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Class 4A girls: Fort Gibson wins second title in three years

Tigers end Mount St. Mary's run with 58-43 victory in championship game.
by Ed Godfrey Published: March 9, 2013
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photo - Fort Gibson celebrates with the gold ball trophy after the win over Mount Saint Mary during the state high school basketball tournament Class 4A girls championship game between Fort Gibson High School and Mount St. Mary High School at the State Fair Arena on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Fort Gibson celebrates with the gold ball trophy after the win over Mount Saint Mary during the state high school basketball tournament Class 4A girls championship game between Fort Gibson High School and Mount St. Mary High School at the State Fair Arena on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Aimee Rischard led the Lady Rockets with 18 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Allie Glover had 12 points while Savannah Gray added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Fort Gibson, which dominated the boards.

The Lady Tigers more than doubled St. Mary in rebounding, 41-18.

“That was a key,” Palmer said. “We knew they crashed the boards really hard and we knew we had to scrap harder than they did.”

Fort Gibson (29-1) was making its ninth consecutive trip to the state tourney and third straight to the championship game. The Lady Tigers won the title in 2011 and were runners-up last year.

“We have a saying up in our locker room, ‘tradition never graduates,'” Walker said. “Our expectations don't change, players change.”

St. Mary (25-6) was playing in its first state championship game and making only its second appearance in the tournament.

But next season looks bright for the Lady Rockets as they did not have a senior in the starting lineup.

“On paper, it looks good,” Hamilton said. “It's a matter of preparing and trying to get back.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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