Anadarko guard Lakota Beatty said the broken index finger she suffered in the Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals no longer bothers her when shooting, despite never actually seeing a doctor.
“It's better now,” she said. “I mean, I've been shooting and it does hurt. I've broken my pinkie before and it's crooked, but I never got that fixed either.”
Asked to clarify if the finger is bothering her when she shoots, Beatty responded, “No, it's not. It does hurt some if I try to write or something, but it doesn't affect my shot.”
Beatty, an Oklahoma State signee and member of The Oklahoman's Super 5, admitted her finger was a factor in Anadarko's semifinal loss to Mount St. Mary and it forced her to attack the basket more.
“My finger was really tight,” she said. “I never went and got checked on it, but it really did mess my shot up.”
SHAWNEE'S ROBINSON PICKS CORNELL
A gifted athlete in both volleyball and track, Shawnee senior Jasmine Robinson has decided to continue her athletic career with the Cornell University volleyball team.
Robinson signed her letter of intent on Thursday.
Robinson was a second-team selection on The Oklahoman's All-City volleyball team in the fall. She was a first-team Big All-City hurdler last spring, while helping Shawnee to the Class 5A state track title.
BIG ALL-CITY BASKETBALL GAMES SET MAY 30
The Big All-City boys and girls basketball games have been set for Thursday, May 30 at Del City High School.
The girls game will tip off at 6:30 p.m., and the boys will follow at 8.
The rosters and coaches for the game will be announced at a later date.
MOUNT ST. MARY'S BETHUNE STEPS DOWN
Mount St. Mary is seeking a new volleyball coach after Kenneth Bethune stepped down recently.
The Rockets were routinely in the hunt for state tournament berths under Bethune, who is moving out of state and will not continue to coach volleyball.
A young, talented team, Mount St. Mary is expected to be a contender in Class 4A again next fall.
SIMS, SEIFRIED AMONG WEATHERFORD HONOREES
Former Oklahoma Sooner Wes Sims and track coach Dennis Seifried are among eight inductees into the Weatherford Athletic Hall of Fame next month.
Sims was an offensive lineman and track standout at Weatherford before becoming an All-Big 12 football player at OU.
He and Seifried, who has coached Weatherford to two state titles and four runner-up finishes in track, will be joined at the induction by the 1973 Weatherford state championship baseball team, late sports writer Thomas Lee and athletes Mike Sawatzky, Colby Miller, Clay Bruner, Mark Lumpkin, Chelly Belanger-Quinn and Tim Ray.
Sawatzky was an all-conference football player at OU. Miller was drafted as a pitcher by the Minnesota Twins out of high school and spent nine seasons in the team's minor league system.