Class 2A-4A state tournament notebook: Millwood pays tribute to deceased teammate

The Millwood girls team wore purple ribbons in their hair, gray socks on their feet and wrote inspirational messages on their basketball shoes in memory of teammate Karisma Taylor, who died Feb. 1.
By Scott Wright, Ed Godfrey, Jacob Unruh, Trent Shadid, Stephanie Kuzydym and Anthony Slater Published: March 7, 2013
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“Because we had to work against boys who were quick and physical and long, which we knew (the Weatherford girls) were, it gave us a chance to work against that,” Ft. Gibson coach Jerry Walker said. “So when we got to (Weatherford), those lanes were there.

The Tigers used Brandon Walker, McKenna Terrell and Austin Gasaway in zone defenses during practice.

At first, it didn't go well for the girls, but they adjusted.

“When they first got there we weren't making good passing decisions,” senior Brooke Palmer said. “So it helped us slow down and make better decisions altogether.”

Weatherford's smallest starter is junior Macy Stark, who is 5-foot-7.

SHIVE LEADS CHOUTEAU IN UPSET WIN 

Senior Jason Couch hit the game-winner in Chouteau's 53-52 upset victory over Ketchum, but it was fellow senior Jordon Shive that made Couch's shot possible.

Shive led Chouteau with 19 points, including an impressive fade away 3-pointer to beat the second quarter buzzer to cut the Ketchum lead to four.

"Jordon kept us in the game the whole way," Chouteau coach Travis Wheeler said. "At the end we were able to get everyone rolling, but up to that point it was Jordon that kept us in it. The 3 he hit was huge. It really gave us a lot of momentum."

DALE'S ROWDY PIRATES

The Dale Pirates student section screamed, yelled, and did what a majority of student sections do — and then some.

They chanted, they danced — and they were what their shirts said they were: “Outrageous.”

Dale's students wore shirts made by one of the team managers' mothers. The shirts said “Outrageous” in white and “Yes” in red, followed by “Out Rage Us” in white and “Never” in red.

TIPOFF DELAYED AT OCU

The opening game at Oklahoma City University's Abe Lemons Arena between Latta and Talihina was delayed just before tipoff as a fan was being taken by paramedics from the arena to the hospital.

OSSAA officials said the man, who was from Talihina, temporarily lost consciousness but was able to communicate and walk on his own before leaving the arena. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

LATE ARRIVAL DOESN'T STOP MCLAIN

Getting to the gym turned out to be as complicated as winning the game for Tulsa McLain Thursday.

The team bus got stuck in traffic coming over from its hotel, which was located near State Fair Arena, and the team walked onto the court for pregame warm-ups 15 minutes before tipoff.

The Titans looked lethargic at times in the first half, and trailed Anadarko virtually all day before rallying for a 40-38 win.

“You could tell at the beginning, but we picked up the intensity level after halftime, after I chewed them out a little bit,” Love said.

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