WAYNESFIELD — Allen East outscored local rival Ada 18-7 in the final quarter to capture the inaugural Border Battle tournament girls basketball crown Saturday evening at Waynesfield.

The purple and gold fell to 2-7 overall with the tough title game defeat, while the Lady Mustangs improved to 4-4 and won the championship.

"We played well but they got hot against our zone finally in the fourth quarter," said Lady Bulldog head coach Bill Taflinger.

Ada led 10-6 after one quarter and scored only two points in a low-scoring second period, yet still managed to lead 12-11 at intermission.

The Bulldogs extended the margin to 25-21 after three periods of the defensive battle. But Mustang Katie Newland heated up and scored all nine of her points in the fourth quarter to lead the finishing rally by AE.

Senior guard Teara Coulson led Ada with 11 points while classmate Anney Archer contributed nine markers. Senior Maddie Gossard led the purple and gold with eight rebounds.

Mustang junior Lauren Criblez scored eight points, while junior Lakin Basham and classmate Ally Richardson added seven markers apiece.

The defensive battle was much closer than their first meeting at AE Dec. 14, won by the Mustangs over the Bulldogs by a 63-35 count. The 2-3 Ada zone stymied AE for most of the game before the Mustang shooters found the range in the final period.

    1    2    3    4    F
Ada    10    2    13    7    32        
AE    6    5    10    18    39

Ada (0-4 home) returns home Thursday, January 4 for a non-league battle against LCC.