Class 2A-4A state tournament notebook: Millwood pays tribute to deceased teammate

The Millwood girls team wore purple ribbons in their hair, gray socks on their feet and wrote inspirational messages on their basketball shoes in memory of teammate Karisma Taylor, who died Feb. 1.
By Scott Wright, Ed Godfrey, Jacob Unruh, Trent Shadid, Stephanie Kuzydym and Anthony Slater Published: March 7, 2013
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The Millwood girls team wore purple ribbons in their hair, gray socks on their feet and wrote inspirational messages on their basketball shoes in memory of teammate Karisma Taylor, who died Feb. 1.

Taylor, a member of Millwood's freshman team, had asthma and was rushed to a hospital last month after having difficulty breathing during warm-ups of a freshman game. She fell into a coma and died four days later.

Purple was Taylor's favorite color, said Millwood freshman point guard Nykiah Hines. Gray is often a color used to promote asthma awareness, so the team decided to wear the gray socks in addition to the purple hair ribbons, said Falcons' coach Arnelia Spears.

Senior guard Teanna Reid wrote "R.I.P. Karisma" on her shoes. "We think about her all the time," she said.

DOUGLASS' CLARK SEVENTH ALL-TIME SCORER

Stephen Clark's 16 points Thursday upped his career total to 3,236 points, now in seventh place all-time in Oklahoma boys basketball.

The current all-time scoring leaders in state history are: Rotnei Clarke, Verdigris, 3,758; Keiton Page, Pawnee, 3,709; Ty Harman, Maud, 3,639; Kelenna Azubuike, Victory Christian, 3,530; Dalen Qualls, Stratford, 3,290; Lane Adams, Red Oak, 3,251; Stephen Clark, Douglass, 3,236; Kenneth Johnson, Grandfield, 3,191.

OU COMMITMENT DUNGEE, PRESTON ELIMINATED 

Preston freshman Chelsea Dungee's team was knocked from the tournament Wednesday by unbeaten Northeast.

Dungee verbally committed to Oklahoma women's basketball and Sherri Coale in early February, according to her mother.

Against Northeast, the 5-foot-11 freshman was extremely aware of her court surroundings and led Preston with eight points.

Dungee is rated among the nation's top players, per ESPN's HoopGurlz recruiting rankings. As an eighth grader, Dungee committed to Oklahoma State.

In Nov. 2011, Cowgirls head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna tragically passed away in an airplane crash.

FORT GIBSON PRACTICES WITH BOYS PLAYERS

At the urging of assistant coach Chuck London, the Fort Gibson girls spent the early part of the week practicing with three of the school's boys basketball players.

It was an idea on how to combat the height and length of No. 5 Weatherford, and it worked to near perfection Thursday as the second-ranked Tigers pulled away for the 59-46 victory, and limited 6-foot-1 junior Chandler Roof to just seven points.

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