Judah Owen’s shot was the shot that broke the trend.

Savanna or Kiowa had won the Pitt 8 Conference Tournament every year since 2007. No other team had won it since Crowder did so in 2006, and the sophomore for the Class A-No. 14 Demonettes (20-2) delivered the championship-winning 3-pointer on Saturday.

However, the Cowgirls (15-7) were still alive after Owen’s shot, with 19 seconds to work with after a timeout. Crowder head coach Ashley Rush told her team not to foul or allow a 3-pointer.

That almost was the case.

Sophomore Brasen Hackler, who scored 14 points, took a shot from behind the line. It was short. Fellow sophomore Kye Stone, who finished with 11, tried for the putback, but it didn’t go. Sophomore Kaya Burks of the Demonettes held onto it in the final seconds to preserve a 46-44 win, sending the whole Crowder team into a frenzy.

The Demonettes had won their 14th game in a row and eighth girls conference tournament championship in history. The last one before Saturday came when Rush was a freshman in high school.

"We did talk about that a little bit before. I gave them a hard time," Rush said. "...We did take that a little personal. We wanted to be the ones to do it, but at the same time, that's a great team that we just we played, and so that's a quality win."

Crowder led nearly the entire game, including, 42-35, after three quarters when freshman Maggie Sockey, who scored a game-high 15, had a turn and spin to the basket just before time expired in the third.

However, Kiowa went on a 9-1 run afterward. Sophomore Audrey Johnston had a couple of buckets at the rim to reduce it to a 42-39 game. Johnston scored 10 off the bench.

The only point Crowder had in the run was when Sockey sank one of two free throws with 4:58 to go.

The Cowgirls went ahead for the first and only time on the evening when junior Micah Medders had a short range bucket to give Kiowa a 44-43 lead within the final minute of the game.

However, Owen, who scored 10, and the Demonettes would not be denied.

"We trusted our teammates; we made the extra pass and she had the guts to step up and knock it down without hesitating," Rush said.

The Cowgirls came up just short for the second year in a row. They lost, 44-43, to Savanna in 2018.

Head coach James Pannell told the Cowgirls they just have to get ready for the next couple of weeks, calling the next two weeks the hardest of the year.

"I just told them, 'Keep your heads up and stay focused,'" Pannell said.

Crowder held a 28-22 lead at halftime, but made sure to separate itself in the first quarter. The Demonettes started off with a couple of quick buckets, while junior Paige Grimes got the Cowgirls on the board with an and-one at the 6:20 mark of the first quarter. Grimes sank her free throw, and it was a 4-3 game.

The Demonettes took off after that, going on an 11-0 run thanks to some buckets at the rim from Owen and Maggie Sockey. However, freshman Stevie Stinchcomb scored the final three buckets of the run. Stinchcomb had 11 first half points, and the Cowgirls took a timeout at the 1:58 mark in the first quarter.

"Credit to the girls, they were resilient," Pannell said. "We got off to a bad start. They weren't really ready to play. They were so ready to play that they were overcautious with how they were playing, wanting to be great, and that put them in a hole."

Johnston's bucket inside ended the 11-0 run, and a 3-pointer by Stone brought the game to its 15-8 score after one.

Stinchcomb made both free throws at the 7:46 mark of the second quarter, followed by a Sockey bucket, though the Cowgirls scored five points to narrow the deficit to six. The Demonettes responded, first with a 3-pointer from freshman Madi White, and then a pair of left corner treys from Owen and Stinchcomb. That made it 28-18, and the Cowgirls scored four points for a 28-22 halftime score.

Sophomore Hali Bailey opened the second half with a 3-pointer for Crowder, but Hackler got the equalizer. Crowder would once again lead by 10 this quarter, 37-27, but Hackler drove for a bucket to once again reduce it to single digits.

The Cowgirls reduced the deficit to five on a bucket by Johnston before Sockey finished off the third on a high note for Crowder, with the fourth quarter going down to the wire after that.

Stinchcomb was shaken up with 56.4 seconds left to play in the game. She was stuffed at the rim, and down for a bit. However, she held tight and played through what she said was pain in her knee and upper body.

"My team needed me, so I had to toughen it up and stick through it," Stinchcomb said.

Her 11 points in the first half were all the points she scored, and she was named the MVP of the tournament.

"(Winning the MVP) feels really great," she said. "I'm just so proud of my team. I wouldn't be here without them."

The Cowgirls will look to bounce back on Tuesday, as they are scheduled to host Caddo.

Crowder, meanwhile, is scheduled to travel to Dewar on Tuesday.

"This team is just getting more battle ready for when the playoff rolls around because that was a phenomenal team we just played," Rush said.

All Tournament

Ashley Brown, Stuart, Senior

Jacy Meredith, Kiowa, Junior

Kye Stone, Kiowa, Sophomore

Brasen Hackler, Kiowa, Sophomore

Maggie Sockey, Crowder, Freshman

MVP: Stevie Stinchcomb, Crowder, Freshman

Canadian 50, Savanna 43, Consolation Final

The Lady Cougars (5-13) were led by junior Brilee Neill, who had 20, and freshman Sierra Anzlovar scored 13.

Sophomore Blayre Buckner scored 17, while senior Jessica Tate had 13 for the Lady Bulldogs (4-11).

Stuart 39, Pittsburg 34, Third Place

Brown scored 21 for the Lady Hornets (17-5), while freshman Trinity Wiseman had a team-high 12 points for the Lady Panthers (10-12).

Jan. 21

Crowder 68, Haileyville 27

Stuart 51, Indianola 20

Jan. 22

Kiowa 56, Canadian 28

Pittsburg 46, Savanna 43, Double OT

Jan. 24

Crowder 37, Pittsburg 20

Kiowa 47, Stuart 43

Jan. 25

Savanna 56, Haileyville 31 Consolation

Canadian 46, Indianola 22, Consolation

Jan. 26

Canadian 50, Savanna 43, Consolation Final

Stuart 39, Pittsburg 34, Third Place

Crowder 46, Kiowa 44, Championship

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