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High school basketball: A look at the season's top performances

Stephen Clark's 51-point game, Jordan Woodard's tip-in and the Mount St. Mary girls' run were just a few of our writers' season highlights.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 17, 2013

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.

Best game

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.

Best performance

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.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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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
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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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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