Oklahoma City Storm star Chauncey Collins had one more dazzling performance in a high school uniform saved up.
The TCU signee and The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year scored 45 points and ended his high school career with a demonstrative dunk in a 108-102 West victory over East in the Little All-City game at Redlands Community College in El Reno.
“My last home school game for the national championship I had 56, and this game it felt great to have 45,” Collins said. “Getting coached by my coach (Kurt Talbott) one last time, I wanted to send him out with a bang as well as myself.”
The final play came on a free throw with 5.1 seconds remaining in the game. Collins tossed the ball off the backboard and flew through the lane to dunk it. Though illegal, it sent the crowd into frenzy.
“Man, we had one more play in me,” Collins said. “It was the last high school game ever, so I just decided to go out with a bang.”
Collins turned the game around for West, scoring 13 straight points in the fourth quarter, but he was unable to stop Douglass’ Antonio Wilson from scoring a game-tying layup to force overtime. Collins then scored the final six points to win the game and MVP honors.
Douglass’ Isaiah Shaputis led East with 16 points to earn team MVP honors, while Wilson added 15 and Lexington’s Jake Blanchard scored 13.
John Marshall’s Malix Foxx scored 15 points, while Centennial’s Malcolm Mitchell Jr. scored 14 points and Millwood’s Ashford Golden added 12 for West.
WAKEFIELD DOMINATES FOR EAST
Erika Wakefield is trying to be patient waiting to report to Tulsa on June 16.
She was certainly patient and efficient in the Little All-City basketball game, dominating the West to lift East to a 69-36 victory.
Wakefield, who led Heritage Hall to the Class 3A semifinals, was named East MVP and scored 11 points. She also finished with seven rebounds, six steals and four assists.
“I felt very comfortable,” she said. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, so it wasn’t that much different. I thought I was going to be a little tired, but I pushed through it.”
The East trailed for most of the first half, but took the lead for good when Wellston’s Lakota Thompson scored late in the second for a 22-20 advantage. The East then went on a 27-2 run that lasted past the halfway point in the third.
Okarche’s Morgan Vogt led the West with nine points.
Jones’ Teddi Homan led the East with 15 points, and Thompson finished with 13.
CHOCTAW’S CRAFT RETIRES
For the first time in 27 years, Choctaw is looking for a new baseball coach.
Last week, longtime coach Mark Craft announced his retirement at the school’s sports banquet, ending a run that began in 1987.
“I was only with him for nine months, but I know he’s been here, been to the state tournament numerous times and just did a fabulous job with the kids and our program,” Choctaw athletic director Todd Dilbeck said. “Our goal right now is to find that person who can keep it and take it to the next level like he did.”
The Yellowjackets are fresh off making the Class 6A state tournament, where they lost in the opening round to Jenks.
Dilbeck said the search has already begun for Craft’s replacement and that interviews could begin as early as Friday.
“Our goal is try to get it done as quick as we can, find the person that fits best for us at Choctaw,’ Dilbeck said.
MOUNT ST. MARY HIRES COPELAND
After a three-year stint at Norman, Nichole Copeland was named the Mount St. Mary girls basketball coach Wednesday.
“This is an exciting moment for the Mount St. Mary girls basketball program and we are proud to welcome Coach Copeland as part of our Rocket family,” principal Talita DeNegri said in a release from the school.
Copeland spent 11 seasons at Mustang, where she led the Broncos to the state championship in 2006 along with a runner-up finish in 2007. She was also an assistant at Westmoore from 1996-2000.
Mount St. Mary has made the Class 4A state tournament the past three seasons, the most successful tenure in school history. Copeland replaces Rory Hamilton, who resigned recently to take the same position at Norman North.