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Boys basketball: Jordan Woodard is healthy for Class 6A tournament

Edmond Memorial senior missed 11 games this season with a hamstring injury. Now he's ready to lead the Bulldogs in their quest for another state title.
by Scott Wright Modified: March 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm •  Published: March 5, 2013
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photo - CLASS 6A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL / STATE TOURNAMENT: Bixby Spartans No. 10 Austin Wright guards Edmond Memorial No. 10 Jordan Woodard during the Class 6A boys basketball state tournament at the Skiatook High Activity Center in Skiatook, Okla., taken on March 8, 2012. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
CLASS 6A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL / STATE TOURNAMENT: Bixby Spartans No. 10 Austin Wright guards Edmond Memorial No. 10 Jordan Woodard during the Class 6A boys basketball state tournament at the Skiatook High Activity Center in Skiatook, Okla., taken on March 8, 2012. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World

— Jordan Woodard wanted to be playing basketball in January.

But to make sure he was still healthy in March, the Edmond Memorial point guard had to sit on the sidelines.

The Oklahoma signee missed 11 games in his senior season, but his hamstring is fully healed as he and the Bulldogs try to win their second Class 6A state championship in the last three years.

“I didn't want to miss that many games my senior year,” said Woodard, who is averaging 16.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game for second-ranked Edmond Memorial. “But I feel like, as a team, it helped us a lot. There was a lot of frustration for me, not being able to be out there with my teammates.”

Edmond Memorial faces Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oral Roberts University's Mabee Center in the first round of the 6A state tournament. The Bulldogs are among the top contenders, along with conference rival and No. 1-ranked Midwest City, in one of the deeper 6A fields in recent years.

Woodard missed a couple games in December, but reinjured the hamstring in his second game back. After that, he and the coaching staff vowed to get him fully healthy before he came back again.

The Bulldogs are working their way back to the top of their game since Woodard's return. He stayed engaged with the team during his injury, which enabled him to slide back in easily, not disrupting the chemistry.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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