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Record: 9-13 | Rank: 18
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Girls Basketball | | Andy Morphew | The Duncan Banner
After a huge Senior Night victory for the Duncan Lady Demons on Feb. 15 over a high-ranked Noble Lady Bears, the playoff run begins Thursday evening at El Reno against Piedmont High School.
The Lady Demons had their biggest offensive night of the year last Thursday, getting a 61-point effort and come into regional play with a record of 8-15 on the season.
Lady Demons head coach Mike Fitts said his team is getting ready for Piedmont and has been focusing on keeping things simple for the first playoff game.
Baseball | | Evan Grice | The Daily Ardmoreite
While last week ended on a sour note for the Plainview Indians, this week is shaping up to end on a much brighter note. While last week ended on a sour note for the Plainview Indians, this week is shaping up to end on a much brighter note. Thursday afternoon an old rivalry was renewed as the Indians to
Girls Soccer | | Brian Johnson | The Ada News
DURANT – Andrey Hinson scored a pair of goals and assisted on the other as the Ada Cougars claimed a 3-0 victory over the Durant Lions Thursday night in boys’ high school soccer action. Hinson tallied the first goal of the contest in the opening half off a shot from 20 yards out, with Daniel Gutierrez providing the assist. The Cougars then went up 2-0 before halftime, as Esaie Beam scored off a Hinson cross.
Slow Pitch | | Jeff Cali | The Ada News
Former Roff High School All-Stater Taylor Canida is looking forward to her first-ever head-coaching gig. The Ada Board of Education officially hired Canida as the new Ada High School softball coach at a meeting earlier this week. “I’m very excited. I have great respect for (Ada athletic director Bryan Harwell). We plan to get the softball program up and running,” Canida said. “I see all the other sports right now at Ada doing well ... and we want to get Ada softball up there as well.”
Baseball | | Brian Johnson | The Ada News
BEGGS – The Ada Cougars flourished early with 11 first-inning runs while being helped by seven Morris errors in securing a 16-6 win Thursday in the first round of the Beggs Tournament. Ada managed just seven hits but received a two-run homer from Trel Moore and a 2-for-3 effort from the plate and two runs scored by Hunter Conklin. Jackson McFarlane, who was 1-for-1 with three walks, and Bo Charboneau, who went 1-for-3, each drove home a pair of runs, and Jerrett Ellis knocked in one off a
Baseball | | Jeff Cali | The Ada News
The Latta High School baseball team is off to an impressive start to the 2018 spring season. Kyle Rogers pitched a four-inning no-hitter, and Tyler Dean pounded two home runs in Latta’s 15-0 win over host Vanoss Thursday evening. The Panthers are off to a 3-0 start and have recorded three straight shutout victories. Tyler Dean pitched five shutout innings in Latta’s 9-0 win over Ash
Slow Pitch | | Corey Stolzenbach | McAlester News-Capital
McAlester welcomed Broken Bow for slow pitch on Thursday. The Lady Buffaloes (0-6) are still looking for their first win of the season, dropping a 14-6 loss to the Lady Savages. Freshman Emily Collins had two RBIs for the Lady Buffs in the game.
| Ben Johnson
TULSA — Putnam City West’s Ce’Nara Skanes game-tying shot was off the mark, and the celebration was one for Class 6A No. 3 Owasso.
Two years after losing to Midwest City in the championship game, Owasso seniors, Terryn Milton, Mya Bhinhar and LeiloniCulley, all finished their varsity careers as champions with a 53-51 victory over top-ranked PC West.
“That kind of fueled us,” Milton said, remembering the loss to the Bombers in 2016. “You could see it out on the floor; we weren’t going to lose that game.”
And it was Owasso’s three seniors that spearheaded the golden finish. Milton led the way with 17 points, Bhinhar added 11 and Culley chipped in with 10 points.
