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Looking back: Oklahoman Girls Basketball Super 5 players from 5, 15 and 25 years ago

The 2009 Super 5 class had four members go on to play Division I basketball.
by Jacob Unruh Published: April 6, 2014
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photo - Duke's Richa Jackson dribbles the ball ahead of  Virginia's Kelsey Wolfe, left, during the second half of an NCAA women's college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Durham, N.C. Duke won 90-55.  (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)
Duke's Richa Jackson dribbles the ball ahead of Virginia's Kelsey Wolfe, left, during the second half of an NCAA women's college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Durham, N.C. Duke won 90-55. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)

2009

Three of the five Super 5 players went on to highly successful college careers that culminated in them becoming their program’s all-time leader in at least one category. Super 5 Player of the Year Kevi Luper, of Adair, became Oral Robert’s all-time leading scorer alongside other categories, while Toni Young, of Del City, became Oklahoma State’s block leader and Taylor Thompson, of Cache, became Fresno State’s steals leader. Richa Jackson, of Midwest City, just completed her senior season at Duke.

1999

Player of the Year Tara Newnam, of Preston, went on to play at Southeastern Oklahoma State following a season in which she dominated Class 2A, earning this review from then Oklahoma Christian School coach Mickie Gaines: “We knew about her, but we didn’t know she’d score 43 points against us. She made the 20-point club, but she was in her own club. ... Junior Iciss Tillis, of Cascia Hall, went on to star at Duke and is the daughter of boxer James “Quick” Tillis, who fought for the heavyweight title in 1981.

1989

Player of the Year Marcie Yarbrough, of Kingfisher, played at Langston University following a two-year stint at Southwestern Oklahoma State and a one-year stop at Seminole Junior College. She was named to the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Women’s Second Team as a senior. She led Kingfisher to the 1989 Class 3A title, averaging 26.8 points per game.

by Jacob Unruh
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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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