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High school basketball: A look at the season's top performances

Stephen Clark's 51-point game, Jordan Woodard's tip-in and the Mount St. Mary girls' run were just a few of our writers' season highlights.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 17, 2013

Biggest surprise

Ryan Aber: Turner's 59-43 win over Frontier in the Class A girls first round. The Lady Falcons came into the state tournament ranked 10th and facing second-ranked and defending state champion Frontier. Freshman Sierra Parker helped hold Frontier star Marissa Goodman in check with her strong defense, and Turner blew out to a 22-9 lead after one and held on to pull off the tournament's biggest upset.

Ed Godfrey: Alva's young Lady Goldbugs reaching the 2A state finals. The Lady Goldbugs reached their sixth state championship game in school history starting three sophomores and a freshman.

Jacob Unruh: Mount St. Mary girls reaching Class 4A championship game. Mount St. Mary had yet to win a state tournament game, but beat Byng in the quarterfinals. Then the most impressive thing happened: a win over the heavy favorite for a repeat championship and top-ranked Anadarko in the semifinals. Fort Gibson ultimately beat St. Mary in the championship, but it was a surprising and fun run to watch.

Scott Wright: Chickasha boys reaching 5A semifinals. There never appeared to be a dominant team in Class 5A, but the top teams seemed to be pretty clear. For a team outside the top 10 to break through and go to the semifinals — defeating Southeast, one of the favorites in the field — was incredibly impressive.


Best finish

Ryan Aber: Jordan Woodard's final few seconds to give Edmond Memorial a 49-48 win. Woodard was playing with a torn hamstring that he suffered in the semifinals, keeping his offensive production way down in the final two games. But when Memorial needed its star, he was there. Woodard had a terrific steal off an inbounds pass, kept the ball inbounds with enough awareness to find a teammate as he was saving it, then delivered the final tip-in as the buzzer sounded to give the Bulldogs a stunning title win.

Ed Godfrey: Ashford Golden's tip-in at the buzzer in double overtime gave Millwood a semifinals win over two-time defending state champ Centennial. It happened the night after the Falcons got a tremendous break when Trey Johnson of Hugo mistakenly shot at the wrong goal and made the game-winning layup for Millwood.

Jacob Unruh: Taylor Mendell's game-winning free throw in a double-overtime victory against Leedey in Class B girls quarterfinals. Mendell had missed the game-winning free throw in regulation, only to get a second chance in double overtime with 3.9 seconds remaining. It kept Lomega's season alive before falling in the championship game.

Scott Wright: Trevyn Woolbright's game-winner for Sterling in the first round of the Class A boys state tournament. The play broke down around him, and Woolbright improvised, coming open around the top of the key and hitting a 15-footer at the buzzer for a 63-61 win over Wright City. It was Sterling's first state tournament win and the 500th career coaching victory for Woolbright's father, Bink Woolbright.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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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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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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