Bixby's Christina Devers always thought she had the potential to be a really good basketball player.
Others might not have been quite as quick to catch on.
“I was kicked off a few teams when I was younger for not being very talented or very good,” Devers said. “Ever since then, I've been motivated.”
Now a senior, Devers helped lift the Spartans into the 6A championship game and averaged 20.1 points. Now, she's an Oklahoman Super 5 player.
“I realized a long time ago that I could do something like that,” Devers said. “But it took me to wake up and decide to do something about it as far as working hard and being in the gym and doing what I had to do to become a better player.
“Since I got cut from those teams, it was just basketball, basketball, basketball.”
That drive continued even into this year.
She spent hours in the gym during the summer working on her outside shot.
“It wasn't too good to being with,” she said. “It made people have to be true defending me.”
The added dimension certainly paid off during the state tournament, especially in the second round. She hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes and went on to score 31 in a 52-46 win over Tulsa Union.
“Of course, we wanted it to go better by bringing home a gold ball but I think we made history,” Devers said. “We did all we could do and it got us really far.”
Devers also benefited at the end from the earlier loss of star forward Stevi Parker.
Parker missed 11 games, and although the Spartans struggled during her absence, Devers had to learn to adjust without her.
“It made us a better team for when she got back,” Devers said. “It made other people step up and become better players and it made me make an effort to make other people better and get them more involved.”
Devers has signed with Central Arkansas.
The dimensions she added to her game this year figure to help her plenty at the next level.
“I like to share the ball, attack the hole and I will pull up and shoot,” Devers said. “I consider myself a pretty well-rounded player. I do what I need to do to help us win.”