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Class 2A girls basketball: Breaking down the state tournament teams

Taking a closer look at the eight teams in the Class 2A girls state basketball tournament.
by Jacob Unruh Modified: March 10, 2014 at 5:35 pm •  Published: March 10, 2014
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Thursday’s games at Westmoore

MILLWOOD VS. HENNESSEY, 2 P.M.

MILLWOOD

Coach: Arnelia Spears

Record: 21-4

Rank: No. 1

Tournament history: 21st appearance (22-17) and eight consecutive. … State champions in 1990, 2008 and 2012. … Runner-up in 1991, 1993, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Nykiah Hines; 5-4; So.; 4.2

Bria Dean; 5-4; Jr.; 12.3

DeRae Lewis; 6-1; Jr.; 10.8

Raven Prince; 6-0; Jr.; 12.3

Mekayla Jackson; 5-7; Jr.; 2.2

This season: Spears is retiring following the tournament after 40-plus years at Millwood. … Lewis and Prince each average just more than six rebounds per game. … Three of their losses are to Carl Albert, Deer Creek and Mount St. Mary.

HENNESSEY

Coach: Marty McBride

Record: 20-9

Rank: No. 19

Tournament history: Seventh appearance (2-6) and first since 2000. … Lost in semifinals in 1972 and 1975. … Made consecutive appearances in 1972-73 and 1999-2000.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Kinsey Reeves; 5-11; Sr.; 6.4

Skylar Holder; 5-5; Jr.; 7.8

Kylee Blehm; 5-11; Jr.; 12.9

Addi Meeker; 5-8; Fr.; 5.0

Kinsey Neiderer; 5-9; Fr.; 7.8

This season: After falling to defending champion Northeast in regionals, Eagles have won five straight. … Beat No. 11 Hooker, No. 2 Fairview and Northeast during that span. … Blehm, a transfer from Kingfisher, also averages five rebounds per game.

KETCHUM VS. CORDELL, 3:30 P.M.

KETCHUM

Coach: Sam Fairchild

Record: 23-5

Rank: No. 6

Tournament history: Third appearance (0-2). … Made it in 1980 and 1981, losing in first round to Kiowa and Okeene.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Miranda Griffin; 5-11; Sr.; 13

Kelsy Byrd; 5-11; Sr.; 14

Jo-Lynne Fairchild; 5-7; Sr.; 10

Bailey Pendley; 5-7; Jr.; 11

Justice Campbell; 5-11; Jr.; 8

This season: Griffin, who averages seven rebounds and eight assists, has signed with Northeastern State. … Returned all five starters from last season’s area tournament qualifier. … Losses were to state tournament qualifiers in other classes.

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