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Class 6A girls state basketball notes: Choctaw combining talented youth, experience

Choctaw coach Ryan Maloney has three seniors in his starting lineup, but don’t be fooled into thinking the Yellowjackets are a veteran team.
by Scott Wright Published: March 9, 2014
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Choctaw coach Ryan Maloney has three seniors in his starting lineup, but don’t be fooled into thinking the Yellowjackets are a veteran team.

Maloney also relies heavily on young players, with star freshman Ana Llanusa and sophomore Allyssa Sievert both in the starting lineup, and two more non-seniors playing significant roles.

“We started 9-0 and we grew a lot during that time,” Maloney said. “We had to figure some things out and keep getting better, and we have. We’re kind of getting it clicking again, getting on a roll. But we feel like we’ve got a good opportunity to compete up here, and it’ll be a good experience for our girls.”

Seniors Kiyra Baird, Addie Vernon and Jessica Madison are starters, with Vernon second on the team in scoring at nearly nine per game, and the 6-foot Madison providing a rebounding edge.

The Yellowjackets open against Sapulpa at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Skiatook.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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