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Girls basketball: Bria Dean scores 23 points as Millwood holds off Classen SAS

by Jacob Unruh Published: January 14, 2014

Millwood junior Bria Dean couldn't stop emphasizing the importance of Tuesday's game against Classen SAS.

She made sure her teammates were aware of that before the game.

Then she delivered herself, scoring 23 points and grabbing six rebounds to lead Class 2A No. 1 Millwood to a 57-52 victory over the upstart Comets.

“I didn't want to lose to them,” Dean said. “To be honest, it meant a lot. In the summer they beat us, so we wanted to come back and show them we're a better team and show them that we could just as good as they were.”

From tipoff, the Falcons were dominant.

They jumped 14-point lead in the second quarter, using a tough defense to overcome foul trouble that has been maddening for veteran coach Arnelia Spears.

“(The defense) was impressive, but it also knocked us out of our rhythm because we had two starters on the bench for the whole half,” Spears said. “I'm very concerned about it because it's a young team.”

Classen, ranked No. 12 in Class 4A with a 12-2 record, turned the ball over 14 times and struggled mightily in the first half. But the second half saw different — and better — results.

Millwood (9-2) led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter before Classen ended the game on an 11-2 run before time expired on the comeback attempt.

Freshman Taylor Roberts scored 10 of her game-high 24 points during the Comets' comeback efforts. She also finished with eight rebounds.


Edmond Memorial's Andee Decker hit a short jumper just before the buzzer as the 14th-ranked Bulldogs knocked off No. 7 Southmoore 41-39.

Southmoore, after starting the season 8-0, has now lost three straight games, all since losing forward Serithia Hawkins to an elbow injury. The Norman Transcript reported Tuesday that she would miss three to six weeks with the injury.

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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