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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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by Jacob Unruh
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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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