Preston coach Jeff Weedn isn’t bashful about where he thinks sophomore guard Chelsea Dungee ranks among girls basketball players in the state.
“I think she’s the best girls player in the state,” he said. “She’s the best player I’ve ever coached. She’s such a good leader and such a hard worker.”
Dungee, who is verbally committed to Oklahoma after initially committing to Oklahoma State, enters the Class 2A state tournament averaging 26.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Weedn said it’s her ability to lead the second-ranked Pirates that makes her special.
“She’s one of those players that, individually, she can go take over a game when she needs to,” he said. “She also is a great leader and makes everybody else better.”
Preston (25-4) opens the tournament at 8:30 p.m. Thursday against Latta at Westmoore High School. There is a possibility, though, the Pirates could meet top-seeded Millwood in Saturday’s championship.
That, Weedn said, would be fun.
“You can’t take (anything) for granted, and you’ve got to take them one game at a time,” he said. “But we would love the opportunity to play Millwood. It would be great.”