Lakota Beatty, Anadarko
Beatty, a junior point guard, already has offers from Tulsa and Oral Roberts, and more are sure to come. She averaged 18.6 points and 5 rebounds and led the Warriors to the Class 4A state championship. Her numbers could've been even stronger, but the unselfish Beatty often focused on creating offense for her teammates.
Kelsee Grovey, Shawnee
The versatile Grovey, who has shown the ability to play anywhere on the floor, averaged 13.5 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior and always defended the other team's top offensive threat. Grovey will play college basketball at Tulsa.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Courtney Walker, Edmond Santa Fe
Walker is The Oklahoman's Player of the Year for the second straight year. The Texas A&M signee led Edmond Santa Fe to an unbeaten season and another Class 6A state title, saving her best performances for the biggest stages. She took over the semifinal and championship games in the second half when the Wolves were struggling, and her amazing block in the final seconds of the title game secured the win over rival Edmond Memorial.
Taylor Cooper, Shawnee
Cooper, an Oral Roberts signee, has been part of two straight state championship teams. She helped lead Bethel to the 3A title as a junior before moving to Shawnee for her senior year. Cooper is tall at 5-foot-11, but has a dangerous outside game to go with her strong inside presence. She averaged 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior.
Alie Decker, Edmond Memorial
Decker is Edmond Memorial's all-time leading scorer, with 1,514 career points. She improved over her senior season and led the Bulldogs on their run to the Class 6A state championship game. Decker, who will play in college at Wichita State, averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds per game this season.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike Barton, Fairview
Barton, in his 12th year at Fairview, led the school to a 29-2 record and its first state title since 1974. Fairview lost to Northeast by 3 points in the area final, but Barton’s team got another shot at the Vikings in the championship game and came from behind in the final minutes to claim the gold ball.