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High school notebook: Edlam in first round of women's NCAA Tournament

Formed Edmond Santa Fe standout Courtney Walker and former Edmond Memorial Alie Decker will meet in the first round.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: March 18, 2013
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photo - Texas A&M guard Courtney Walker (33) gets by a diving Tennessee guard Taber Spani (13) during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference tournament, Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis) ORG XMIT: GAJA101
Texas A&M guard Courtney Walker (33) gets by a diving Tennessee guard Taber Spani (13) during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference tournament, Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis) ORG XMIT: GAJA101

Last season, Edmond Santa Fe's Courtney Walker and Edmond Memorial's Alie Decker met in the Class 6A state championship game at ORU's Mabee Center in Tulsa.

Saturday, Walker's and Decker's new teams will meet up in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in College Station, Texas.

Walker has started every game for Texas A&M as a freshman, averaging 4.9 points. She's also No. 2 in assists on the Aggies.

Decker has played sparingly, starting one game and playing in five overall in helping Wichita State to the tournament for the first time in the school's history.

Several other former Oklahoma girls basketball stars who went out-of-state for college will be playing in the tournament.

Midwest City's Richa Jackson is averaging 5.6 points and 17.5 minutes per game for second-seeded Duke, which hosts Hampton. Cache's Taylor Thompson is a starter for 15th-seeded Fresno State, averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 assists. Fresno State opens the tournament against No. 2-seeded Cal. Also, Norman's Ashley Bruner averaged 10.0 points and 7.9 rebounds as a starter for No. 4-seeded South Carolina, which opens against South Dakota State.

MORRIS, PETERS NAMED CONFERENCE'S TOP PLAYERS

Boys basketball players Edmond Memorial's Shaquille Morris and Piedmont's Cameron Peters were named the Players of the Year in their respective conferences recently.

Morris, a 6-foot-8 Wichita State signee, averaged nearly 18 points and nine rebounds per game for the state champion Bulldogs to earn top honors in the Mid-State Conference.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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 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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