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Class 6A girls: Midwest City's 'monkey defense' paves way to semifinals

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, Modified: March 12, 2010 at 12:37 am •  Published: March 11, 2010

It may have a funny name, but you can't question the results.

Sparked by what the Midwest City girls call a "monkey defense," the Bombers withstood an early charge by Tulsa Union to roll to a 44-24 victory on Thursday afternoon at Catoosa High in a girls Class 6A quarterfinal.

Midwest City plays in the semifinals at 9 p.m. Friday at Oral Roberts' Mabee Center.

The Bombers have been the biggest favorite in any class to walk away with the gold ball, but the Redskins kept it close as it was tied 13-13 at halftime.

"We just had to keep calm. We were a little nervous, but you have to play through it," junior Kaylon Williams said.

There were no nerves in the third quarter as Midwest City caused seven turnovers en route to a 17-5 advantage that put the Bombers up for good. Senior Tarrington Oakes had two 3-pointers in the quarter.

It wasn't the best shooting day for MWC, but the defense was relentless, holding Tulsa Union scoreless for the first three minutes of every quarter.

Paced by Williams and senior star Richa Jackson, Midwest City had 13 blocks.

"I'm just so proud of the girls and the way we played on defense. It's always good to get that first one over with," Williams said.

Williams led the Bombers with 16 points and seven rebounds. Jackson, who was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Oklahoma on Thursday, added 11 points.

Tulsa Union's Larrielle Giles had seven points for the Redskins, who end their season at 207.

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