ALEX — Two area teams recently battled each other for third place in the Longhorn Classic.
The Alex Lady Longhorns and Ninnekah Lady Owls faced each other in Alex on Saturday and were looking to get their second win of the tournament. The Lady Owls rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half, but the Lady Longhorns survived to pick up a 36-31 victory.
The Lady Longhorns won their first game of the tournament, getting past Wayne by a score of 54-38. At 9-0, the Lady Longhorns suffered their first loss of the season the following night, falling to eventual champion Stratford in the semifinals.
The Lady Owls took care of business against Union City in the first round of the tournament Thursday. They fell to Calumet in the semifinals.
The Lady Owls held a lead over the Lady Longhorns heading to the second quarter. With Alex trailing, the Lady Longhorns went on a scoring run and took the lead for the rest of the half. Kye Heldermon went on a solo scoring run for the Lady Longhorns, scoring six of her 10 points to give the team a 15-12 advantage.
Alex’s Kaitlyn Goleman buried a shot late in the half to send the Lady Longhorns to the second half with an 18-14 advantage.
The Lady Longhorns took the momentum from that shot and added to it in the third quarter, building their lead to 11 points in the period.
Olivia Ketchum and Goleman made baskets to extend Alex’s lead. Goleman scored four of Alex's first seven second-half points and put the Lady Longhorns up 25-14.
But the Lady Owls were not finished, and Jayah Rodriguez led a 6-0 charge to get them within five points. Ninnekah trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter.
The Lady Owls scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and then took a 29-28 lead on a Kaylee Crutchfield 3-pointer. With the game tied at 30 points apiece, the Lady Longhorns scored six points in a row to take back control.