After building a 14-point lead Friday against Anadarko, Mount St. Mary left State Fair Arena disappointed for a third straight year at the Class 4A state tournament.
Rockets coach Rory Hamilton, though, said the five seniors on the team left a strong legacy to build on moving forward.
“What these seniors have done over the last four years is they really put Mount St. Mary basketball on the map, not only in the city of Oklahoma City, but in the state in general,” he said. “They accomplished so many firsts in school history they’ve created a pride and done so much in our community to revolutionize our school.”
Led by Kaely Bond and Aimee Rischard, St. Mary made the state tournament for the first time in school history in 2012 and then made the finals last season. The Rockets also won 90 games during their tenure, highlighting the best stretch in school history for the program.
Bond, an American University signee, is so far the lone senior moving to the collegiate level. Hamilton said it’s likely Rischard gets a shot somewhere.
Jordan Braun, Jordan Hagood and Brittany Davis — all contributors — also graduate.
The Rockets do return Adrienne Berry, who has also crossed the 1,000-point mark.
STILWELL HAS TO GET ON GLASS AGAINST DOUGLASS
With his home fans at his back, Matt Lea ran the baseline, caught a pass and threw down a thunderous two-handed dunk for Stilwell.
The jam put the Indians up 32-30 in the third quarter against Mannford. It was a fitting symbol of the inside dominance of the 6-foot-8 center and his teammates on Friday, as Stilwell outrebounded Mannford 26-16.
Lea pulled down 11 of those rebounds. That inside presence will be key against Douglass, which will trot out a legion of big bodies in Saturday’s final.
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