TULSA — Edmond Memorial's Jordan Woodard let loose the potential game-winner, and Tulsa Union's J.C. Hartzler's emotions let loose.
“I was looking at the clock and I didn't think he was going to get it off and then, to be honest, I didn't think it was good,” Hartzler said. “But as it kept going, I felt like it was good, but it went out and the roller coaster of emotions started.”
Woodard's miss at the buzzer gave Union a 37-36 win and the Class 6A state title Saturday at the Mabee Center.
Both teams had reasons to be thankful they were in the game at the end.
The Redskins were unable to take advantage of a first-half stretch where two Edmond Memorial starters — Woodard and Terrell Savala — were on the bench with foul trouble.
“We talked about that in the locker room,” Union coach Rudy Garcia said. “We left some points out there, and they extended their lead even with two guys out there that we hadn't seen this weekend.”
Union also had to go without Hartzler for the early part of the fourth quarter after he picked up his fourth foul.
For Memorial, it was a nearly 16-minute stretch without a field goal that left the Bulldogs scratching their heads.
For much of that time, especially in the third period, the pace slowed tremendously as Memorial worked the ball around the exterior while Union stayed in a zone.
“We weren't trying to stall,” Memorial coach Shane Cowherd said.