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Class 5A girls basketball: Deer Creek's Ashley Gibson takes over, leads Antlers to state finals

by Ryan Aber Published: March 8, 2013
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photo - Edmond Deer Creek's Ashley Gibson (right) celebrates after their playoff win against East Central, at the Mabee Center, in Tulsa, on Friday, March 8, 2013. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World
Edmond Deer Creek's Ashley Gibson (right) celebrates after their playoff win against East Central, at the Mabee Center, in Tulsa, on Friday, March 8, 2013. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World

TULSA — Ashley Gibson didn’t need to carry the offensive load early.

But in the fourth quarter when Deer Creek needed its offensive leader to take control, Gibson did.

The senior scored six points during a 9-0 stretch in the fourth quarter that put the Class 5A No. 2 Deer Creek ahead for good in its 48-43 win over Tulsa East Central.

Deer Creek (26-2) will play the winner of Friday afternoon’s Carl Albert/Shawnee game at 6 p.m. Saturday for the title.

The Antlers are familiar with both teams, having beat Carl Albert twice and dropping an early season game against Shawnee.

“Either way, it’s huge for us but we’d like to play Shawnee again,” Gibson said.

Tulsa East Central’s season ends 19-9. The Lady Cardinals had been runners-up in each of the last three years.

Gibson found herself in foul trouble early and stayed on the bench for 11 minutes during the first half as Dakota Vann and Bayli Blanchard helped keep the Antlers in the game.

“It was a little frustrating early in the game but I was still confident,” Gibson said.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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