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Girls basketball Super 5: Lakota Beatty, Anadarko finally get by Vinita

After falling to Vinita for four straight years, Lakota Beatty and the Warriors toppled them this year and went on to win a state title.
BY JASON KERSEY Published: April 1, 2012

— The streak started when Lakota Beatty was a seventh grader.

Anadarko was beaten out of the girls basketball playoffs by Vinita four straight years. But Beatty and the Warriors finally toppled Vinita in the Class 4A semifinals this year, and went on to win the state title a day later.

“It felt like that was a very important milestone in my life,” Beatty said of beating Vinita. “I felt like that was the championship game.”

Beatty averaged 18.6 points and 5 rebounds per game as a junior and has established herself as one of the top state college prospects for the class of 2013. She already has offers from Oral Roberts and Tulsa, and Arkansas, Fresno State and Oklahoma State are showing strong interest.

Beatty will visit Stillwater on Monday, but she said she'd really like to play out of state.

The championship was particularly meaningful for Beatty because she was able to share it with her sister. Freshman Ashley Beatty played a key role on the team, and Lakota said hoops has brought them closer.

“I feel really comfortable when she's on the court with me,” Lakota Beatty said. “I love playing with her.”

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