Oklahoma Class B girls basketball: Lomega nabs 15th title with perfect 27-0 season
Hensley Eaton drove to her right as the Kiowa defense broke down.
She saw Emma Duffy in the corner and fired a pass to her.
“I just knew not to hesitate, just shoot it,” Duffy said. “In the locker room coach told us to keep shooting and our shots would eventually fall. That's exactly what happened."
Standing wide open, Duffy buried the 3-pointer that brought the Lomega bench to its feet and sparked a Kiowa timeout.
Battling in its first close game of the season, Duffy’s 3-pointer capped an 11-0 run for Lomega in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.
Lomega topped Kiowa 67-60 to win back-to-back Class B state championships on Saturday night at State Fair Arena. Lomega nabbed its 15th state championship with a perfect 27-0 season.
Roberts was all over the floor for Lomega and routinely found her way to the rim to lead Lomega to a state championship in her senior year. Roberts led Lomega with 24 points, followed by Emma Duffy with 13.
“I thought we wore them down a little bit towards the end of the third,” Lomega coach Kevin Lewallen said. “It was a heck of a game, we just made plays at the end and Darcy Roberts had a heck of a game.”
Lomega scored 22 points in the first quarter to go on a 22-12 run. But in the second quarter, Kiowa found its rhythm and went on a 20-10 run to take a momentary lead before Lomega’s Ady Wilson scored a layup at the halftime buzzer.
Even though it didn’t have the lead for long, Kiowa made it clear after two quarters that Saturday’s game would be much different than the last time the two teams met.
Lomega beat Kiowa 86-44 in December, but Kiowa did not roll over on Saturday. Kiowa did what no team on Lomega’s 2020-21 schedule could do. Stay in the game with them.
Kye Stone, who has been Kiowa’s leading scorer all season, weaved her way through the Lomega defense and scored 24 points. If she missed, Audrey Johnston was there to get the rebound and score. Johnston recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double. The duo was nearly unstoppable.
But when Lomega needed to pull away, it was able to take advantage of Kiowa’s late mistakes and rally in the fourth quarter. Lewallen praised his team for overcoming a situation it hadn’t been in all season and said it had to pull the spark from the close games it played last year.
“This was the same group that played last year,” Lewallen said. “We had all five starters back and I thought they handled it real well for not being there this year. They just came out and played hard.”
Throughout Lomega’s perfect season, it averaged 85.0 points per game, which is the highest average by an Oklahoma girls team in the past eight seasons, according to iwasatthegame.com.
As one of the highest-scoring teams in the state, it's a group Lewallen will never forget.
“I’ve had a lot of really good teams in my coaching career," he said. "And I don’t compare them a lot but that group right there can score better than any group I’ve ever coached."