wildcats, and Jody Lollis had 10 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double game.


Lone Grove (8-15, 3-6) was led in scoring by Sprouse and Tori Deck, who both finished with 16 points.