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Class B girls: Ashley LaGasse leads No. 2 Lomega past No. 1 Hammon

Ashley LaGasse scored 28 points and had two crucial steals in the fourth quarter as No. 2 Lomega defeated No. 1 Hammon 60-52 in the Class B girls semifinal Friday night at State Fair Arena.
by Ed Godfrey Published: March 1, 2013
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/articleid/3760395/1/pictures/1967022">Photo - Hammon's Peyton Walker (23) looks to pass the ball away from Lomega's Kylie Turner (10) during a Class B Girls semifinal game of the state high school basketball tournament between Hammon and Lomega at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, on State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 1, 2013. Lomega won, 60-52. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Hammon's Peyton Walker (23) looks to pass the ball away from Lomega's Kylie Turner (10) during a Class B Girls semifinal game of the state high school basketball tournament between Hammon and Lomega at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, on State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 1, 2013. Lomega won, 60-52. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

That's when LaGasse took over. Her two free throws increased the lead to four, then she stole the ball and dished it to teammate Taylor Mendell for a three-point play and a 52-45 lead.

LaGasse stole the ball again on Hammond's next possession and converted two free throws on the other end of the floor, increasing the Lady Warriors lead to 54-45 and essentially icing the game.

LaGasse scored nine of her game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, seven in the final 2:39. She also had five rebounds and two steals in the game.

“We started slow but just we finally started making a few shots,” LaGasse said. “Everything loosened up and we just relaxed and started playing.”

Lomega (27-6) now will get an opportunity to defend its state title against Erick in a noon championship game at State Fair Arena.

“We worked hard all season,” LaGasse said. “We lost a few games we shouldn't, but we wanted to come back (to the state title game).”

Seniors Kori Barrios and Peyton Walker scored 19 and 13 points for Hammon (26-5), which lost in the state championship game the past two seasons. Barrios also had 12 rebounds.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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