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All-State girls basketball: Cameerah Graves developed into one of the state's top defenders

Graves averaged 3.3 steals and 5.2 assists per game last season while leading Edmond Santa Fe to the Class 6A state semifinals.
by Jacob Unruh Published: July 31, 2013
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/articleid/3867868/1/pictures/2173051">Photo - Booker T. Washington's No.23 Kaylan Mayberry on the east team tries to get around Edmond Santa Fe's No.10 Cameerah Graves on the west during the large All State Basketball game at the ORU Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., taken on July 31,2013. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
Booker T. Washington's No.23 Kaylan Mayberry on the east team tries to get around Edmond Santa Fe's No.10 Cameerah Graves on the west during the large All State Basketball game at the ORU Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., taken on July 31,2013. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World

Bass, though, has been fortunate. Graves is the most recent of a long lineage of star point guards to come out of Santa Fe.

Bass started with Christina Yarbrough, who went on to play at Central Oklahoma. Jimi Blagowsky, who plays at Air Force, followed with a stellar career.

Then Graves came along.

“It just seemed to be when that last one would graduate, here come that next one,” Bass said. “I noticed her skill set (early on). She was probably one of the quickest first-step girls I've seen in awhile.”

Now, Santa Fe waits for another point guard to emerge. It's likely the Wolves will find one, just like when Graves burst onto the scene her freshman year.

“When you look around the entire city, you don't see a coach keep getting blessed with players and players,” Graves said. “The point guard is position is one of the most important positions. He's a really lucky guy.”

But replacing Graves' defense will be the biggest challenge.

And perhaps the most important.

“Really, I've got to find a point guard that can defend like her,” Bass said. “One of our strong points is we defend very well and she was probably the best defender we had.”

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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