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Class 6A girls: Midwest City rolls past Norman

By Robert Przybylo Modified: March 14, 2010 at 12:55 am •  Published: March 14, 2010

TULSA — As the final seconds wound down, Midwest City's Richa Jackson pounded the ball into the ground, bouncing it high into the air and that was it.

A year of torment, of disappointment was officially over. Now it was time to celebrate.

The Bombers, the No. 1 team all season, proved that's exactly what they were when it mattered most.

Sparked by Jackson, Midwest City rolled through Norman for the fourth time this season in a 46-32 victory to earn the Class 6A girls state championship Saturday afternoon at Oral Roberts' Mabee Center.

It is the Bombers' first state title since 1992 and their second overall.

Midwest City's bid for an undefeated season went out the door last year to rival Del City in the championship. There would be no repeat of that, not with this team.

"It drove us all season," Jackson said. "It was hard to watch (last year's championship), but we eventually did and learned from it. This is even better than I imagined."

It showed. Not just at the state tournament, where the Bombers won their three games by an average of 14 points but all season. Midwest City finishes the year at 26-2, having not lost to an in-state opponent this year.

Jackson, a Duke signee, led the charge, scoring 13 of her 16 points in the first half as Midwest City ended the first half on a 21-4 run and took a 30-15 lead into halftime. She also grabbed 12 rebounds.

And with the type of defense the Bombers have, that would be more than enough.