Classes 5A-6A notebook: Deer Creek's Totsy Manning shooting for first title

Manning has been at the state tournament before, but the gold ball has been elusive.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Modified: March 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm •  Published: March 8, 2013
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The Wolves lose three seniors, just one a starter, going into next year.

They return leading scorer Tamara Lee and plenty of other players that helped boost Santa Fe to a 24-2 season.

Last year's state title team lost seven seniors, including four starters.

“You've got to go through losses here to get to where you want to get back to where we want to be,” Bass said. “There are a lot of girls in there that are hurting, but they'll remember what this is like.”

PARKER'S RETURN HELPS DEVERS SHINE

When Bixby star Stevi Parker went down with a stress fracture in her right foot in mid-January, virtually all of the attention from opposing defenses focused on Christina Devers.

Since Parkers' return for the playoffs, Devers has seen things open up offensively.

“Oh, it's helped me tremendously to have her back,” Devers said. “She's such an amazing player. When she was gone, we just knew we had to win enough to keep our seed. If we could stay there without her, we knew we'd be OK when she got back.”

Parker didn't have a great offensive day Friday in a 52-46 win over Tulsa Union, but she drew plenty of attention away from Devers, allowing the guard to score a game-high 31.

ROBERTS CAME UP CLUTCH FOR IRISH

Bishop McGuinness senior Greg Roberts' 3-pointer with 5:54 remaining gave his team its final lead in a semifinal win over Chickasha.

Roberts finished with nine points on two treys and three late fourth-quarter free throws that helped sealed the Irish's victory.

“When you're growing up, you just dream of stepping up to that free-throw line with the game on the line,” Roberts said.

The Irish didn't return any starters from last year's Class 5A championship team.

In fact, Love is the only current Irish player to have seen any minutes at all in last season's title-game win over Tulsa East Central.

“Greg is a guy that waited his turn,” said Irish coach Tondrell Durham. “If all players just wait their turn, work hard, they can be in Greg's position.

“He waited his turn, and I'm happy to see that he gets a chance to play for a state championship.”

 

SHAQ-ISMS
Edmond Memorial senior Shaquille Morris scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in his team’s double-overtime semifinal win over Owasso.
Morris on teammate Aaron Young’s game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer:
“When I saw the clock going down, ‘5, 4 ...’ I was just sitting there under the rim, like, ‘Please, just attack the rim, do something with it.’
“He shot it, and I was just thinking, ‘Tip-dunk, tip-dunk, tip-dunk.’ It went in, and I just looked at it roll out the net, and it was just perfect.”
Morris, when asked if his team would have anything left in the tank for Saturday’s title game:
“Definitely. We’re gonna have it all in the tank. Something you all have never seen before.”
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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
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 Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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