Former Sooner Ashley Paris predicts big things for Carl Albert's Gioya Carter

SUPER 5 GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR — OU signee Gioya Carter got some help from former Sooner Ashley Paris, who helped coach Carter's AAU team. Paris says Carter is one of the most competitive players she's ever seen.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 13, 2013

Then in the first round of the state tournament against Tahlequah, Carter hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 25 seconds of the third quarter to put Carl Albert up six and send them to an eventual win.

“There are so many times that she made individual plays for us — whether it was hitting a 3, going on a two-on-one fast break and making a behind-the-back pass or in a lot of other ways,” Price said. “It just kind of got to the point where I was never surprised. By the time her senior year rolled around, we sort of expected it.

“It's going to be one of those things where we don't know what we had until we have to play without it.”

Still, Carter has things that she wants to improve in her game as she moves on to play for the Sooners.

“I've been working a lot on my jumper off the dribble,” she said. “I was doing it but kind of got away from it a little bit this year. The main other thing is my ball handling. It's OK but I'd like to be a lot better.”

Carter will fit in well with Sherri Coale's offense at OU, Paris said.

“The head coach of our team runs a lot of the same offense that Coach Coale uses,” Paris said. “As much as I could, knowing what she was going to be doing, I tried to help her understand what we were doing and what she'll do at OU.

“She's one of the most competitive players I've ever seen in my life. I think she's going to mean a lot to the University of Oklahoma.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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