LONE GROVE — When there’s a matchup between two undefeated teams, often times a change in momentum can be the difference between victory and defeat.
The No. 13 Sulphur Lady Bulldogs made sure mighty “Mo” never left their side Tuesday night against the No. 17 Lone Grove Lady Horns.
Sulphur came out of the gates strong and never looked back as the Lady Bulldogs handed the Lady Horns their first defeat of the season by a score of 54-27 at the Gary Scott Center.
“We talked about getting out of the gate strong and having a good start tonight,” Sulphur coach Toby Todd said. “Lone Grove is very athletic and Coach (Sam) Hale does a lot of great things on defense and mixes things up a lot. You have to put points on the board against a good defensive team like that, or else it’s going to be a very tough night. I was very proud of our effort, especially on the defensive end of the ball.”
“The mark of a good team is when you have multiple girls who can score,” Todd added. “Kady (Lynch) had her best game of the season tonight. We had a good matchup with her so we tried to take advantage of it. We were put in some situations tonight and we had to call some different numbers, and our girls stepped up with points.”
Sulphur opened the game with a 22-8 first quarter run, before outscoring the Lady Horns 10-7 in the second quarter to lead 32-15 at the break.
The Lady Bulldogs kept their consistent trend going in the third as they outscored Lone Grove 10-7 to lead 42-22, before finishing the game on a 12-5 run.
“Sulphur is obviously a good team who plays very good defense,” Lone Grove coach Sam Hale said. “I thought we played very tentatively out there tonight, and you can’t play that way and expect to beat the upper teams in Class 3A or Class 4A for that matter.”
“We had a long layoff over the Christmas break,” Hale added. “We don’t have a lot of choice right now but to get back to work. We’ve got a good opportunity to improve this week with the Longhorn Invitational and then the Atoka Tournament in a couple of weeks. There’s things we can improve on and I believe we’ll do just that in these next few games.”
Korie Allensworth led all scorers on the night with 20 points for the Lady Bulldogs, with Kady Lynch scoring 12 points. Abby Beck added seven points with Harley Beesley putting in six points.
Cheyanne Davis led Lone Grove with 12 points followed by Malea McMurtrey with seven points.
Lone Grove will host the Longhorn Invitational beginning on Thursday, while Sulphur is at the Charles K. Heatley tournament in Lindsay the same day.