It's hard to imagine high school basketball season in the state ending any better than it did.
First, in Tulsa, Oklahoma signee Jordan Woodard's tip at the buzzer gave Edmond Memorial the Class 6A boys title. A bit later at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Millwood finally finished off Okemah in a triple-overtime game to win the school's record-tying 15th title.
Now that it's over, we asked The Oklahoman's writers to share the best games, best individual performances and best finishes they saw this season, and the biggest surprises.
Ryan Aber: I'll save the Edmond Memorial-Midwest City game for later. This one wasn't in the state tournament, but it got the Mount St. Mary girls there. Aimee Rischard's 3-pointer with 12 seconds left helped lift the Rockets to a 54-50 win over Heritage Hall in the area consolation finals on the Monday before the state tournament began, capping a wild back-and-forth game.
Ed Godfrey: Hard to top Millwood's double overtime win over Centennial in the Class 3A boys semifinals, or Douglass' two-point win over Roland in the 4A boys state championship game, but the Falcons' triple overtime win over Okemah in the 3A title game was one for the ages.
Jacob Unruh: Erick beats Lomega 56-53 in double overtime to win the Class B girls title. Erick held an eight-point lead in regulation before falling behind five with less than a minute remaining. Maranda Janz then delivered a deep 3-pointer to tie the game and force overtime. In double overtime, it was her sister Makenzie who delivered the game-winning shot and free throw with 10 seconds remaining.
Scott Wright: Millwood 59, Okemah 53, 3OT in the Class 3A boys championship game. In the game that would never end, Millwood had destiny on its side, but Okemah kept pulling out the plays to stay alive. It was the last game of the year, and we couldn't have closed the season any better.
Ryan Aber: There was plenty more about Bailey Taylor's semifinal game for Shawnee over Carl Albert in the 5A semifinals than just her 15-point total. Taylor, a sophomore, wore the No. 20 of her teammate, McKenzie Cooper. Cooper tore her ACL in the first round, and Taylor asked to wear the jersey for the rest of the tournament. She turned in an inspired performance to help Shawnee come out with a 50-46 overtime win.
Ed Godfrey: It has to be Stephen Clark's 51-point effort in the 4A state championship game, and Douglass needed every one of them. Roland was right there and might have won if not for missing three free throws in the final minute, including the front end of a one-and-one.
Jacob Unruh: Stephen Clark and Seth Youngblood battle it out in Class 4A boys championship. I didn't cover it, but I was there and I'll never forget what I saw. It was perhaps one of the greatest games played in State Fair Arena history, and the most challenging in Clark's storied career. Well worth just being in attendance.
Scott Wright: Stephen Clark's 51 points in Class 4A championship victory. Clark has scored 50 points more than a couple times in his career, but 51 in the state finals, an 84-82 win over Roland (which got 41 from Seth Youngblood), might have been his best. Clark had never been pushed to the brink with so much on the line before, and the Oklahoma State signee delivered.
Ryan Aber: Turner's 59-43 win over Frontier in the Class A girls first round. The Lady Falcons came into the state tournament ranked 10th and facing second-ranked and defending state champion Frontier. Freshman Sierra Parker helped hold Frontier star Marissa Goodman in check with her strong defense, and Turner blew out to a 22-9 lead after one and held on to pull off the tournament's biggest upset.
Ed Godfrey: Alva's young Lady Goldbugs reaching the 2A state finals. The Lady Goldbugs reached their sixth state championship game in school history starting three sophomores and a freshman.
Jacob Unruh: Mount St. Mary girls reaching Class 4A championship game. Mount St. Mary had yet to win a state tournament game, but beat Byng in the quarterfinals. Then the most impressive thing happened: a win over the heavy favorite for a repeat championship and top-ranked Anadarko in the semifinals. Fort Gibson ultimately beat St. Mary in the championship, but it was a surprising and fun run to watch.
Scott Wright: Chickasha boys reaching 5A semifinals. There never appeared to be a dominant team in Class 5A, but the top teams seemed to be pretty clear. For a team outside the top 10 to break through and go to the semifinals — defeating Southeast, one of the favorites in the field — was incredibly impressive.
Ryan Aber: Jordan Woodard's final few seconds to give Edmond Memorial a 49-48 win. Woodard was playing with a torn hamstring that he suffered in the semifinals, keeping his offensive production way down in the final two games. But when Memorial needed its star, he was there. Woodard had a terrific steal off an inbounds pass, kept the ball inbounds with enough awareness to find a teammate as he was saving it, then delivered the final tip-in as the buzzer sounded to give the Bulldogs a stunning title win.
Ed Godfrey: Ashford Golden's tip-in at the buzzer in double overtime gave Millwood a semifinals win over two-time defending state champ Centennial. It happened the night after the Falcons got a tremendous break when Trey Johnson of Hugo mistakenly shot at the wrong goal and made the game-winning layup for Millwood.
Jacob Unruh: Taylor Mendell's game-winning free throw in a double-overtime victory against Leedey in Class B girls quarterfinals. Mendell had missed the game-winning free throw in regulation, only to get a second chance in double overtime with 3.9 seconds remaining. It kept Lomega's season alive before falling in the championship game.
Scott Wright: Trevyn Woolbright's game-winner for Sterling in the first round of the Class A boys state tournament. The play broke down around him, and Woolbright improvised, coming open around the top of the key and hitting a 15-footer at the buzzer for a 63-61 win over Wright City. It was Sterling's first state tournament win and the 500th career coaching victory for Woolbright's father, Bink Woolbright.