TULSA — A misty-eyed Jordan Woodard stood on the Mabee Center floor and acknowledged he'd have scripted his senior season a little differently than it played out.
The final eight seconds, though?
“I couldn't imagine going out any better,” he said.
Woodard's tip-in at the final buzzer gave Edmond Memorial a stunning 49-48 win over Midwest City and its second Class 6A state championship in three seasons.
It was also the Oklahoma signee's first field-goal make all night.
“Jordan's playing on a torn hamstring,” Edmond Memorial coach Shane Cowherd said. “He's playing on one leg.”
“For him to come out and do what he did ... He's the greatest player I've ever had, maybe the toughest kid I've ever coached. What a winner.”
Woodard missed 11 games of his senior season with a bad hamstring, which was declared fully healed before the state tournament began.
But he re-injured it during the Bulldogs' double-overtime semifinal win over Owasso, he said, and painfully slugged through the state title game on a hamstring his coach said “is basically shredded.”
Edmond Memorial took a double-digit lead late in the first half behind senior Shaquille Morris' dominating inside performance.
Morris finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
But Midwest City fought back though the third quarter, taking its first lead with 3:28 left in the period. Bombers junior Torey Noel led his team with 20 points.
“There was a moment where I felt like we let it go,” Woodard said.
Midwest City led through virtually the entire fourth quarter, and clung to a one-point advantage when it lined up for an inbound pass under Edmond Memorial's goal with eight seconds to go.
“There's nobody,” Midwest City coach Dewayne Bradley said before choking up. “I don't think there's anybody in the state that plays as hard as they do, and gets as much out of their ability as they do. They're tougher and have more heart than anybody in the state of Oklahoma in this class.
“We got to this point and were right there because of them.”
Woodard dove along the baseline, deflected the inbound pass toward teammate Tyler Holcomb in the lane and tumbled out of bounds.
Holcomb's lay-up attempt rolled around the rim, fell out and bounced between several players before he got the ball back and threw up a prayer from the low post.
The ball bounced off the rim, then off Woodard's outstretched right arm and fell through the net as the buzzer sounded.
“This is the best moment of my life right now,” Woodard said. “I've never felt so thankful. So blessed.”