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.
Norman North missing Williams
Norman North will need all the firepower it can find to upset No. 1 Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Tia Williams’ absence is likely to be felt.
Williams was averaging 12 points per game before suffering a hip fracture in late February.
But the Timberwolves still have three double-figure scorers, led by Bri Kuestersteffen, who averages 17.2 points per game and has scored more than 1,400 for her career.
Junior Haley Woodard adds 13.6 points per game, and Alexa Scott averages 10.2 points and 10.6 rebounds.
Santa Fe, Midwest City back again
There are certain teams you get used to seeing in the state tournament bracket on a fairly regular basis.
Lately in Class 6A girls play, Edmond Santa Fe and Midwest City have been among them.
Santa Fe is led by Tamara Lee, who is bound for the University of Denver, at 15.7 points per game. Midwest City’s Jasuean Beard averages 13.0 points and is headed for Oral Roberts.