SKIATOOK — When Kaylan Mayberry started controlling the flow of the game, so did Tulsa Washington.
The Lady Hornets’ point guard took over beginning late in the third quarter, helping lead them to a 59-48 win over Southmoore in the first round of the Class 6A girls basketball state tournament.
“That’s probably a Mayberry trait right there,” Tulsa Washington coach Annette Kennedy said. “That grit and determination that I’ve seen before in someone else.”
Mayberry’s older sister, Taleya, led the Lady Hornets to two state titles before moving on to a standout career at Tulsa.
Their father, Lee, starred at Tulsa Rogers and the University of Arkansas before going on to play in the NBA for seven years.
Mayberry also slowed Southmoore’s top offensive threat, Kayla Tucker.
Tucker came in averaging more than 14 points per game but scored just three in the loss.
Tulsa Washington (25-2) will face the winner of Thursday’s late game between Edmond Santa Fe and Broken Arrow in a semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center.
Making its first state tournament appearance, Southmoore ends its season 22-6.
She hit a 3-pointer to close the third quarter, then scored the first five points of the fourth quarter.
Mayberry finished with a game-high 20 points, 10 in the fourth quarter.
“There was just a lot of frustration when we were down,” Mayberry said. “I just wanted to win.”
Makenzie Ellis added 14 points.
Serithia Hawkins had 17 points and 18 rebounds to lead Southmoore.
“She did what she’s done for us all year,” Southmoore coach Britney Kannady-Sayes said. “She put us on her back and kept us in it.”
Kyra Gilbert added 13 and Kyeria Hannah 12 for the SaberCats.