Broken Arrow junior forward Taylor Jones hadn’t played much at all through the Tigers’ first two state tournament games, but coach Mike Hughes saw a matchup advantage with Jones in Saturday’s state title game against Edmond Santa Fe.
She played 12 minutes and hit all three of her field-goal attempts, added three free throws and grabbed three rebounds, finishing with nine points in the unbeaten Tigers’ 70-51 victory.
“It’s a good matchup, so I just had to go out there ready to play,” Jones said. “I knew that when I came in, I had to make a difference, whether it be rebounding, whether it be scoring, just any way that I could, I had to make a difference because it’s a state game.
“I just had to take care of business.”
DEER CREEK EXPLOSION
Deer Creek has long produced talented athletic programs, dating back to the school’s first state championship in 1966 in girls basketball.
But the school’s real athletic explosion has been much more recent.
The girls basketball title the Antlers won on Saturday at the Mabee Center was the school’s 29th title in all OSSAA sports. Nineteen of them have been won in the last nine years, and 15 have been won since 2009.
PC WEST’S JERSEY JUMBLE
Putnam City West senior Travon Moore was back in his usual No. 15 jersey with the Patriots wearing gold uniforms for Saturday night’s title game.
When the Patriots wore their Carolina blue jerseys on Friday night, Moore had to wear jersey No. 30.
Moore had a simple explanation when asked about the number change.