Class A state basketball notebook: Sterling coach Rick Wilson back at state

Rick Wilson is in the state tournament for the 22nd time. He has now guided nine different teams to the tournament.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: February 25, 2013
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photo - Weatherford head coach Rick Wilson speaks to his team during a timeout during the Class 4A girls high school basketball state tournament semifinal game against Harrah Friday, March 12, 2009 at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City.  ORG XMIT: KOD
Weatherford head coach Rick Wilson speaks to his team during a timeout during the Class 4A girls high school basketball state tournament semifinal game against Harrah Friday, March 12, 2009 at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City. ORG XMIT: KOD

STERLING'S WOOLBRIGHT STRONG IN PLAYOFFS

For the season, Sterling guard Trevyn Woolbright is averaging 22.6 points per game, but that hardly reflects his postseason play.

In four playoff victories, the senior guard has scored 24, 37, 26 and 30 points, an average of 29.6 per game.

Woolbright also averages 4.7 assists per game, getting offensive help from the likes of Mickey Milam and Dillon White.

Milam averages 12.6 points and White adds 9.8, with both averaging better than nine rebounds per game.

FERGUSON COMING UP BIG FOR PC-HUNTER

Pond Creek-Hunter got a scare Friday when junior point guard Jade Jones, the Lady Panthers' leading scorer, went down with a knee injury in a 64-39 loss to Frontier.

Jones didn't have any ligaments torn in the knee and came back to play Saturday, though she aggravated the injury.

“She started off really well, then went down on a layup,” Pond Creek coach Tasha Diesselhorst said. “The rest of the time, she was just getting through. She was out there gritting her teeth through it but you could tell it bothered her.”

Jones is hopeful she'll be ready to go Thursday when the Lady Panthers open the Class A tournament against Cheyenne at 8:30 p.m. at Oklahoma City University.

With Jones limited, plenty of players came up big in a 55-51 win over Velma-Alma that sent Pond Creek-Hunter to the state tournament but none came up bigger than senior forward Carson Ferguson.

“She kind of carried us,” Diesselhorst said. “Even when she (Jones) came back in, Carson had one of her best games all year long.”

LAVERNE BOYS UP FOR CHALLENGE

Having qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 2008, this will be a new experience for the Laverne players.

But Drew Miller's team has responded to adversity well throughout the postseason. That includes winning five straight games while facing elimination.

And it includes Sunday's 51-40 win over Okarche, a team with much more postseason experience seeking its fifth straight trip to the state tournament.

“It just took a monumental team effort,” Miller said of the win. “We knew a couple things we had to do — not turn the ball over, make free throws, play good defense — and we did those three things.”

Seth Overstreet and Trevor Harris lead the Tigers, each averaging 17 points per game.

MUSTANGS GET YOUTHFUL BOOST

Fort Cobb-Broxton's road to the Class A girls state tournament was far from easy.

The Mustangs lost to Chattanooga, 41-35, in the regional finals then had to win three consecutive games in the area tournament to make the state tournament.

Friday night against Allen, Fort Cobb-Broxton was down by seven with 2:30 remaining.

The Mustangs reeled off 10 consecutive points in a stretch that lasted about two minutes and pulled off a 34-31 win to stay alive.

“That was a pretty big deal,” Mustangs coach James Biddy said. “That was a gut-check point for us.”

Fort Cobb is doing it with a lineup different that Biddy envisioned before the season as the Mustangs lost a pair of starters to injury.

Two sophomores — Sydney DeVaughan and Mikayla Sebastian — led Fort Cobb in scoring and freshman Aimee Wetselline is averaging 10 points per game coming off the bench.

The Mustangs have experience, too, as three of the seniors were on the school's state tournament team three years ago.


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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