West takes 3 of 4 in All-State basketball
TULSA - The West took three of four basketball games Wednesday and Thursday when the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State games were contested at ORU's Mabee Center.
The West boys swept Thursday's action for the second straight season while the Small East girls managed to prevent a clean sweep with a 20-point win over the Small West in Wednesday's games:
Small East 83, Small West 63
A big third quarter spurred a huge second half as the Small East pulled away for an 83-63 win over the Small West Wednesday in the girls’ OCA All-State basketball game at the Mabee Center.
Up two points at the half, the East outscored the West 26-14 in the third quarter and scored 48 second-half points.
The East buried 10 treys in the game, led by three from Salina’s Courtney Backward who finished with 11 points.
Kelsey Barnwell of Kansas paced the East with 16 points while Brooke Watkins of Prague added 14.
Washington’s Lacey Paulk scored 14 to lead the West while Jordynn VanPelt of Snyder added 13.
Small West 14 19 14 16 63
Small East 19 16 26 22 - 83
Small West – Lacey Paulk 14, Jordynn Van Pelt 13, Jamie Brown 8, Shayla Williams 8, Jordan Garner 6, Lexie Brown 5, Kori Fast 4, Casie Cornell 3, Katelyn Richardson 1, Bailey McBride 1.
Small East – Kelsey Barnwell 16, Brooke Watkins 14, Courtney Backward 11, Courtney Cowan 10, Kenzie Solberg 9, Hayley Bryan 8, Megan Brown 6, Shanna Harrison 5, Pete Douglas 4.
Large West 65, Large East 60
Courtney Walker knows how to come up big on the Mabee Center court. On the same stage in which she led Edmond Santa Fe to a Class 6A crown, the Texas A&M-bound Walker scored a game-high 18 points in leading the West to the win.
Eleven of her points came in the first half as the West built a 34-26 lead.
The Large East got 12 points from Booker T. Washington’s DeVaughn Gray and 10 from Claremore’s Miranda Taylor.
The East cut its deficit to just two points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete its comeback.
Caitlyn Spurgeon of Vinita, who scored eight points, was named the Jim Thorpe Award winner for girls’ basketball. Jerry Walker of Fort Gibson was named the girls’ coach of the year.
Large West 15 19 14 17 - 65
Large East 14 12 14 20 - 60
Large West - Courtney Walker 18, Elyse Hight 10, Daisha Gonzaque 8, Alie Decker 7, Te’era Williams 6, Kati Sullivan 6, Kylie Boggess 4, Rasheeda Kabba 4, D’Shala Culberson 2.
Large East – DeVaughn Gray 12, Miranda Taylor 10, Uknique Gaines 9, Caitlyn Spurgeon 8, Taylor Cooper 7, Ashleigh Hutchings 5, Lashanda Green 4, Jodi Glover 3, Julia Hill 2.
Small West 96, Small East 90
Defense wasn’t on the agenda as both teams raced up and down the court before the Small West pulled out a 96-90 victory.
Velma-Alma’s Corbin Byford gave ORU fans a possible sign of things to come with 19 points, including a game-clinching dunk with 20 seconds left in the game.
Afterward, it was announced Byford was the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner for boys’ basketball.
Burlington’s scoring machine Garrett Butler led all scorers with 22 points, including seven in the second quarter in which the West outscored the East 26-15 to erase an early deficit.
Jesse Nixon of Washington added 11 points and Forgan’s Rhett Radcliff added 10 for the West.
The East got 20 points from Quinton Threadgill of Class A runner-up Haworth. Johnathon Buckley of Kellyville chipped in 16 points.
Small West 19 26 27 24 - 96
Small East 27 15 25 23 - 90
Small West – Garrett Butler 22, Corbin Byford 19, Jesse Nixon 11, Rhett Radcliff 10, Gavin Steinmetz 9, Cal Andrews 7, Ryan Radcliff 6, Desean Carolina 5, Derek Gabriel 5, Austin Thrash 2.
Small East – Quinton Threadgill 20, Johnathon Buckley 16, Dwight McElroy 11, Chance LeBlanc 10, Kolby Johnson 9, C.J. Cole 8, Brendon Johnson 7, John Lazenby III 6, Corey Cowan 3.
Large West 78, Large East 69
The West scored the final eight points of the third quarter to claim a lead it wouldn’t lose in a 78-69 comeback win over the East.
Class 4A runner-up Anadarko’s Tyler Melton scored all nine of his points in a six-minute stretch in the third quarter in which the West erased a 34-26 deficit.
Quinton Paras of Lawton MacArthur scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half while Norman’s Rico Hogan buried four 3-pointers to lead his team with 18 points.
The East got 25 points from East Central’s Kaleb Porter, but it wasn’t enough to keep the West from winning for the fifth straight time.
Union coach Rudy Garcia, who led the Redskins to an unbeaten record and the Class 6A crown, was named the boys’ coach of the year.
Large West 15 11 23 29 - 78
Large East 17 13 15 24 - 69
Large West – Rico Hogan 18, Quinton Paras 15, Garrett Hermanski 11, Tyler Melton 9, Joe Summers 8, Joe Edmonds 7, Connor Haydon 5, Jared Griffin 3, Travis Galbreath 2.
Large East – Kaleb Porter 25, Ehron Ponds 10, Cody Crase 7, Jacob Bittle 6, Dejoun Sanders 6, J.C. Hartzler 5, Sedrick Johnson 4, Ramon Benson 3, Jake Bullard 3.
article updated on 07/27/12 10:53