LONE GROVE — Hosting a tournament can bring with it many obstacles and challenges.
The Lone Grove basketball teams though were more than ready to handle them on Thursday as the annual Longhorn Invitational kicked off at the Gary Scott Center.
Unfortunately, the Lady Horns were the only team representing Lone Grove who claimed a victory, as the Longhorns were defeated by Lawton Christian.
The Lady Horns will be in semifinal action this evening at 7 p.m. against Cache while the Longhorns will play in the consolation semifinals at 2:30 p.m. against Marlow.
Lone Grove 61 Plainview JV 22
There was little drama in the opening game for the Lady Horns, as they rolled to a victory against the Plainview girls JV.
Lone Grove put up 13 points in the first quarter as Plainview was held to just three points.
Defense was at a premium for the Lady Horns in the second quarter as they held Plainview to just five points before halftime, while building a 32-8 advantage.
An 18-3 run by Lone Grove all but iced the game in the third quarter, as both teams scored 11 points in the fourth.
Malea McMurtrey led the scoring for Lone Grove with 19 points followed by Anna Black with 12 points and Cheyanne Davis with nine points.
Lawton Christian 64 Lone Grove 27
A foe Lone Grove is all too familiar with came back to once again haunt them as the Longhorns were defeated by the Lawton Christian Crusaders Thursday night in the late game.
Lone Grove managed to stay with the Crusaders early in the game at 3-3, before Lawton Christian went on a 9-3 run to end the first quarter and lead 12-6.
Things didn’t get better in the second as Lone Grove was outscored 16-7, leading to a 28-13 deficit at the break.
Lawton Christian scored 21 points in the third quarter, before scoring 15 in the fourth, while Lone Grove managed 14 total for the second half.
Jackson Ramon led the scoring with eight points followed by Cody McClennahan with six points.