Mike Brown's Hot List
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
2/05/13 at 4:02 AM
Players to watch
Taylor Koelsch, Owasso: The 5-foot-9 senior scored 23 points, going 5-for-6 from 3-point range, pacing the Rams' 71-70 win over Jenks. Later, she was crowned homecoming queen. For the season, Koelsch averages 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds.
I'mani Davis, Union: The 6-foot senior had a huge game in the 66-35 win at previously No. 2 Bixby with 23 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and two blocked shots. The Tennessee State signee averages 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Jessica Washington, Jenks: The 5-7 senior scored 38 points in last Tuesday's 66-49 win over Union and 24 in Friday's 71-70 loss at Owasso. She scored 13 points in a six-minute span at Owasso, helping the Trojans almost erase a 29-point deficit. The 38 points were the second-highest total of her career. She had 51 in a win at Muskogee on Jan. 4.
Kelsey McClure and Alexus Wilson, Muskogee: McClure, a 5-foot-7 senior, scored 31 points and Wilson, a 5-9 senior and Oral Roberts University signee, scored 15 and hit a key 3-pointer with 3:54 left as the Roughers held off Broken Arrow 75-67. McClure made four 3-pointers to score 30 or more for the third time this season. Her high was 32 against Owasso.
Teams to watch
Copan (13-8): The Hornets have appeared in three of the last four Class B state tournaments, and coach Gary Askew hopes they're making another surge. They've won seven of their last eight. Senior Kendra Chinn scored 35 points in last Friday's 73-48 win at Barnsdall and averages 21 points per game. Copan opens district play Friday against Shidler at DC-Lamont, and would face the host and fourth-ranked Eagles in the final.
Tahlequah (12-6): The 5A No. 7 Tigers have won four straight heading into Tuesday's Metro Lakes battle at No. 9 Collinsville. The Tigers are led by seniors Randee O'Donnell (10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds) and Casey Beaston (7.8 points, 6 rebounds). Tuesday's winner will be alone in second place in the conference race.
Games to watch
Jenks (11-9) at Broken Arrow (11-7), Tuesday: The Trojans visit former teammate Toree Thompson, who's averaging 20.1 points with her new team. The Tigers almost upset Muskogee in their last outing. The pick: Broken Arrow 65-63.
Cushing (19-1) at Berryhill (15-5), Friday: The 4A No. 4 Tigers can win the Tulsa Seven title outright, but No. 15 Berryhill can still salvage a tie. Che'Ron Lewis leads the Tigers with 19.3 points and 12.2 rebounds. The pick: Cushing 51-49.
Ask the writer
What are the area teams most capable of winning gold balls when the Class A-B playoffs open this weekend?
Class A No. 3 Dewar hopes to reach the state tournament for the first time in 20 years with senior Cheyenne Been (20.9 points, 9.4 assists) leading the way. No. 2 Frontier is the defending Class A champion, and No. 20 Olive (21-4) has won 15 of its last 16 games. The Wildcats' only loss since Dec. 8 was to 3A Newkirk in the final of the Glencoe Invitational.
No. 15 Midway (19-3) and No. 19 Kinta (17-7) have the best records among eastern Class B teams.
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