Lenora Love has experienced a lot of familiarity during the 20-year anniversary of her senior year at Douglass High School.
Her daughter, senior Te'era Williams, carried the Trojans to their first girls basketball state tournament since that year. And now, the mother and daughter share the distinction of being The Oklahoman Little All-City Players of the Year, twenty years apart.
Love shared the honor with a teammate, Rita Banks. But for Williams, the honor is hers alone after she loaded the Trojans on her back and carried them to the state tournament, averaging 27.3 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals per game.
The next-highest scoring average for Douglass (15-12) was eight points per game.
Williams said having to take games over was sometimes frustrating, but that she learned a lot from the experience.
“It was a great season,” Williams said. “We got further than anybody thought we would. We came together and played. It could have been better, but we did good.
“I had to learn how to carry a team and be strong.”
Love said there were times in the past when she thought her daughter should have been more aggressive, so being forced to score the bulk of her team's points helped her grow.
“This year, we've seen her put a little more into taking over the games,” Love said. “I think she's grown a lot this year.”
Williams' college future is now uncertain. She signed with Grambling State months ago, but after coach Donnita Rogers was fired in March, Williams no longer wants to play there.
She is working on getting a release from her letter of intent, and until she does, she can't talk to any other NCAA Division I schools.
Williams said she's now interested in Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Wichita State.