WEST ROLLS IN BOTH GAMES
The West dominated both Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State games Wednesday night at the Mabee Center, winning the small school game 84-54 and the large school game 73-51.
Anadarko's Lakota Beatty led all scorers in the large-school game, scoring 17 points. She gave West a lead it never relented with eight straight points to open the game. She later added eight points to open the fourth quarter.
The West's lead increased to 21-6 by the end of the first quarter.
But the East attempted to rally, going on a 13-0 run to get within 29-26 early in the third. The West, however, responded with a 14-3 run to regain control.
Guthrie's Melinda Murillo added 15 points, and Piedmont's Sarah Parker scored 13.
Tulsa Washington's Kaylan Mayberry led the East with nine points. Cushings' Che'Ron Lewis added eight.
In the small-school game, Fairview's Olivia Mason scored 21 points as the West used a 15-0 run in the second quarter to pull away.
Snyder's Marley Anderson scored 13 and Marlow's Ashley O'Dell added 11.
Dewar's Cheyenne Been scored 18 for the East, and Dale's Breck Clark scored 16.
BEATTY MAKING ADJUSTMENTS
Beatty looked noticeably different on the court.
The Oklahoma State signee has already been attending practices in Stillwater this summer, and has already started to bulk up.
“I'm getting adjusted to it now,” Beatty said. “I just feel bigger. I can tell I've gotten stronger because I can pull up easier.”
Anadarko coach Jeff Zinn, who coached the West team, said it was nice to see Beatty play relaxed.
“It was nice to see her go out well,” he said. “At the end of the season I saw her play with so much pressure, so it's nice to see her go out well.”
Beatty was also selected as the Jim Thorpe Girls Basketball Player of the Year between games.
WASHINGTON, CARTER MISS GAMES
Both Jenks' Jessica Washington and Carl Albert's Gioya Carter were absent from Wednesday's games.
Washington has already left for the University of North Carolina to begin practices for the upcoming season.
Carter, who has signed with Oklahoma, chose not to play in the game, Zinn said.
FORT GIBSON'S WALKER HONORED
Fort Gibson coach Jerry Walker was named the OCA Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers the Class 4A championship.
It was the Tigers' second title in three seasons.