BY RYAN ABER
Unfortunately all of the former state standouts were beat out in the first two rounds of the NCAA Men’s Tournament, with Butler’s Rotnei Clarke (Verdigris) and Iowa State’s Tyrus McGee (Stringtown) coming closest to advancing to the Sweet 16.
On the women’s side, though, three Oklahoma high school alums helped their teams advance to the Sweet 16.
None was bigger than former Sequoyah-Tahlequah star Angel Goodrich, who helped 12th-seeded Kansas pull off a pair of upsets.
Goodrich had 20 points and eight assists in a 75-69 win over South Carolina in the second round after posting 14 points and eight assists in an opening 67-52 win over Colorado.
In Kansas’ win over South Carolina, former Norman standout Ashley Bruner had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Gamecocks in the loss.
Goodrich’s Jayhawks play top-seeded Notre Dame at 11 a.m. Sunday in Norfolk, Va.
Former Star Spencer standout Sharane Campbell also had a big start to the tournament, averaging 17 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2 steals for Oklahoma in tournament wins over Central Michigan and UCLA.
The sixth-seeded Sooners play No. 2 Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Oklahoma City.
Duke’s Richa Jackson, a former Midwest City standout, started for the Blue Devils in wins over Hampton and Oklahoma State, totaling five points, two steals and three rebounds.
The No. 2-seed Blue Devils play No. 6 Nebraska at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Norfolk.