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Class 4A girls state tournament: Piedmont earns state trip in Amanda Tims' first year

Wildcats fought through a tough schedule to make the state tournament for the first time since 2002.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 4, 2012
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Piedmont played a tough schedule in coach Amanda Tims' first season at the helm.

Five of the Wildcats' seven losses this season came to state tournament teams — Carl Albert (5A), Shawnee (5A), Anadarko (4A), Millwood (3A) and Okarche (A).

The other two teams that beat Piedmont — Harrah and Deer Creek — weren't far from state berths.

But the Wildcats (21-7) fought through the tough slate to earn their first trip to the girls' state tournament since 2002, and only their second in the last 30 years.

It doesn't get any easier for Piedmont, though. Tims' team opens with No. 1 Fort Gibson, the defending champion, at 3:30 Thursday.

“It's anybody's game,” Tims said. “It's the state tournament; you're at 0-0 on your record.”

Fort Gibson (26-1) starts five guards and is led in scoring by senior Jodi Glover, who averages 12 points per game. This is Fort Gibson's eighth straight trip to the state tournament.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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