Mike Brown's Hot List
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
1/15/13 at 7:17 AM
Players to watch
Stevi Parker, Bixby: The 6-foot senior and University of Tulsa signee had 25 points, eight rebounds, five steals and an assist in a 57-47 win over Broken Arrow as the 6A No. 2 Spartans (10-1) remained undefeated in Frontier Conference action.
Jaime Rahilly, Cascia Hall: The 6-foot-2 senior had 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in a 60-39 win at Lincoln Christian, lifting the 4A No. 5 Commandos to 11-2. Rahilly ranks among area leaders with 2.2 blocked shots per game.
Carsyn Spurgeon, Vinita: The 5-foot-10 freshman scored 47 points in three games, pacing the 4A No. 11 Hornets to a runner-up finish in the Skiatook Invitational. She scored 21 in a first-round win over Bishop Kelley, 16 in a semifinal win over Broken Arrow and 10 in a loss to 6A No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe in the championship game.
Mylee Hewitt, Keys: The 5-foot-6 senior had 39 points with six treys in an 86-60 win over Salina in the consolation final and totaled 72 points in three games at the Locust Grove Invitational. Against Salina, she also had 12 steals and five rebounds.
Teams to watch
Ketchum: Loaded with talented underclassmen, the 2A No. 10 Warriors (13-2) are seeking the school's first state tournament appearance in 32 years. Coached by Sam Fairchild, the Warriors had won eight straight before falling to 3A No. 5 Adair 49-43 in the final of the Locust Grove Invitational. Junior guard Miranda Griffin averages 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists.
Okemah: The Panthers (8-4) defeated Bristow 52-46 in the final of the Purple Pirates' tournament and, under first-year coach Kyle Sivadon, have matched the school's highest win total in eight years. Rayna Harjo had 21 and 27 points in the final two rounds of the tournament, and Marcy Turner continues to provide senior leadership.
Games to watch
Union (5-6) at Broken Arrow (7-4), Tuesday: First meeting between Frontier Conference and east-side neighbors. I'mani Davis paces the No. 18 Redskins. Toree Thompson leads the No. 13 Tigers. The pick: BA 51-48.
Tahlequah (7-5) at Claremore (5-5), Tuesday: Metro Lakes Conference leadership is on the line. The 5A No. 5 Tigers are 4-1 in league play, while the No. 19 Zebras are 3-1. The pick: Tahlequah 44-39.
Memorial (6-8) at Edison (8-3), Tuesday: The 5A No. 13 Chargers' high-scoring Faith Ihim tests the No. 8 Eagles, who won first meeting, 61-53. The pick: Edison 65-57.
Jenks (6-5) at Sapulpa (5-6), Tuesday: The No. 11 Trojans and high-scoring Jessica Wasshington return to action for the first time since an 83-68 win at Muskogee on Jan. 4 when Washington scored 51 points. Sapulpa is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Carl Albert tournament. The pick: Jenks 64-54.
Ask the writer
Is it true that a Class 2A school has the state's best overall girls team?
Maxpreps ranks OKC Northeast No. 1 in Oklahoma and 89th nationally. The Vikings (16-0) were runner-up to Fairview for last year's 2A state title and are loaded with veterans who have played together since the sixth grade. They gave 6A No. 2 Bixby its only loss and are 8-0 against 6A-5A schools.
Got a question about your favorite girls high school basketball player or team? Ask Mike Brown on the high school blog at tulsaworld.com/highschoolblog or email him at email@example.com.