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High school basketball: Lakota Beatty takes after her father

Anadarko senior has a similar game to her dad, who played at Mount St. Mary and Oklahoma City University.
by Jacob Unruh Modified: March 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm •  Published: March 5, 2013

Similar to her father, Beatty has already signed to play college basketball — at Oklahoma State — and was a member of The Oklahoman's Super Five in 2012. She is also a strong candidate to be named this season's Player of the Year and is averaging more than 17 points and 4.6 assists per game.

And she hears the on-court comparisons.

“People just tell me he's a good shooter and I can shoot like him,” Beatty said.

Lakota's likeness to her father on the court goes beyond just shooting. De la Garza was shocked in the similarities when he first saw Lakota play her sophomore season.

“She naturally has the same stance, when she puts the ball down she can go by you, she can step people off, her shot motion is just like her dad in every way including the fact that he goes,” de la Garza said. “He was a great shooter, and so is she.”

George Beatty says he hasn't done much to help Lakota come along, but that's likely far from the case.

“My dad, he's really basketball smart,” Lakota Beatty said. “He just tells me what to do, and usually what he says is the outcome of what happens.”

This season, she has improved tremendously on the defensive end of the floor, and in the process has become a better player.

“She has became a very good defensive player, better at getting assists, getting steals,” Anadarko coach Jeff Zinn said. “She's an all-around player right now.”

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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