“It’s taken a long time to get this,” Owasso coach Matt Sweeney said. “Those girls, they deserve all the credit.”
Neither team enjoyed a lead of more than nine points, and the contest was tight throughout. PC West’s Mekayla Furman tied the game at 51 on a layup with 52 seconds left, but Bhinharknocked down a pair of free throws four seconds apart inside the final 10 seconds to put Owasso (26-3) in front.
Skanes and Sharonica Hartsfield both had 17 points to lead PC West (24-4).
No. 3 Owasso 53, No. 1 PC West 51
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PC West (24-4): Ce’Nara Skanes 17, Sharonica Hartsfield 17, Megan McAlpin 7, Mekayla Furman 7, Zaniya Nelson 2, TilanNolan 1.
Owasso (26-3): Terryn Milton 17, Mya Bhinhar 11, LeiloniCulley 10, Tiya Douglas 9, Sierra Williams 3, Rylie Boone 2, Avery Vancuren 1.
| Ben Johnson
TULSA — The first one never comes easy. Putnam City North now knows that.
After being ranked atop Class 6A to start the season and then finishing the regular season ranked third, PC North captured its first championship in the program’s history on Saturday night at the Mabee Center with a 65-58 victory over No. 6 Edmond Santa Fe.
“We just had to stick with it and keep pushing,” said PC North’s Chris Braggs, who raised his eyebrows and then glanced down at the gold ball with his grasp.
Braggs scored 16 points to lead the Panthers (25-5), and Micah Thomas tossed in 18 points of his own for PC North, who avenged a loss to Edmond Santa Fe in the area tournament finals.
“We knew we had to come out and play great defense,” said PC North coach Ryan Wagner, whose club allowed Edmond Santa Fe to score 83 points in the area championship game. “If you watched us play the last three days, we were in the trenches together.”
PC North had to escape with a 43-41 win over Union in the quarterfinals, and then the Panthers stormed past Norman North, 73-64, in the semifinals.
The Panthers, after shooting 10 of 27 in the first half, knocked down 10 of their final 19 shots.
Adokiye Iyaye added 12 points for PC North, and Blake Owens finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
For Edmond Santa Fe (22-7), Tauriawn Knight was the lone double-digit scorer for the Wolves with 19 points.
No. 3 Putnam City North 65, No. 6 Edmond Santa Fe 58
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Putnam City North (25-5): Micah Thomas 18, Chris Braggs 16, Adokiye Iyaye 12, Blake Owens 11, Shayon Janloo 6, J’veonPierce 2.
Edmond Santa Fe (22-7): Tauriawn Knight 19, Kamden Gipson 9, Ben Smith 9, Tyus Jeffries 9, Jaylen O’Connor 6, Donovan Vickers 6.
| Ben Johnson
TULSA — Pryor’s first championship since 2003 was right there for the taking. Yet, it was Class 5A No. 3 Booker T. Washington that exited the Mabee Center for the gold ball, beating Pryor 56-49 in overtime on Saturday.
Pryor led the Hornets 45-40 with 59 seconds left, and then Booker T. Washington freshman Victoria Nunez drained a 3-pointer to cut the Tigers’ lead to two. Then two turnovers and a missed free throw by Chloe Martin allowed the Hornets’ Rhys Anderson to knock down a jumper in the lane to tie the game at 45.
Then in overtime, it was all Booker T. Washington.
Nunez started the scoring with a 3-pointer from the right corner, and the Hornets plowed their way to their first championship since 2013.
“I can’t say enough about the fortitude that the girls showed,” Booker T. Washington coach Rabu Leyva said. “There was no magic game plan; they found a way to get it done.”
Pryor (21-8), after a slugging first half, much like the first half in the semifinals against Woodward, came to life in the third quarter. Martin and Beverlee Caraway — who had a combined seven points in the first half on 13 shot attempts — racked up 20 points between the two of them in the second half. Pryor led by as many as five on several occasions, and it appeared the Tigers would give their huge contingent in the stands something to cheer about.
