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Class 5A girls basketball state tournament capsules

A closer look at the 5A girls state tournament competitors: Tulsa East Central, Del City, Deer Creek, Collinsville, Tulsa Memorial, Shawnee, Tahlequah and Carl Albert.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 6, 2013
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TULSA EAST CENTRAL VS. DEL CITY, 2 p.m.

TULSA EAST CENTRAL

Coach: Sammy Mack

Record: 18-8

Rank: No. 4

Tournament history: 16th appearance (21-12). … Won titles in 2007, 2006 and 1935 (as Central Consolidated). … Runner-up in 1997, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Janee Arnold; 5-6; Jr.; 9.5

Shay Brown; 6-3; So.; 8.8

Darion Clarke; 5-6; Sr.; 10.5

Marcia Reed; 6-0; So.; 11.9

Ariel Williams; 5-6; Sr.; 8.9

This season: Beat fellow state tournament teams Tulsa Memorial (twice) and Collinsville. … The Cardinals lost Arkansas signee Bria Pitts to a torn ACL, her third in four years, in early February.

DEL CITY

Coach: Kerri Sears

Record: 13-13

Rank: No. 11

Tournament history: 13th appearance (9-11). … Won 2009 title with 29-27 win over Midwest City. … Runner-up in 1991, losing 50-49 to Jenks in final.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Alaisha Castleberry; 5-5; Jr.; 11

Shaletha Clark; 5-10; Sr.; 8

Dionna Collins; 5-6; Sr.; 18

Malerie Denson; 5-7; Sr.; 7

Tashianna Wisby; 5-7; Sr.; 7

This season: Got hot late to earn a berth after an up-and-down regular season. … Collins averages 4 assists. … Clark averages 5 rebounds. … Beat Piedmont to earn berth.

DEER CREEK VS. COLLINSVILLE, 3:30 p.m.

DEER CREEK

Coach: Totsy Manning

Record: 24-2

Rank: No. 2

Tournament history: 14th appearance (10-11). … Won titles in 1966, beating Woodland, and 2006, beating Fort Gibson.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Alexa Adair; 5-7; Sr.; 7.9

Bayli Blanchard; 5-10; Jr.; 8.8

Ashley Gibson; 5-9; Sr.; 13.4

Whitney Jones; 5-10; Jr.; 7.4

Dakota Vann; 5-10; So.; 8.4

This season: Come into the tournament on a 12-game winning streak. … Vann averages 6.3 rebounds. … Adair averages 3.4 assists. … Beat Carl Albert twice and lost to Shawnee.

COLLINSVILLE

Coach: Kelly Clarke

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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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