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Oklahoman Super 5 Player of the Year Toree Thompson finds perfect home at Broken Arrow

by Jacob Unruh Published: April 6, 2014
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When Toree Thompson looks back on her four-year high school journey, the toughness of it immediately comes to mind.

There were three different schools in four years.

Her recruiting journey resulted in her initial commitment changing.

But finally, good news came in the form of a 28-0 senior season and Class 6A championship filled with clutch performances, earning the guard The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year honors.

“It was a tough journey,” Thompson said. “On the outside looking in, it may have looked like a perfect season but we did face adversity. Every team faces adversity, but we worked through it and were able to come together on the court and release everything.”

Thompson certainly knows adversity.

She began her high school career at Tulsa Edison, but after one year she was looking for a better environment. She then moved to Jenks, but that also lasted just one season.

The perfect home became Broken Arrow, though. She and her family moved there her junior year and instantly felt comfortable.

“I think my junior year whenever I went to Broken Arrow I started to turn the corner and have more confidence in myself and stuff like that,” Thompson said. “I had a lot of support with the athletic directors and everybody helping me. I think that helped a lot, too.”

The Tigers fell short of the championship last year. This year, however, Thompson was unstoppable alongside move-ins Ashlyn McBride and Jordan Doyle. Thompson averaged 22 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, leading the Tigers in nearly every statistical category.

“We’ve had several move-ins, which was weird,” Broken Arrow coach Mike Hughes said. “It really put a good nucleus around her and really took a lot of pressure off her from the previous year. The previous year she had to score and could not get in foul trouble. It kind of limited her in a lot of things she’s good at.”

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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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