TULSA — Kaylan Mayberry never had a sense that there was something she needed to live up to in basketball.
Her father, Lee, played in the NBA for seven seasons.
Her sister, Taleya, won two state championships at Tulsa Washington and is wrapping up her senior season at Tulsa.
Saturday, Kaylan was the basketball star of the family, drilling five 3-pointers as the Lady Hornets beat Bixby 52-46 to win the Class 6A state title.
“I just play my own game,” Kaylan said. “My dad always told me never to feel pressure because of who he was.”
For the second time in three state tournament games, Mayberry took over late.
After Tulsa Washington watched its 10-point lead disappear in the space of five minutes, it was Mayberry who helped the Hornets regain control.
When Bixby's Christina Devers drilled a 3-pointer with just less than five minutes remaining to put the Spartans ahead for the first time since the first quarter, Mayberry responded seconds later with a 3-pointer of her own.
Two minutes later, Mayberry hit another 3-pointer to break a tie.
Late in the game, with the outcome decided, Tulsa Washington coach Annette Kennedy stopped Mayberry as she passed.
“You're a true Mayberry, aren't you?” Kennedy asked. “She had a lot to live up to and she's certainly done that.”
Mayberry finished with 22 points in helping the Hornets to their third title in school history.
Taleya was instrumental in the other two, in 2008 and 2009.
Devers, who was the star of the Spartans' semifinal win over Tulsa Union, got in foul trouble early and never really recovered.
She finished with 10 points and fouled out with just more than a minute remaining.
Stevi Parker, who also battled foul trouble early, never picked up her third foul and finished with 13 points to lead Bixby (21-8).
The Hornets came back to win this one after missing the tournament last year for the first time in more than a decade.
“I told them I made some mistakes last year, and it wasn't going to happen again,” Kennedy said. “I was going to be tougher on them and demand more. They were ready to clean the slate. They left last year with a bad taste in their mouths.
“I'm so grateful that I had the character-type of players to be able to handle that.”
The change started in the summer and carried over to the season, Kennedy said.
“We were just focused on a state championship,” Mayberry said. “That's what she always talked to us about and now we've got it.”