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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

And while he was out, several players were asked to do things they hadn't done before.

“Jordan is so talented that the guys had become over-reliant on him at times, which is a blessing and a curse,” coach Shane Cowherd said. “I think we're a better team now — and I hate that Jordan had to go through that injury for us to accomplish it — but I think we're a better team, because guys were able to gain confidence in their own abilities.”

Forward Shaquille Morris, a 6-foot-8 Wichita State signee, was pushed to be the star in Woodard's absence, while others, like Aaron Young and Sam Kreutzer, had to handle the ball more and be reliable players on the perimeter.

Woodard started on the Bulldogs' championship team as a sophomore in 2011, as he did with the runner-up team last year.

Now, he's just happy that he'll be able to play as his final state tournament arrives.

“Not being able to be out there playing was hard, but I was confident that the training staff would be able to get me back out there before playoff time,” Woodard said. “Right now is the time that it counts, and I'm healthy, so it's great.”

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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