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Girls High School Basketball Player of the Week: Grace Hadley, Bethany

Hadley has had to play an even greater role in Bethany's scoring in recent weeks after another of its top players suffered a knee injury.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 4, 2013

The offense gives Bethany — and especially Hadley — plenty of freedom to improvise.

But it also demands plenty from the players.

“You can rely more on instincts,” Hadley said. “It opens up the game so much where we have to read off each other and read more defenses instead of running set plays.

“I love the offense and love what Coach Black has done this year with it.”

Coming off her career-best performance, Hadley and the Bronchos get a tough challenge Tuesday when they play at Class 5A No. 7 Piedmont.

Piedmont beat Bethany 61-44 in the opening round of the SNU/Bethany Classic last month.

“It's a huge measuring stick for us,” Hadley said. “It will show us how far we've come in the last month. To be able to go up against a team like that that made the state tournament in 4A last year and is one of the best teams in 5A will tell us a lot about ourselves.

“It'll give us a baseline to see where we're at as we get closer to the playoffs.”

The Class 4A No. 14 Bronchos will need it, with No. 3 Weatherford, No. 5 Mount St. Mary and No. 11 Heritage Hall in their area come playoff time.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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