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High school basketball: The Oklahoman's picks for Classes 6A-2A

The Oklahoman's writers make their picks for this week's state basketball tournaments.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 3, 2013

Class 6A Boys

Ryan Aber: Midwest City. The Bombers don't have a standout star like they've had in the past but the way Midwest City plays defense makes them the favorite coming into the tournament.

Ed Godfrey: Edmond Memorial. Point guard and Oklahoma signee Jordan Woodard will shine in state tournament.

Jacob Unruh: Edmond Memorial. The Bulldogs have upset Midwest City once, and can definitely do it again.

Scott Wright: Midwest City. There's a reason “defense wins championships” became a cliché. Because it's true, and nobody plays better defense than the Bombers.

Class 6A Girls

Ryan Aber: Edmond Santa Fe. There's no winner that's easier to pick in any class than this one. Santa Fe has been dominant since losing to Putnam City very early.

Ed Godfrey: Edmond Santa Fe. The Wolves are clearly the class of 6A girls' basketball with their outstanding guard play.

Jacob Unruh: Edmond Santa Fe. The heavy favorite, there hasn't been much of a challenge thus far for the Wolves.

Scott Wright: Edmond Santa Fe. Aside from an early season slip-up, the Wolves have been dominant.

Class 5A Boys

Ryan Aber: Bishop McGuinness. There's just something about the Irish once they get to the tournament. Sophomore Will Lienhard gives the Irish a defensive force in the middle.

Ed Godfrey: Tulsa Memorial. Hot team heading into the state tournament.

Jacob Unruh: Bishop McGuinness. Irish was upset by Lawton MacArthur on Friday, but still unlikely to slow down.

Scott Wright: Southeast. Southeast's Rashawn Thomas, an unheralded 6-foot-7 forward, will prove himself as one of the state's best players.

Class 5A Girls

Ryan Aber: Shawnee. The Wolves have shown some vulnerability at times, but McKenzie Cooper's play has sparked Shawnee of late and will lift it to a repeat.

Ed Godfrey: Shawnee. Defending state champs will win it again.

Jacob Unruh: Deer Creek. Antlers are on fire, winning 12 straight. This is the right time for that.

Scott Wright: Shawnee. Wendi Wells' squad plays sound basketball, and they know how to win.

Class 4A Boys

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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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