But behind Anderson’s 16 points, the Hornets managed to rally.
Armani Reed and Khalan Richardson both added 11 points apiece for the Hornets.
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Booker T. Washington (25-5): Rhys Anderson 16, Armani Reed 11, Khalan Richardson 11, Victoria Nunez 6, Camryn Fennell 4, Emmary Williams 3, Sai Johnson 3, Maryah Lowe 2.
Pryor (21-8): Beverlee Caraway 15, Chloe Martin 14, Autumn Miller 5, Halee Nichols 4, Faith Lanham 4, Kenzie Silkey 3, Hollie Wood 2, M’Kayla Hillman 2.
| Ben Johnson
TULSA — James Alexandre’s stat line shows zero assists in the Class 5A state championship. That’s not exactly true
The junior guard was handing out celebratory Skittles after 5A No. 1 Memorial wrapped up second straight state championship with a 79-67 victory over fifth-ranked Booker T. Washington on Saturday.
“I usually have some before every game,” Alexandre said. “It hypes me up.”
Alexandre did log six minutes against the Hornets (20-7), but his only mark on the stat sheet was a missed field goal. After all, he left the scoring up to the tall teammates, siblings, Kalib and Keylan Boone.
Kalib Boone racked up 18 points and 11 rebounds, and he did most of his damage at the free throw line, where he finished 8 of 12. Keylan Boone logged 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Memorial senior Kori Guest added 18 points and eight rebounds.
Overall, the Chargers connected on 25 of 54 field goals and 9 of 21 from beyond the 3-point arc.
“I knew I had to step up and make some shots,” Guest said.
Memorial’s victory gave the Chargers three wins in four tries against the Hornets this season.
“We had been working all year to get here,” Guest said. “We weren’t going to hold back.”
Memorial coach Bobby Allison wanted to limit Booker T. Washington’s transition opportunities, and the Chargers did just that, giving up only eight Hornet points on the fast break.
“We just did a good job of matching up,” said Allison, who watched as Kalib Boone kept Booker T. Washington sophomore Bryce Thompson under wraps all game long and held him to four points, all in the second half.
Trey Phipps led Booker T. Washington with 24 points, and his five 3-pointers kept the Hornets alive for most of the second half. Jaycson Bereal and Demarco Jones both added 11 points for the Hornets, and Seth Hurd entered in 13 points and nine rebounds.
No. 1 Memorial 79, No. 5 Booker T. Washington 67
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Booker T. Washington (20-7): Trey Phipps, Seth Hurd 13, Jaycson Bereal 11, Demarco Jones 11, Bryce Thompson 4, Elisha Brantley 4.
Memorial (27-2): Kalib Boone 18, Kori Guest 18, Keylan Boone 17, Shemar Walker 13, Craig Webb 7, Kavon Key 6.
Girls Basketball | | Jacob Unruh | NewsOK
Malcolm Roberts’ tenure at Classen SAS is over. Classen SAS’ girls basketball coach will not return next season. He said he resigned for personal reasons. “I’m finishing up my schooling and that’s really it,” Roberts told The Oklahoman. “It’s nothing bad.”
Girls Basketball | | Jacob Unruh | NewsOK
Putnam West star Ce’Nara Skanes led the Patriots to a Class 6A state runner-up finish and now she’s the top player in the Big 10 Conference. Skanes was named the All-Conference Player of the Year this week by coaches. She is a Florida International signee.
Football | | Evan Grice | The Daily Ardmoreite
There’s a new coach at the helm of the Davis Wolves football program. There’s a new coach at the helm of the Davis Wolves football program. But the Davis faithful need not worry, as the new skipper is someone who is all too familiar with the tradition of the red and white. Longtime coach Greg Parker will be stepping into the head coaching role next season for the Wolves, as he replaces Jody Weber, who retired from the position following this past year.
| Ben Johnson
OKLAHOMA CITY — Win championships — that’s what the Glover family does. On Saturday at State Fair
Arena, Kayci Glover joined the long lineage of title winners in her family when Class 4A No. 1 Fort Gibson hauled in its fourth championship in eight years with a 55-41 rout of second-ranked Harrah.
