TULSA — With 4:58 left in the fourth quarter of the Class 6A girls state championship game, the Mabee Center fell completely quiet, except for the pain-filled screams of Norman's Kamra King.
King is the Tigers' leading scorer, their floor leader, their everything.
And though Midwest City was well in control of the game by the 4:58 mark of the fourth quarter when King crumbled to the floor clutching her right knee, her loss to possible torn knee ligaments was devastating.
"She's the heart of our team," coach Matilda Mossman said. "But to our kids' credit, I thought they continued to fight on her behalf. We were already down anyway, and without her, we lose her presence. But I'm proud of the way our kids fought after she went down.
"It would've been easy to give up at that point and say, 'Well, we've lost our leader and we have no chance.' But I thought the girls decided we would give ourselves a chance."
All season, Midwest City represented the mountain Norman needed to climb, but it was turned away in each of its four tries.
"We played them four times and we didn't even make a dent," Mossman said.
But with only one senior in Saturday's starting lineup, the future shows promise. Of course, King is a big part of that, too.
"We have a huge junior class and that class has been really important to us," Mossman said. "Kamra is our leading scorer, Jeannie (Ramon) is our third-leading scorer and our leading rebounder. Olivia Meek and Kim Hayes are juniors, and Jordan Franks is only a sophomore.
"So, yeah, the future still looks good."High school basketball tournament coverage sponsored by United Supermarkets.