Deer Creek girls basketball coach Totsy Manning has had plenty of good teams during her time coaching four different schools.
Saturday, she'll get her first shot at coaching in a championship game when her Antlers face Shawnee for the Class 5A girls title.
“I've been here (in the state tournament) lots of times, but this is the first championship game,” Manning said. “It's about time.”
Manning also was the head coach at Binger-Oney, El Reno and Choctaw before taking over at Deer Creek.
There is state championship history in Manning's family, though.
Her father-in-law, Henry Manning, was the longtime football coach at Del City and coached the Eagles to the 1976 Class 4A title.
OWASSO COACH ‘NOT A PROPONENT OF SHOT CLOCKS'
Edmond Memorial controlled the basketball for all but 30 seconds of the second overtime period in their 53-50 victory over Owasso in the Class 6A semifinals.
Before senior guard Aaron Young's game winner at the buzzer, the Bulldogs held the ball for nearly two minutes on that possession alone.
Still, Owasso coach Mark Vancuren said after the game that he wouldn't be in favor of installing a shot clock for high-school games.
“I am not a proponent of the shot clock,” Vancuren said. “It's chess not checkers. You go out there and play and use strategy and things at your disposal as a coach to arrive at the desired outcome.
“They got it right where they wanted it and shot it in the hole and got one more than we did.”
MAN DEFENSE HELPS IRISH
As the top-ranked Bishop McGuinness boys tried to rally from what was virtually a game-long deficit against Chickasha in the Class 5A semifinals, the Irish made a defensive switch that proved critical.
“We're usually a zone team on defense, and we haven't played very much man this year,” said senior David Love, who led all scorers with 16 points. “We tried to go into a zone press, and it was working for a little bit, but they figured out something.”
The Irish took the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter, and ended up winning 50-40 to advance to Saturday's title game.
“We had to go straight man, and it's probably the third or fourth time we've ever done that this year,” Love said. “It just got the tempo up, and got our momentum back. I think that's what started the comeback.”
SANTA FE ALREADY LOOKING AT RETURN
As his players streamed out of the locker room, many in tears, Edmond Santa Fe coach Paul Bass was already turning his attention toward next season.