Glover’s sisters, Jodi and Allie, had previously won titles for the Tigers, and her mom, Liz, became a star in the state by winning championships and scoring points at Roff.
Now Kayci is part of the club.
“I had one last chance to do it,” Glover said after scoring 15 points for Fort Gibson. “So now it feels good.”
Leading the way for Fort Gibson (27-3) was Zoe’ Shieldnight with 17 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. It was also the Tigers’ first championship under first-year coach Chuck London, who took over for Jerry Walker.
“Coach London stepped up to the plate, and we knew he could do it,” Glover said. “I love him, and he did a great job with us.”
Erika Ankney had 15 points for Harrah (25-4), and Ali Brzozowki added 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Panthers trailed 32-30, but a 23-11 burst from Fort Gibson in the fourth quarter put the game away.
“For us, it’s toughness, believing in each other and fighting to the very end,” London said of pulling away late. “That’s’ what we’ve done all year.”
No. 1 Fort Gibson 55, No. 2 Harrah 41
Harrah (25-4): Erika Ankney 15, Ali Brzozowski 11, Kiara Lovings 9, Piper King 3, Kambri Ingraham 2, Katie King 1.
Fort Gibson (27-3): Zoe Shieldnight 17, Kayci Glover 15, Zoey Whitely 6, Danielle Johnson 6, Laney Swink 6, Reese Webb 4, Alexis Wright 1.
| Ben Johnson
OKLAHOMA CITY — Heritage Hall had not forgotten. Ever since Kingfisher dispatched of the Chargers in last year’s area tournament, Heritage Hall had wanted to repay the favor.
It just so happened that Class 4A No. 4 Heritage Hall got its revenge in the state championship game, knocking off top-ranked Kingfisher 61-56 at State Fair Arena.
“We got what we wanted,” Heritage Hall’s Jon Matthews said. “We wanted to play Kingfisher in the finals … they put us out last season, so that made us hungry to start this season. We didn’t forget about last year, and we just kept that in our mind the whole way through.”
The addition of freshman Trey Alexander may have helped, too. His 27 points, 24 in the second half, sparked the Chargers, who took control with a 24-15 third quarter.
“Our kids never quit,” said Heritage Hall coach Chris Hamilton, whose club won its second championship in four seasons.
It was Heritage Hall senior Blake Horrell who drained the decisive 3-pointer with 20 seconds left. It was his only made 3-pointer of the night on six attempts.
“I knew it was going in,” Horrell said. “I stayed true to my mechanics and stayed mentally sound. Had confidence in myself when I shot that last shot.”
Matthews added 11 points and five assists for the Chargers (23-5), who made 60 percent (15 of 25) of their field goals in the second half.
Kingfisher (28-1) was denied a second straight championship, despite 22 points from Trey Green. Jett
Sternberger added 15 points and six rebounds, and Bijan Cortes chipped in nine points and six rebounds.
“Having a team who’s dominate and thinks they can beat you,” Horrell said, “and then you beat them, it’s exciting. It’s hard to put words into it.”
No. 4 Heritage Hall 61, No. 1 Kingfisher
Heritage Hall (23-5): Trey Alexander 27, Jon Matthews 11, Blake Horrell 7, Michael McLaughlin 6, Phillip Smitherman 6, William McDonald 4.
Kingfisher (28-1): Trey Green 22, Jett Sternberger 15, Bijan Cortes 9, Matthew Stone 7, Reece Lafferty 3.
