Class 2A-4A state tournament notebook: Douglass' Stephen Clark finishes as fifth all-time scorer

With 51 points Saturday, Douglass point guard and Oklahoma State signee Stephen Clark closed his career with 3,312 points, ending in fifth place all-time in Oklahoma boys basketball. Clark's 51 also tied him for the fourth-most points scored in a boys state tournament game.
by Ed Godfrey and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 9, 2013
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Edwards entered the state tournament averaging 17 points per game.

“Whoever gets T'ona is going to get a player,” Northeast coach Londaryl Perry said.

Perry also said junior guard Lanesia Williams is being recruited by Oklahoma.

SULPHUR FINALLY FINISHES

Sulphur's Lady Bulldogs finally hoisted the gold ball Saturday after knocking on the door to the state tournament for several years.

“We have won a lot of games the last six or seven years,” Sulphur coach Toby Todd said. “We got beat in the game to go to state three years in a row.”

Two years ago, then-sophomore guard Ashley Hughes suffered a season-ending knee injury and Lady Bulldogs lost in the first round of the area tournament.

Last season' the Lady Bulldogs qualified to the state tournament for the first time in 89 years and advanced to the state semifinals.

“I take pride in where we're at,” Todd said Saturday after the Lady Bulldogs won their first state championship.

“I love Sulphur. I am a hometown boy. Sulphur means something to me, and it means something to every one of those girls.”

ALVA LOOKS TO FUTURE

Alva freshman Jaden Hobbs doesn't want the Goldbugs' runner-up finish to be her only trip to the state tournament.

“I think we're going to come back stronger than ever,” she said. “I'm really going to miss our seniors, but I really think we'll be back.”

Alva (25-5) started three sophomores alongside Hobbs this season. Jayna Hadwiger was the lone senior starter.

Hobbs, who averaged 18 points per game this season, averaged 23.7 points per game during the state tournament, showing little signs of being nervous in her Big House debut.

“I was nervous,” she said. “I've been down here before. I came and watched; it's always been a dream of mine to play here. Once I got on that court and the game actually started, I think all of those nerves went away.”

TROPHY GETS BROKEN IN CELEBRATION

Latta was so excited about its first state championship, the Panthers broke the trophy during the postgame celebration.

The gold basketball came off the base of the trophy when the Panthers crowded together to kiss the ball after holding it above their heads in celebration.

“We were just trying to bring it down to see who would kiss the gold ball first,” said Latta's Trent Storts. “I was the first one then one of the other guys snapped it off.”

Storts said he doesn't care if the trophy is repaired. He is just glad Latta owns it.

“They will probably put it back together. I don't know,” he said. “It's going to be in our trophy case so it (the ball) can just sit there.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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