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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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Record: 20-7

Rank: No. 9

Tournament history: 10th appearance (8-8). … First since 1985. ... Won 1984 title, beating Clinton 60-58 in double overtime. … Runner-up in 1985 and 1983.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Haylie Kirby; 5-4; Sr.; 5

Shelbie Kirby; 5-4; Sr.; 17

Sawyer Salisbury; 5-9; So.; 5

Madie Vaughn; 5-11; So.; 6

Kyrston Wheeler; 6-0; Sr.; 8

This season: Wheeler did not play as a junior and came back to average 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. … Several players have mothers that played on Collinsville's last state tournament teams, including the 1984 championship.

TULSA MEMORIAL VS. SHAWNEE, 7 p.m.

TULSA MEMORIAL

Coach: Raby Leyva

Record: 14-12

Rank: No. 14

Tournament history: Sixth appearance (1-5). … Fourth appearance in five years. … Lone win came in 2010. … First appearance came in 1979.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Faith Ihim; 5-9; Jr.; 23.7

Jessica Patterson; 5-6; Sr.; 6.4

Alexia Reed; 5-8; Sr.; 6.1

Sarah Short; 5-9; Jr.; 5.4

Kala Whayne; 5-1; Sr.; 2.3

This season: Bounced back to return to state after going 6-16 last season. … Won first six games before losing six in a row. … Ihim averages 13.5 rebounds. … Patterson averages 3.8 assists.

SHAWNEE

Coach: Wendi Wells

Record: 24-2

Rank: No. 1

Tournament history: Third appearance (4-1). … Won last year's title, beating Tulsa East Central 45-41. … Lost to McGuinness in 2011 semifinals.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

McKenzie Cooper; 5-8; Jr.; 15.9

Kelsey Simmons; 5-6; Fr.; 4.3

Bailey Taylor; 5-6; So.; 12.3

Shaiann Tramble; 5-5; So.; 3.8

Micaela Yu; 5-10; Sr.; 14.2

This season: Back in the tournament as defending champions after losing four starters off that team. … Yu averages 5.8 rebounds. … Freshman Monique Tramble comes off the bench to average 3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

TAHLEQUAH VS. CARL ALBERT, 8:30 p.m.

Tahlequah

Coach: Chad Walker

Record: 17-9

Rank: No. 7

Tournament history: Fourth appearance (4-3) and first since 2001. … Runner-up in 1999 and 2001. … First appearance came in 1983.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Casey Beaston; 5-10; Sr.; 9

Paige Carnes; 6-0; Sr.; 2

Marisa Girdner; 5-4; Jr.; 10

Alissa Hadley; 5-6; Sr.; 7

Whitney Wright; 5-8; Jr.; 11

This season: Made the tournament despite losing three starters to injury. … Beat Tulsa Memorial and split with Collinsville. … Randee O'Donnell averages 11 points. … Beastona verages 7 rebounds.

CARL ALBERT

Coach: Tim Price

Record: 21-6

Rank: No. 3

Tournament history: 18th appearance (23-13) and ninth consecutive. … Won titles in 1988, 1989, 1996 and 2000. … Runner-up in 1998, 1999 and 2009.

Starting lineup

Player; Ht.; Cl.; Pts.

Gioya Carter; 5-9; Sr.; 18.5

Brianna Duchane; 5-6; Sr.; 4.4

Jordan Gilbert; 5-9; Jr.; 10.1

Daesha Pearson; 5-8; Jr.; 7.2

Asher Sutterfield; 5-8; So.; 2.7

This season: Beat Lawton MacArthur in area consolation final to advance to state. … Carter averages 8.1 rebounds. … Gilbert bounced back from missing her sophomore season due to injury to become the Titans' second-leading scorer.