Girls Basketball | | Corey Stolzenbach | McAlester News-Capital
The five Hartshorne girls who helped the Lady Miners start 26-0 before reaching the state quarterfinals have been named Black Diamond All-Conference. Seniors Alexis Lyons and Alex Miller, junior Jaycee Kitchell, sophomore Holli Lindley and freshman Ashton Hackler led the Lady Miners to three tournament championships, a bye in district, a regional championship, an area championship and to the first round of the state tournament. All five also earned Black Diamond All-Conference honors.
Boys Basketball | | Corey Stolzenbach | McAlester News-Capital
Eleven of the 15 players named Black Diamond All-Conference this season are local players. Seniors Kariim Byrd and Dylan Blair, as well as sophomores Austin Fenton and Kobe Billy made the list for Talihina. Representing Hartshorne were seniors Blake Lindley, Andres Lujano, along with juniors Easten James and Ethan Edwards.
Girls Basketball | | Jacob Unruh | NewsOK
Shawnee’s girls basketball team took the top honors in the annual Suburban Conference Awards. Longtime coach Wendi Wells was named Coach of the Year, while Kasey Rice was named Player of the Year. El Reno’s Jaylin Reveles was named Newcomer of the Year and Carl Albert’s Kamiyah Lyons was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Boys Soccer | | Tim Godfrey | Enid News & Eagle
The Plainsmen and Pacers soccer teams resume play tonight at D. Bruce Selby Stadium with the Pacers scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, followed by the Plainsmen at 8. The games originally were scheduled at Bishop McGuinness, however, due to poor field conditions, were changed to Enid, giving the soccer clubs some impromptu home-field advantage.
Baseball | | Mike Tupa | Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
Bartlesville High School’s bats made a remarkable turnaround — in just one day — during Tuesday’s varsity baseball showdown at Sapulpa High School. But, the Bruins (0-2) still came up one agonizing run shy in a 12-11 loss to the Sapulpa Chieftains. On Monday at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium, Bartlesville had spanked just one hit in a 10-0 run-rule loss to Sapulpa.
Girls Basketball | | Jacob Unruh | NewsOK
After 23 years of coaching, Andrea Guziec is ready for a break. Westmoore’s longtime girls basketball coach resigned Monday, bringing to end an 11-year tenure that helped revitalize the program. “Just taking a breath,” Guziec said.
| Bruce Campbell | Enid News & Eagle
John Turney, who died last week at age 88, will have the legacy of being in the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and having won a state championship with his son and fellow OBCA Hall of Famer Randy at Wakita in 1971. Girls basketball coaches Tasha Diesselhorst and Tana Gragg, Randy Turney’s daughters, will tell you he was a Hall of Fame grandfather most of all.
| Ben Johnson
OKLAHOMA CITY — Larry Callison went to bed Friday night terrified. The sleep that he did get was filled with horrifying visions of Kingston in Saturday night’s Class 3A championship game.
“They scared me to death when I saw them play the way they played (on Friday),” Tahlequah Sequoyah’s coach said of Kingston’s semifinal victory over Adair to reach the title game. “I thought if they came back with good legs, we were going to have problems.”
Tahlequah Sequoyah had more than its fair share of issue with No. 11 Kingston, but a furious fourth-quarter rally propelled the second-ranked Indians to a 53-51 victory, allowing the Indians to claim their second straight state championship.
Alexys Keys scored 18 points to lead Tahlequah Sequoyah, which entered the fourth quarter down 38-33.
“I knew we had it in us,” said Keys, who shot 6 of 17 from the field with five rebounds. “We just had to dig deep.”
Jonia Walker added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Indians, who overcame a 18 of 49 shooting exhibition and 17 turnovers.
Eventually, Kingston (22-7), led by Kes Reeves’ 18 points, wore down. The Redskins connected on 11 of 36 shots from the floor in the second half as their lead slipped away throughout the entire fourth quarter.
“Their legs kind of went late in the ball game,” Callison said. “And we just had to fight so hard to come back.”
