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Class 5A girls basketball: Banked-in 3-pointer from Gioya Carter lifts Carl Albert to semifinals

CARL ALBERT 33, BISHOP McGUINNESS 30 — Carl Albert knocked defending champion Bishop McGuinness out of the Class 5A playoffs and advanced to play either Shawnee or Claremore.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 8, 2012
SAPULPA — In a game full of ugly shooting, it seems fitting that an ugly 3-pointer would seal a win.

With 40 seconds left in overtime, junior Gioya Carter caught a pass from senior Aaliyah Sebock at the top of the key and launched an attempt, which banked off the glass and into the net to give No. 4 Carl Albert a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. The Titans won 33-31 over defending state champion Bishop McGuinness to advance to the Class 5A semifinals Friday at the Mabee Center in Tulsa.

“It didn’t seem like it was going in,” Carter said.

Coach Tim Price was a little more blunt about the eventual winning shot.

“It was ugly,” Price said. “You could tell as soon as she let it go that it wasn’t on target. Thankfully, that big ol’ square of glass was back there to bank it in.”

The Titans (22-5) advance to face No. 1 Shawnee, which beat Claremore later Thursday, for a berth in the state championship game.

The win was particularly gratifying for Carl Albert, which has lost heartbreakers in the first round of the last two state tournaments.

Carter, who has committed to play her college basketball at Oklahoma, led Carl Albert with 12 points. Senior Toni Cheadle added 10.

McGuinness senior Elyse Hight, who will play college soccer at Notre Dame, led the Irish with 17 points in her final basketball game.

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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