Girls basketball roundup: Adrienne Berry leads St. Mary to Heart of Oklahoma semifinals

Berry scores 12 points in the second quarter, which helps the Rockets rout Lone Grove.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: January 23, 2014

Adrienne Berry likes to be a spark for Mount St. Mary.

When the shots start falling for the junior, she is just that for the second-ranked Rockets.

Thursday against Lone Grove, Berry's spark came in the form of 12 points in the second quarter that ignited St. Mary to a 70-31 girls basketball rout in the opening round of the Heart of Oklahoma Tournament in Purcell.

“I try to be the little spark and get us up,” said Berry, who finished with 17 points. “We're starting to come together. We play together as a team and since we made it to state last year, we're just trying to get back there and improve all the time.”

St. Mary plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals against Purcell, which held off Byng 31-26 Thursday.

Early in the game, though, the Rockets were a tad sluggish, leading just 10-6 after one quarter.

But they opened the second with a 20-2 run in which Berry scored all 12 of her points that quarter to firmly take control of the game.

“From where she was this time last year, she's improved immensely,” St. Mary coach Rory Hamilton said. “She's such a gifted athlete and a tremendous shooter. We're trying to get her to become a better defender and get to the rim more to become a well-rounded player.”

Hamilton wasn't pleased with the slow start, but he was happy with how his team recovered.

“We were just a step slow and a day late early,” he said. “I thought for the most part, we battled through the sluggish part and played unselfishly.”

Senior Jordan Braun added 13 points for the Rockets, who forced more than 20 turnovers.


Mustang nearly erased a 20-point deficit, but Edmond Memorial held on with strong defense in the final two minutes of a 52-45 victory at Deer Creek's Bruce Gray Invitational.

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by Scott Wright
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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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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