Tahlequah Sequoyah capped the season at 27-3 and secured its third championship in four seasons.
“This one is very special,” Callison said, “I can tell you that.”
No. 2 Tahlequah Sequoyah 53, No. 11 Kingston 51
Tahlequah Sequoyah (27-3): Alexys Keys 18, Jonia Walker 13, Aubrey Brown 8, Jaide Long 4, Icelei Duke 4, Calesa Murdock 4, Lana Gass 2.
Kingston (22-7): Kes Reeves 18, Brit Henderson 15, Avri Weeks 10, Danna Wagnon 8.
| Ben Johnson
OKLAHOMA CITY — Latarryus Smith got hot, and he quickly remembered instructions from Star Spencer coach Lance Cudjoe.
“My coach always tells me, ‘if they don’t have a hand in your face, shoot the ball,’” Smith said. “So I kept shooting the ball.”
Just what Class 3A No. 3 Star Spencer needed.
The senior guard scored 10 points in overtime while leading the Bobcats to a 64-55 triumph over top-ranked Kingston on Saturday at State Fair Arena. The victory for Star Spencer landed the Bobcats their ninth state championship, a year after losing to Douglass in the finals.
“It feels really good,” said Smith, who connected on 7 of 12 field goals, 5 of 8 3-point attempts and 9 of 11 foul shots. “It feels a lot better than last year.”
Smith’s heroics in extra time almost weren’t necessary, but Jordan Owen’s jumper at the end of regulation was off, setting the stage for Smith to become Kingston’s worst nightmare.
“The most dynamic guard in 4A and below — maybe in the state of Oklahoma,” Cudjoe said. “I had to teach him about sharing the ball, but he can get a shot anytime he wants.”
Smith finished with 28 points and hauled in five rebounds.
For Kingston (26-3), Jacob Germany had a team-high 20 points in the Redskins’ quest to win the school’s first basketball title. Germany finished 8 of 9 from the field, but he knocked down only 4 of his 11 free throw attempts.
RJ Weeks was Kingston’s only other player to score in double figures with 13 points.
The championship for Star Spencer, who also had 12 points from Brandon Zeno, claimed its first crown since 2009 when it took down Bishop McGuinness for the 4A title.
“Last year, we felt like we should have won it,” Cudjoe said. “This year with God’s grace, we did.”
No. 3 Star Spencer 64, No. 1 Kingston 55
Star Spencer (22-7): Latarryus Smith 28, Brandon Zeno 12, Jayden Winder 7, Denis Mitchell 4, Malik Gilliam 4, Jordan Owens 3, Brian Swain 2, Corey Robinson 2, Deandre Parker 2.
Kingston (26-3): Jacob Germany 20, RJ Weeks 13, Jacob Whipkey 9, Conner Brister 8, Stoney Lowe 5.
| Ben Johnson
OKLAHOMA CITY — Christian Heritage decided it had to tighten the screws on defense in the second half. It did, and sure enough, the results were golden — again.
The Class 2A No. 1 Crusaders allowed only six Cashion field goals in the second half, and Christian Heritage was able to pull away in the fourth quarter to cap a perfect season, one that culminated with a second straight gold ball.
“We needed to lock up our defense better,” said Christian Heritage’s Rylee Langerman, whose team finished a 30-0 season with a 57-46 victory over Cashion at State Fair Arena on Saturday. “We were kind of going through the motions, so we really worked on our unit on defense.”
Christian Heritage’s Lexie Davis led all scorers with 20 points on 5 of 12 shooting. She did most of her damage by converting on 10 of her 13 free throw attempts.
The Crusaders, who took down Dale last year in the finals for their first championship in program history, trailed second-ranked Cashion 28-21 at halftime before going 8 of 15 from the floor in the second half.
“Felt a little systematic in the first half,” Christian Heritage coach Lisa Littlejim said. “It was a little abnormal for us, so really just wanted to free them up and get (the team) back to a basic man-to-man defense.”
