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Anadarko's Lakota Beatty develops as an all-around player

SUPER 5 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM — Oklahoma State signee Lakota Beatty grew up wanting to play basketball. Beatty has turned her dream into a reality, developing into one of the state's top players.
by Jacob Unruh Published: April 13, 2013


photo - Lakota Beatty, Anadarko High School basketball player and member of the Girls Super 5, poses for a photo at the OPUBCO studio in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Lakota Beatty, Anadarko High School basketball player and member of the Girls Super 5, poses for a photo at the OPUBCO studio in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

When the weather turned unfavorable in Anadarko as child, Lakota Beatty took her basketball talents inside.

Beatty turned wire hangers into rims and yarn into the net, placing one on each end of her kitchen and then playing for hours.

“I'm glad I did it,” Beatty said. “I'm glad I fell in love with the game at such a young age. I knew from probably about first and second grade that's what I wanted to do.

“That's all I was worried about, watching basketball all the time; I had my basketball all the time, I made those goals when it was cold. I am very thankful.”

Beatty has turned her dream into reality as she has developed into one of the state's top basketball players, earning a spot on The Oklahoman's Super 5 girls basketball team and a scholarship to play at Oklahoma State.

As a senior, Beatty led Anadarko to the Class 4A semifinals one season after winning the state championship. She averaged 17.7 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game, evidence of her development as an all-around player.

“We needed her to do that because it leads everybody else to do it,” second-year Anadarko coach Jeff Zinn said. “If your best player will play defense, then everybody else is going to.

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by Jacob Unruh
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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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