By Justin Harper, Staff Writer
Girls basketball notes from Friday’s action at the Oklahoma’s Best Tournament at Tulsa University’s Reynolds Center:
Sequoyah-Tahlequah winning streak snapped
Tulsa Washington defeated Sequoyah-Tahlequah Friday in the semifinals of the Oklahoma’s Best Tournament in Tulsa to advance to Saturday’s final against Sapulpa.
The loss snapped a 41-game winning streak for Sequoyah-Tahlequah, the three-time defending champion and top-ranked team in Class 3A. Tulsa Washington, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, ended the Indians’ run with a 57-47 victory. The Hornets will meet 6A No. 1 Sapulpa in the 8:30 p.m. championship game at the Reynolds Center. Sapulpa knocked off Washington, ranked second in 3A, 65-40 in the other semifinal.
In what could be a preview of the 3A state final, Washington and Sequoyah-Tahlequah will square off in Saturday’s 7 p.m. consolation game.
Adair’s Luper injured again
Adair junior Kevi Luper, a member of the Oklahoman’s 2007 Super Five team as a sophomore, will miss five to six weeks after breaking a bone in her right arm Thursday night in an opening-round loss to Sapulpa.
Luper, who is being recruited by numerous Division I schools, had just recently returned to action after breaking a bone near her right wrist in June. The first break, which happened at the University of Oklahoma Team Camp, kept Luper sidelined for four months. The injury suffered Thursday, a distal radius hairline fracture about three and a half inches above the wrist, was not in the same place as the broken bone suffered in June.
Luper, who led Adair to the 3A state final last season while averaging more than 21 points per game, has had a run of bad luck to start the season. Even before the injury Thursday, Luper had been ill in the days leading up to the tournament and had a 102-degree temperature as recently as Wednesday.
She’ll be in a brace until Tuesday and will be confined to conditioning and left-handed drills until late January.
Washington’s Beaty also hurt
Washington senior Krista Beaty sprained her right ankle in Friday’s semifinal loss to Sapulpa and will not be available for the Warriors’ game against Sequoyah-Tahlequah Saturday. Beaty injured the ankle in the third quarter.
“I think she just landed on her other foot and rolled her ankle,” said Washington coach Rocky Clarke. “Right now we don’t know for sure when she’ll be able to come back, but she won’t be able to play (Saturday).”
A day after beating 4A No. 1 Fort Gibson, Washington saw any chance to upset 6A No. 1 Sapulpa end just as the first half came to a close. Trailing by 10, the Warriors ran a play that opened up for a layup, but the shot rimmed out with four seconds left in the half. Sapulpa star Alyssia Brewer, who will play fort Tennessee next year, grabbed the ball and launched a half-court shot that went through just before the horn. Instead of trailing by eight, Washington found itself down by 13. Then with Beaty going out in the third, Sapulpa cruised.
Aside from the fact that the tournament is being played in a college gymnasium, Tulsa University’s Reynolds Center, there is a heavy college presence at the Oklahoma’s Best Tournament as dozens of coaches from around the region have gathered to see a handful of the state’s top players. Saturday there will be even more college atmosphere as Tulsa will host No. 9 Oklahoma at 3 p.m. prior to the consolation and championship games.