Girls basketball roundup: Carl Albert makes adjustments, fights off Millwood

The Titans, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, never trailed against Class 2A No. 1 Millwood in their 39-31 victory at the Titan Classic.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: January 24, 2014
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Each time Carl Albert coach Tim Price looked at the scoreboard Friday night, he was surprised with the score.

The Titans, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, never trailed against Class 2A No. 1 Millwood in their 39-31 victory at the Titan Classic.

They even felt in control the entire time. They just thought they should have had more.

“It felt like we should have been up 12-15 if we would have hit some layups here and there,” Price said about the Titans' 19-13 halftime lead. “I really felt like we played a really, really solid defensive game and we rebounded well. We just never could get on a roll to push that led to double digits and put it away.”

Carl Albert (12-2) will face Class 6A No. 8 Bartlesville in the championship game of the tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Bruins opened the semifinals by holding off Norman 51-48 behind 16 points and 12 rebounds from Hailey Tucker.

Tucker, at 6-foot-2, provides a tough challenge for Carl Albert, which dealt masterfully with Millwood's size Friday with a 2-3 zone it rarely uses.

“We've played Millwood in the finals the last two years here and we've played probably 99 percent 2-3 zone because they're so big, they're so athletic and they'll just pound you to death with the boards,” Price said. “We've got to at least try to hold our own.”

Carl Albert opened the game on an 8-0 run and never really looked back, leading by as many as 12 in the second half. Millwood would get as close as five in the second half, but Carl Albert never lost control.

Oral Roberts signee Jordan Gilbert led the Titans with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bria Dean scored nine points for the Falcons on three treys.

SHAWNEE ROLLS INTO FINALS

After a red-hot first half, McKenzie Cooper's night came to a scary end early in the third quarter when the Shawnee senior came up limping on her surgically repaired knee.


by Scott Wright
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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
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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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