Normally a team built around its perimeter shooting, Piedmont turned to junior post Mina Iyaye on Saturday during the Wildcats' 45-40 upset of Class B No. 1 Okarche to win the Buckle of the Wheatbelt championship.
Iyaye scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, helping Piedmont overcome a 29-24 deficit in the fourth quarter for the win and earn The Oklahoman's Player of the Week honors.
The Wildcats, who also beat Class 3A's Heritage Hall in overtime Friday, had fallen to Okarche the past two years in the tournament. Things even got off to a poor start Saturday when they fell behind Okarche 11-0 after one quarter.
Iyaye stepped up in the second half and helped change that. She scored 14 of her points then and helped ignite a 17-2 run in the fourth to take control of the game.