Myka Parrish added 13 points for the Crusaders, and Olivia Curtis (11) and Langerman (10) both scored in double figures, too.
For Cashion (28-3), Sydney Manning labored her way to 13 points and seven rebounds. She finished 4 of 13 from the field and 3 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Presley Payahsape chipped in with 11 points for the Wildcats, and Talli Robinson poured in 10 points of her own.
As for a vow to win a third straight title in 2019, Langermanreeled in the expectations — for now.
“We’re going to enjoy this one,” she said. “Then we’ll see what next season holds.”
No. 1 Christian Heritage 57, No. 2 Cashion 46
Cashion (28-3): Sydney Manning 13, Presley Payahsape 11, Talli Robinson 10, Karlie Owens 8, Lexy Maroney 2, Haley Pickle 2.
Chr. Heritage (30-0): Lexie Davis 20, Myka Parrish 13, Olivia Curtis 11, Rylee Langerman 10, Mary Kathryn Nuthman 3
| Ben Johnson
OKLAHOMA CITY — Right or wrong, perhaps Wright City was best known for intervening and delaying the 2013 state baseball tournament in the state courts system.
Now the Class 2A No.1 Lumberjax can be known for being state champions following a 62-49 win over second-ranked Latta at State Fair Arena on Saturday night. Now Wright City has a golden achievement to add to the trophy case in far southeast Oklahoma — the first of its kind at the school.
“It’s a privilege to bring it home,” Wright City coach Joel Dickerson said. “I know our fans standing (in the arena), my former players — it means a lot to our community.
“…This group was just fortunate to get it done.”
That they did.
CJ Briley made all seven of his field goal attempts, including three from beyond the 3-point arc, to lead Wright City with 18 points. His brother, Robert Briley, added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with five assists.
“It feels great,” Robert Briley said of the school’s first state championship. “Our hard work paid off, and I’m grateful for it.”
In taking down the reigning state champions, Wright City out-rebounded Latta, 27-14, and the Lumberjax also shot 53.8 percent (21 of 39) from the field.
“My guys, they’re really, really good shooters,” Robert Briley said. “All we do is practice shooting 3s all the time.”
Adam Jordan scored 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting in 31 minutes on the court. Trent Smith mixed in 19 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers (26-6).
The score was tied at 13 at the end of the first period, but a 17-10 second quarter put Wright City in front for good. And the end result was just what Dickerson preached about all season long.
“We talked about this all year,” he said. “It’s not about making a state tournament, it’s not about winning one or two games, it’s about winning this gold ball. These guys believed in that, and we got it done.”
No. 1 Wright City 62, No. 2 Latta 49
Latta (26-6): Adam Jordan 20, Trent Smith 19, Elijah Factor 8, Hyatt Hoppe 2.
Wright City (30-2): CJ Briley 18, Dalyn Burrell 15, Robert Briley 14, Justin Lecrone 9, Chris Trusty 6.
| Ben Johnson
OOLOGAH — Chase Kime is set to become Oologah’s next head football coach, according to multiple sources this weekend. The decision could be finalized as soon as Monday with Oologah’s school board set to meet at 6 p.m.
Under “action items to consider,” Item III.D.2 is listed as “to discuss the employment of athletic director and/or football coach and/or fifth grade teacher…”
Also on the school board agenda is to accept the resignation of Brandon Craig, effective April 24. Craig served as Oologah’s head football coach for the past nine seasons, compiling a 77-34 record and three runner-up finishes in Class 4A from 2014 to 2016.
Craig revealed in early February that he was leaving Oologah to become head coach at Siloam Springs High School in Arkansas.
Kime, an Oologah alum, served as defensive coordinator under Craig. In recent years he has had recent graduates, Jimmy McKinney and Brock Martin, sign with Kansas State and Oklahoma State, respectively.