Class A and B state tournament notebook: Okarche's Madison Lee playing with torn ACL

Madison Lee re-tore her ACL during last week’s area final win against Buffalo Valley. That didn’t deter her as she started for the Warriors during Thursday’s 74-46 quarterfinal win against Burlington.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: March 6, 2014
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It’s been a tough season for Okarche junior Madison Lee.

After missing nearly all of the regular season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, Lee returned just before the playoffs.

However, she re-tore the ACL during last week’s area final win against Buffalo Valley. That didn’t deter her as she started for the Warriors during Thursday’s 74-46 quarterfinal win against Burlington.

“It’s tender and she’s tentative on it,” Okarche coach Cherie Myers said. “When it got into a rebounding battle, I don’t know how much (strength she had in it). Part of it’s mental. She hasn’t had much time to adjust to it.”

Lee registered just one assist for the Warriors, who were outrebounded 23-17.

“I am concerned about it,” Myers said about the rebounding. “We talked about it a lot. We’ve got to block out, we’ve got to rebound. That’s what creates our offense because we rebound and kick it out.

“We can’t be fighting for those rebounds, we’ve got to put a body on somebody. So, yeah, we need to get that fixed by tomorrow.”

SW COVENANT OVERWHELMED IN FIRST STATE APPEARANCE

Southwest Covenant had no answer for Arnett star Tyler Tune, who had 22 points, during Thursday night’s 63-43 loss in the first round of the Class B state tournament at Carl Albert.

But it was their offensive struggles that were most disappointing for the Patriots in their first ever state tournament game.

“We just got too antsy shooting the ball,” said Southwest Covenant coach Kevin Cobbs. “We have a young squad and being on this stage, those things are going to happen. We were overwhelmed by it.”

The Patriots are hoping to build off the experience going into next season. They’ll return their top three leading scorers next season in Josh McMinn, R.J. Harms, and J. Brock Crockett-Beck. McMinn scored a team-high 16 points on Thursday night.


by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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