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Class 5A girls basketball state tournament capsules

A closer look at the 5A girls state tournament competitors: Tulsa East Central, Del City, Deer Creek, Collinsville, Tulsa Memorial, Shawnee, Tahlequah and Carl Albert.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 6, 2013
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TULSA EAST CENTRAL VS. DEL CITY, 2 p.m.

TULSA EAST CENTRAL

Coach: Sammy Mack

Record: 18-8

Rank: No. 4

Tournament history: 16th appearance (21-12). … Won titles in 2007, 2006 and 1935 (as Central Consolidated). … Runner-up in 1997, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Janee Arnold; 5-6; Jr.; 9.5

Shay Brown; 6-3; So.; 8.8

Darion Clarke; 5-6; Sr.; 10.5

Marcia Reed; 6-0; So.; 11.9

Ariel Williams; 5-6; Sr.; 8.9

This season: Beat fellow state tournament teams Tulsa Memorial (twice) and Collinsville. … The Cardinals lost Arkansas signee Bria Pitts to a torn ACL, her third in four years, in early February.

DEL CITY

Coach: Kerri Sears

Record: 13-13

Rank: No. 11

Tournament history: 13th appearance (9-11). … Won 2009 title with 29-27 win over Midwest City. … Runner-up in 1991, losing 50-49 to Jenks in final.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Alaisha Castleberry; 5-5; Jr.; 11

Shaletha Clark; 5-10; Sr.; 8

Dionna Collins; 5-6; Sr.; 18

Malerie Denson; 5-7; Sr.; 7

Tashianna Wisby; 5-7; Sr.; 7

This season: Got hot late to earn a berth after an up-and-down regular season. … Collins averages 4 assists. … Clark averages 5 rebounds. … Beat Piedmont to earn berth.

DEER CREEK VS. COLLINSVILLE, 3:30 p.m.

DEER CREEK

Coach: Totsy Manning

Record: 24-2

Rank: No. 2

Tournament history: 14th appearance (10-11). … Won titles in 1966, beating Woodland, and 2006, beating Fort Gibson.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Alexa Adair; 5-7; Sr.; 7.9

Bayli Blanchard; 5-10; Jr.; 8.8

Ashley Gibson; 5-9; Sr.; 13.4

Whitney Jones; 5-10; Jr.; 7.4

Dakota Vann; 5-10; So.; 8.4

This season: Come into the tournament on a 12-game winning streak. … Vann averages 6.3 rebounds. … Adair averages 3.4 assists. … Beat Carl Albert twice and lost to Shawnee.

COLLINSVILLE

Coach: Kelly Clarke

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