DEL CITY — The school year keeps getting better and better for Destiny Christian.
Both the girls and boys basketball teams won the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association titles for the second straight season Friday, repeating as champions for the first time in school history and continuing a string of dominance in the league over the past two years.
“Ever since my sophomore year, my class has been the athletic class,” senior girls basketball player Ciarra McKinney said. “We're really athletic and good at what we do.”
The Wildcats were led by McKinney in the girls game and Logan Batley in the boys game, performances that earned them both of The Oklahoman's Basketball Player of the Week honors.
Batley, a 6-foot-3 senior who can play guard or forward, scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in Destiny Christian's 52-36 rout of Providence (Ark.), which won the matchup of the two teams three days earlier.
“I knew it was going to be a great game,” Batley said. “I had no doubt in my mind that we were going to win. The first game we played Providence, we had a bad game. We just knew that never happened in our season, so we knew we were going to come back.”
And come back the Wildcats did, turning what was a one-point loss in overtime the first time into a rout.
Batley was a huge part of that, moving from outside the arch to inside the paint.
“We felt like moving him in the paint was going to give us an advantage,” Destiny Christian boys coach Chris Hamel said. “That really became clear because he was able to get some good looks inside on the block, and he controlled the glass.”
McKinney, meanwhile, recorded her 15th double-double of the season with 20 points and 14 rebounds in a 60-49 victory over Providence.
“We always call her, ‘The Game Changer,'” Destiny Christian girls coach Lori Janzen said. “She's the one who comes in, and she scores a lot for us, her rebounds are amazing, but not only that she gets a lot of steals and assists.”
It was another rematch for the Wildcats. Like the boys, the girls lost three days earlier by one point in overtime.
A simple adjustment in game also helped. The Wildcats switched from a man defense to a zone, slowing the game down and allowing them to pull away.
“When we pulled back into that zone, the girls just came alive,” Janzen said.
The boys finished with a 28-4 record, while the girls finished 20-6.
Now, Destiny Christian owns seven OCSAA state championships since the start of the 2012-13 school year.
The Wildcats have won back-to-back titles in football, boys basketball and girls basketball. They hope to add another back-to-back in baseball this spring.
“Our class is a pretty athletic class and probably the most athletic we've ever seen at this school,” Batley said. “This team is really special to me because we've been together since third grade, and I would never have thought we'd come this far. It's just really special that we could do it with the same members of the team.”