Players like Talbott, Mark Malone, Wyett Dressler and Neaven Morgan, among others, showed the ability to step into the prime scoring role on any night, with the balanced attack playing a key role in the team's success.
“Every game, somebody different would step up,” said Malone, a sophomore. “Chauncey got everybody involved, and get us in good spots to score.”
Morgan, a senior in his first season with the Storm, came over from Mount St. Mary and saw the team gel from the start.
“We played twice as many games as the high school teams in the state, and that helped us — being on the road, being around each other more than normal teams,” Morgan said. “That helped us come together, and everybody fulfilled their role.”
The Storm only lost three times after Christmas, all to nationally ranked teams: Class 6A Midwest City, Prime Prep of Dallas, and Sunrise Christian.
The playoffs included a 52-50 regional final win over Trier and Tulsa NOAH, which added a spark to the postseason run.
“We wanted to win that game so bad,” Malone said.
With only two seniors on the roster, the Storm already has high expectations for next season.
“I'm anxious to get back out there and play now,” Collins said. “It feels good to say you're a national champ, but the season's over. We're ready to get back out there.”