Hoping to avoid reinjuring his hamstring yet again, Edmond Memorial point guard Jordan Woodard says he believes he will be back in time for the playoffs next month.
The Oklahoma signee has missed multiple games on two occasions this season because of the injury, and is undergoing therapy to make sure the hamstring is fully healed before he returns to action.
Second-ranked Edmond Memorial, which has reached the state championship game in Class 6A each of the last two years, is 11-2 on the season, coming off a 52-46 loss at No. 1 Midwest City Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs (11-2) will conclude the regular season at Southmoore on Feb. 15.
GRAVES SETS TONE FOR EDMOND SANTA FE
Cameerah Graves' contributions to Edmond Santa Fe go far deeper than her scoring production.
Last year's clear leader on the Wolves was Courtney Walker, who is now starting for No. 16 Texas A&M. This year, that role falls on Graves.
“I think Cameerah learned from Courtney, especially, in how to finish,” Santa Fe coach Paul Bass said. “That what Courtney did so well, she never let the pressure get to her and you see those same things this year with how Cameerah's handling things.”
Graves helped lead No. 1 Santa Fe to a win over Putnam City on Tuesday night. The Pirates beat Santa Fe earlier in the year.
“I've started making better decisions this year more than anything,” Graves said. “That's just come with growing up.
“There were a lot of people that doubted us coming into the year because we lost four starters but we're playing up to the level we expected to be playing now.”
NORTHWEST'S ALEXANDER COMMITS TO SNU
Northwest Classen running back Lorenzo Alexander has verbally committed to Southern Nazarene in Bethany, according to his father, Charles.
Alexander played a key role in the Knights' resurgence this past season, earning first-team all-district, second-team Big All-City and honorable mention All-State honors.
Northwest Classen finished 4-6 in Class 5A's toughest district, but began the year 4-1, the school's best start since the early 1970s.
Alexander rushed for 1,015 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. He will join an SNU team that is making the transition to Division II football.
SOFTBALL CATCHERS DECIDE ON FUTURE
Washington catcher Jacie Stephens recently committed to Emporia State (Kan.).
Stephens, The Oklahoman's Little All-City first-team catcher as a senior, hit .416 with 18 RBIs and 23 runs scored in helping the Lady Warriors to the state semifinals.
She also earned All-State honors and was named the Sooner Fastpitch Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
Harrah catcher Katie Holmes signed with Cowley College last week.
Holmes also earned All-State honors and was named the Canadian River All-Conference Offensive Player of the Year after hitting .500 as a senior.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND RYAN ABER