LONE GROVE — When things get bland, sometimes your best bet is a heavy dose of queso — or in Lone Grove’s case, ‘K-So.’

LONE GROVE — When things get bland, sometimes your best bet is a heavy dose of queso — or in Lone Grove’s case, ‘K-So.’

Kemyon Sophus, or as he’s better known at the Gary Scott Sports Complex, ‘K-So’ scored 22 points in the Longhorns 59-50 win over Lindsay in the Longhorn Invitational consolation final. 

Lone Grove came out of the gates firing on all-cylinders, opening up a 11-0 lead in the first quarter. But as Lone Grove’s first half lead disappeared and the offense went stagnant late in the third, the Longhorns went back to ole reliable, good ball movement and feeding Sophus the ball in the paint.

Sophus’ tough and-one bucket in traffic with 3:00 remaining in the third quarter ended an 0-8 tailspin for Lone Grove and spurred a strong second half performance from the rest of Longhorns.

Lone Grove head coach John Garrett said sometimes a big bucket, like the Sophus’ and-one is all it takes to wake his team up. 

“We stopped being aggressive and started holding the ball, passing it around instead of attacking gaps,” Garrett said. “There’s no in-between with us. We have nothing or we’re pinning our ears back and go go go. We’re trying to find a happy medium. Sometimes it takes a big bucket or an and-one to get us back going.” 

Lone Grove headed into the fourth with a 40-34 lead after Austin Felts hit a buzzer beating three to close out the quarter, one of his three buckets from beyond the arc in the win.

And despite Lindsay hitting several big threes of their own in the fourth quarter, the Longhorns always had an answer.

Shelden Brown, who made the Longhorn Invitational all-tournament team, scored 10 points in the fourth, going 6/6 from the free throw line to help the Longhorns close out the 59-50 consolation title victory.

“We are getting better at closing out games and situational basketball,” Garrett said. “Just knowing when to take shots and not take shots. We took maybe one iffy shot but we knocked it down. That’s part of it. A lot of these guys haven’t played many high school games. We’re learning all that stuff. We’re just trying to get to the point where we feel confident in those situations by the time we get to the playoffs.”

Sophus lead all scorers with 22 points, Brown scored 15 points and Austin Felts added 11 in the win.

Lone Grove will host Sulphur Tuesday night at 8 p.m.