High school basketball: East sweeps boys and girls All-City games

Some of the city’s star players had a chance to play with — and against — each other.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 29, 2014

DEL CITY — Jordan Gilbert and Jasauen Beard have been friends for a long time.

They do lots of things together, from playing AAU basketball to even committing and signing at Oral Roberts.

They finally got their chance to play on a high school court together Thursday night, combining to score 37 points in East’s 90-71 victory over West in the Big All-City girls basketball game at John Smith Fieldhouse.

Beard, a standout at Midwest City, led the way with 21 points. He added 10 rebounds and three steals.

Gilbert, who starred at nearby Carl Albert, scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“I’ve been playing for Jordy since middle school,” Beard said. “We’re looking forward to playing together the next four years.”

The East started three Division I players, including Beard and Gilbert. Norman standout Taylor Ely recently signed with Colorado State and finished with five points.

She also has familiarity with Beard and Gilbert, having been on the same AAU team.

“It’s good to get back on the court on the same team, instead of against each other,” Ely said. “It was a lot of fun.”

The West was led by Edmond Santa Fe’s Tamara Lee, who was The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year. She scored 17 points and also won the 3-point contest at halftime.

But the show belonged to the ORU duo. They were anxious to show what they can do at the next level, and that resulted in a blowout that started from the beginning of the game.

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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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