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Girls basketball roundup: Gioya Carter's 26 points leads Carl Albert past Putnam City

Carl Albert will play Millwood at 7 p.m. Saturday for the Titan Classic championship. Millwood defeated Del City 67-57 in the other semifinal.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: January 25, 2013
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Carl Albert's Gioya Carter wasn't 100 percent Friday night for the semifinals of the Titan Classic against Putnam City.

But Carter felt like she had something to prove against a team that had beaten the Titans earlier in the season.

The Oklahoma signee proved herself yet again against the Class 6A No. 10 Pirates, scoring 26 as Carl Albert won 49-32.

“I'm getting over a cold and kind of tired,” Carter said. “I was trying to preserve my energy a bit out there.”

Carter did that early by hitting from the outside, draining a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter.

She wasn't surprised to see the Pirates give her space to shoot.

“I didn't play very good at all the first time we played them,” Carter said.

Jordan Gilbert added 11 as Carl Albert advanced to play Millwood at 7 p.m. Saturday for the championship.

Millwood beat Del City 67-57 to advance.

SHAWNEE'S WELLS WINS 100TH GAME

Shawnee coach Wendi Wells smiled and waved to the cheering crowd after it was announced that Friday's 28-20 win over McAlester in the semifinals of the Shawnee Shootout was the 100th of Wells' career.

But aside from the milestone, the ugly victory wasn't exactly pleasing to the coach of the defending Class 5A champion.

“Win No. 100 is really exciting,” Wells said. “It comes down to these kids who go out and battle and do everything we ask them to.

“We just didn't come into this game mentally prepared. Hopefully this is kind of a wake-up call to them that we need to be ready, mentally prepared for every game.”

Shawnee's defense was strong from the start, holding McAlester nearly 12 minutes before the Buffs got on the board. By that point, Shawnee had already put 15 points on the board.

Junior guard McKenzie Cooper hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half as the Wolves built their initial lead and she finished with a game-high 17 points.

PIEDMONT'S PARKER TOPS 1,000

Piedmont's Sarah Parker scored 20 in Piedmont's 67-45 win over Heritage Hall in the semifinals of the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament in Kingfisher.

Parker's total put her over 1,000 points for her career.

Alex Hall added 14 and Kristin Hager 12 in Piedmont's win.

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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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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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