Tulsa Washington's Kaylan Mayberry makes most of senior season

SUPER 5 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM — Being eliminated last season fueled Mayberry and the Hornets, who won the state championship this year.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 13, 2013

Her sister, Taleya, helped the Hornets win a pair of state titles and just finished a standout career at Tulsa.

Lee tried to make sure that none of his children felt pressure to live up to his accomplishments, especially on the basketball court.

“I always let them know that they didn't have to try to be Lee Mayberry,” Lee said. “And with Kaylan, don't try to be Lee, don't try to be Taleya. Create your own identity and just be Kaylan Mayberry.”

Kaylan has certainly made her own way.

She's more laid-back and quiet on the court than her older sister.

But she's equally effective.

In the state tournament, her outside shooting helped lift the Hornets to wins over Southmoore in the first round and then Bixby in the championship game. In the semifinals, an upset over top-ranked Edmond Santa Fe, it was her defensive pressure than helped the Hornets pull off the win.

She's also found her own way at the next level, after recently committing to Oral Roberts.

“It's kind of exciting for me because I've been everywhere she's been since I was young,” Mayberry said. “I finally didn't follow after my sister. I finally went the opposite direction.”

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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