Anadarko's Lakota Beatty was selected as the Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year, it was announced Thursday.
Beatty, an Oklahoma State signee, averaged 20.1 points, 5.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game for the Lady Warriors. Anadarko made it to the Class 4A semifinals.
As a junior, Beatty was an Oklahoman Super Five selection after leading her team to a state title.
The award honors athletic excellence as well as academic achievement and character on and off the court.
With the award, Beatty is a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
Previous winners include Edmond Santa Fe's Courtney Walker (2012), Midwest City's Ashley Clark (2011), Midwest City's Richa Jackson (2010), Adair's Kevi Luper (2009), Sapulpa's Alyssia Brewer (2008) and Sequoyah-Tahlequah's Angel Goodrich (2007).
CARL ALBERT HOLDS FUNDRAISER
Kyle Staggs couldn't be at Carl Albert's game Thursday against Dale, but the Titans still used the game as a fundraiser for Staggs' Make-A-Wish Foundation trip to Disney World.
The gate proceeds from the game between top-ranked teams were donated to the cause, and other donations were accepted at the game.
The Titans wore a patch honoring Staggs.
The game didn't go Carl Albert's way, though.
The Class 2A No. 1 Pirates scored eight runs in the sixth to break a 3-all tie and come out with an 11-3 win.
Hunter Pinkston's grand slam capped the inning.
Ole Miss signee Evan Anderson struck out 10 and allowed just one hit in four innings as Dale took a 3-0 lead before the Titans tied it in the fifth.
DEER CREEK'S BURNETT PICKS ORU
Deer Creek sprinter Kirsten Burnett has decided on her college future, verbally committing to the Oral Roberts track program on Wednesday.
Burnett won four gold medals at the Class 5A state track meet last season, including individual victories in the 100 and 200 meters. She was named The Oklahoman's Big All-City Girls Track Athlete of the Year.
Burnett picked ORU over Oklahoma Baptist.
“I felt very at home there. I knew I'd be comfortable,” Burnett said of ORU. “I think there's a lot of potential to grow individually and as a program.”
MIDWEST CITY, OKEMAH WIN POWERLIFTING TITLES
Midwest City and Okemah won state powerlifting state titles last weekend at the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association's state powerlifting meet at McLoud High School.
McAlester's Caden Pratt earned the large class' lightweight squatter, lightweight deadlifter and lightweight overall lifter titles. Wetumka's Derrick Moore also earned a trio of individual honors in the small class, taking the heavyweight squatter, heavyweight bencher and overall heavyweight lifter titles.
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