High schools: Harrah girls basketball team continues to make strides

Making the Class 4A state basketball tournament last year did one thing for Harrah this season: build confidence.
by Jacob Unruh Published: January 12, 2014

Making the Class 4A state basketball tournament last year did one thing for Harrah this season: build confidence.

The Bethany Classic was a demonstration of exactly how much confidence the fifth-ranked Panthers possess this season.

They were completely dominant, running through three top-20 teams in Class 5A for the championship, and in turn putting on display a talent level reminiscent of the 2010 team that finished as Class 4A's runner-up.

“The resiliency is obviously a big part of it,” Harrah coach Curt Knox said. “We were 5A for a long time, and stepping back down, these kids didn't necessarily believe, I think to the certain point, what Harrah basketball is all about because of those two years (we missed the state tournament).”

Following the 2010 heartbreaking loss to Cache, Harrah found itself on the outside looking in the next two seasons. It returned last season, only to fall to Cushing in the quarterfinals.

But the entire time, players such as Blake Blessington and Darian Hill were maturing.

Now, they're the leaders of a team turning heads.

“We learned to work together and get more confidence in us, because honestly I think we had a lack of confidence,” Hill said. “Now, our confidence is boosted and we really trust each other.”

Knox said he's purposely created a tough schedule for his team, including scrimmages against Class 6A teams Edmond Memorial and Mustang, while also scrimmaging Redlands Community College.

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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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