“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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