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Class A girls: Frontier beats Okarche for state title

by Ryan Aber Published: March 3, 2012

In January, Frontier looked far from being a championship-quality team.

“Our chemistry was bad, our energy was bad and our shooting was bad,” Lady Mustang coach Clay Stephens said.

Then, shots started to drop and everything else started falling into place.

Saturday, Frontier capped its season with a 53-45 win over Okarche to take the Class A title at State Fair Arena.

“It's unbelievable,” Frontier's Jalissa Gum said. “We've worked for this the last three years now, staying in the gym late and coming in on weekends.

“We wanted this more than anything.”

It was Frontier's third title and first since 2005, when Jenna Plumley starred for Stephens' team.

The Lady Mustangs also won the 2003 title.

“This one was a struggle at times,” Stephens said in comparing the championships. “We were kind of doubting ourselves in January, but then we had six or seven games there at the end where we hit eight or nine 3-pointers a game and really started turning things around.”

Much like their season, things didn't go well for Frontier early in Saturday's game.

Okarche's press gave Frontier some problems early, and the Lady Warriors were hitting shots as they built a lead of as many as six points.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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