WILSON — Through four games this season, the Lone Grove Lady Horns have relied on a system of balance on both the offense and defensive sides of the ball.
WILSON — Through four games this season, the Lone Grove Lady Horns have relied on a system of balance on both the offense and defensive sides of the ball. Saturday night proved that the formula is paying off. Lone Grove’s Lady Horns won their fifth straight game to open the season, as the Lady Horns cruised to the championship of the Black and Gold Classic in Wilson, winning 58-34 against the Ryan Cowgirls. Next up for the Lady Horns is a game against the Dickson Lady Comets Tuesday night at home. A huge part of the victory for Lone Grove was that there were three players in double figures on the evening, which included tournament MVP Cheyanne Davis with 15 points. “We didn’t get into the type of game Ryan played Friday night against Healdton,” Lone Grove coach Sam Hale said. “I’m very pleased with the way we took control of the tempo from the opening tip. We took some good shots early and our confidence just grew from there.” “There’s a lot of new players we’re breaking in this season, so wins like this are great for us,” Hale said. “We were able to get some of the younger girls involved tonight, and that’s always a plus. Lydia (Saavedra) and Cheyanne (Davis) have each been taking good shots, they just haven’t been falling. Tonight though was different and once they drained a couple of those shots, then their confidence was sky high and it just helps us so much as a team when they are confident like that.” Lone Grove didn’t have any trouble on either side of the ball in the first quarter as the Lady Horns led 28-6, before the tempo picked up in the second. Ryan scored 18 points while the Lady Horns were held to just nine, leading to a 37-24 lead going into the break. However, the Lady Horns got back to basics in the third quarter as they outscored the Cowgirls 17-6, before both teams scored four points apiece in the fourth. Maile Coe also had 15 points in the game, while Lydia Saavedra scored 14 points. Saavedra was named to the All-Tournament team as well. Malea Mcmurtrey put in seven points for Lone Grove.