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Lady Longhorns make history

Jones High School to make first trip to state tournament

By Ryan Horton
Managing Editor

Jones High School claimed the Area Championship with a 51-39 win over No. 14 Kingston Friday, and with the win the Jones girls have made history.
The Lady Longhorns are headed to the state tournament for the first time ever.

The Lady Longhorns celebrate securing the Area Championship, which setup Jones to make its first ever Girls State Basketball Tournament.

“Since day one my goal here has been the same. We want to take a girls team to state,” said head coach Jenni Holbrook, who took the helm of the Jones program four years ago.
Friday, with a talented roster of Lady Longhorns and growing support form the community, that goal was accomplished.
The Jones girls’ basketball team will be the first female sports program to enter a state tournament when they take the court Thursday.
“We’ve never had a girls’ team go to state. We have three girls’ banners, all cheerleading, hanging in the gym,” explained Holbrook.

Bailey Ely competes at regionals. (Photo by Ryan Horton)

Holbrook took the helm at Jones in 2016 after a 19-year career with the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District where she regularly helped the Lady Yellowjackets navigate the playoffs.
Making the state tourney proved a challenging task as roster depth and community support has been on the rise. Jones was one game shy last season.
Now the Lady Longhorns can focus on a bigger prize as they eye a Class 3A State Championship.

Tirzah Moore fights for the ball. (Photo by Ryan Horton)

No.2 Jones (26-1) opens the state tourney vs. No. 9 Eufaula (25-4) at the state fairgrounds Thursday at 2 p.m.
A win would advance JHS to face the winner of No. 3 Milwood (22-4) and No. 7 Christian Heritage (21-8) Friday night in a semifinal contest.
The Class 3A final is Saturday at 5:45 in the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Arena.

Alex Farmer looks to pass in a regional game.
(Photo by Ryan Horton)

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