Midwest City's Marisha Wallace looking for another state title

By Justin Harper, Staff Writer, jharper@opubco.com Modified: January 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm •  Published: January 17, 2011
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“She gives us a lot of freedom with what we can do with our (taller) girls,” said Midwest City coach Art Bode. “Usually, in high school, if you're six-foot, coaches make you a post. But that might not be the position you will play in college. With Marisha and our other girls, we can spread our big girls outside and do different things with them and get them ready for the next level.”

Wallace, who scored a career-high 25 points earlier this season against Edmond Memorial, is primed to head to the next level, even though the brutal knee injury last year could not have come at a worse time recruiting-wise.

“It was a game against Norman North,” she said. “I went up for a layup and I pivoted but my foot stayed planted on the ground and my knee just snapped. It hurt like someone took a hammer and smashed it into my knee.”

Eight months of rehab allowed Wallace to return in October. But she missed out on AAU ball in the summer, when recruiters flock to tournaments.

“Because of the injury, Marisha hasn't gotten the attention she would have,” said Bode. “But this season, people are noticing in a hurry. When we went to our (out-of-state tournaments) I had recruiters asking me, ‘Who's that girl?'”

Wallace is averaging 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season. Of course, considering that Midwest City routinely blows out foes, she rarely sees more than three quarters of a game. Plus, the Bombers are so loaded with talent, stats get spread out amongst a host of standouts.

“I've had some bad luck, but more good luck,” said Wallace. “I really feel good about where I am and where things are going.”


Boys Basketball Player of the Week

RYAN SPANGLER, BRIDGE CREEK

Spangler, who has signed with Gonzaga, recorded his third triple-double of the season in leading Class 4A No. 4 Bridge Creek to three wins last week to keep the Bobcats undefeated at 12-0. He averaged 32.3 points, 15.7 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game. In a 91-74 win over Crooked Oak on Friday, Spangler had 42 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.

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