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January 24, 2014

Pitt 8 Tournament, Day 4

Hornets, Lady Panthers, Warriors in finals

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McALESTER —

Wilson then came away with a steal on Crowder’s next possession, going coast-to-coast for a layup that made it 30-17 Hornets.

Crowder and Stuart continued to trade baskets throughout the second quarter, but Wilson found Zach Murdaugh for a layup late. After Crowder couldn’t score on its next possession, Brewer knocked down his and-1 3-pointer to make it 38-21 at halftime.

Stuart never went on one long scoring run in the second half. But the Hornets answered every Crowder basket with a couple in a row, pushing their lead further and further away.

Wilson’s pass to Dillon Lawrence netted the Hornets one last layup before the end of the third, giving Stuart a 60-39 lead.

Wilson scored 23 points for the Hornets, and Lawrence and Derek Beck each scored 12.

“We’ve shot the 3 really well in a couple of games recently,” Farriell said. “We got to where we rely on it too much. The percentages don’t go to your favor when you’re shooting 3s that much. We have to understand that, or we’re going to get beat Saturday night.”

Erik Crenshaw led Crowder with 12 points, and Weeks scored 10. Crenshaw opened the game with a 3-pointer, and his steal turned into a jump shot from Weeks and a 6-0 Demons lead early in the first.

Stuart quickly battled back, with Sam Mitchell eventually tying the game 8-8 with a 3-pointer. Mike White’s free throw gave Crowder the lead again, but Wilson knocked down a 3-pointer to put Stuart back up 11-9, and the Hornets led the rest of the game.

“The game plan was to get offensive rebounds, keep them off boards, keep attacking the basket,” Crowder coach Will Holiman Jr. said. “We quit doing that. We didn’t stick to the gameplan.”

Crowder will play Kiowa in the third-place game Friday at 8:30 p.m.

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