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March 8, 2014

Hennessey Alva girls headed to state

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — The Hennessey Lady Eagles continued their unlikely run to the state tournament, clinching their first berth since 1999 with a 39-35 win over the defending Class 2A state champion Northeast Academy Lady Vikings Saturday at Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Pioneer Cellular Event Center.

Hennessey (20-10) used an 18-0 run stretching from the  second quarter to the third to build up a 30-16 lead early in the third quarter, but then had to withstand a 13-1 run by the defending champs that closed the gap to 31-29. Northeast (13-12) eventually closed the gap to one point at 33-32, but Hennessey responded and Kylee Blehm’s layup made it a two-possession game at 37-32, which Northeast was not able to overcome.

Hennessey’s Skylar Holder converted two free throws late to make it 39-35 with 18 seconds remaining, providing the margin of victory.

It was the Lady Eagles’ fifth-straight win after losing to Northeast 31-23 in the regional winners bracket semifinals Feb. 27 in Cashion. Northeast  lost to Thomas Friday night, setting up Saturday’s 2A Area 1 losers bracket rematch.

Hennessey was led in scoring by Skylar Holder with 14 points. Northeast’s LaNesia Williams, an Oklahoma commit, led all scorers with a game-high 22 points.

• DEL CITY — Jaden Hobbs scored 22 points as Alva’s girls defeated Tishomingo 41-24 in a Class 3A Area I losers bracket final Saturday.  The win puts the Ladybugs (25-2) in the state tournament for the second straight year. Alva lost to Northeast in last year’s state finals.

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