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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • McCutchen scores 19 in Lone Grove's win over Idabel

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  • LONE GROVE — Though not a pretty win, it was a win Friday night as the Lone Grove girls defeated the Idabel Warriors 62-51 at the Gary Scott Center to improve to 5-2 for the year.
    Idabel managed a 12-11 lead after the first period, which took 30 minutes to play because of 20 combined turnovers and 14 fouls. With the game knotted at 14-all early in the second period, the Longhorns started to put things together offensively. An 8-1 run gave Lone Grove a 22-15 lead, and by halftime, the Longhorns were up 34-21.
    "Because we are working so hard to get where we need to be, this game was totally unacceptable," Lone Grove coach Jeff Word said. "We didn't do a very good job of ball control, and we weren't patient on the offensive end. As a team, we simply cannot be happy with the way we performed tonight, either offensively or defensively."
    Strong bench play helped Lone Grove as the game hit the second half. The Longhorns pushed their lead to 20 at 49-29 when Haley McCutchen hit a short jumper and accompanying charity toss with 2 minutes left in the third. Heading into the final 8 minutes, Lone Grove had a 52-31 lead. Idabel outscored Lone Grove 20-10 in the fourth.
    McCutchen's 19 points led the way for Lone Grove, who put nine girls in the scoring column. Savannah Throneberry had 10 rebounds and eight points.
    Harvest Rhoden paced the Warriors with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
    "Haley had a great game for us with 19 points and 8-of-9 in free throws," Word said. "And Ashton Johnson and Kaylyn Crockett gave us a lift off the bench when we needed a lift.
    "This is not a game to be happy with, and I won't let the girls be happy with it. We are grateful for a win."
    It was a struggle for both teams, with the game taking a full two hours to finish due to play stoppages. The two teams combined for 75 turnovers (Lone Grove 38, Idabel 37), 46 whistled fouls and 61 free throws.
    Lone Grove hit 19 of 56 (34 percent) from the floor to Idabel's 28 percent (15 of 53). At the line, the Longhorns were 21 of 32 (66 percent) compared to the Warriors' 59 percent (17 of 29).
    Lone Grove had a 35-28 rebounding edge. Both teams had 15 offensive boards and 12 second-chance points.
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