News and Notes: Coming out party
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
2/12/13 at 4:17 AM
Highly touted freshman Chelsea Dungee needed 13 minutes to put up 24 points and 10 rebounds in her high school debut last Friday as Preston rolled past Canadian 83-33.
Head coach Jeff Weedn couldn't be more thrilled. He said the 2A No. 12 Pirates (16-8) are a good team that just got better with postseason play opening this week.
"She makes us a whole lot more dangerous. At 5-foot-11, she can move like a smaller player and rebound and defend like a larger player," Weedn said.
Dungee gained national attention for her play with Team Arkansas Elite, a summer touring team. She is rated among the top players nationally in the 2016 recruiting class by the ESPN HoopGurlz recruiting rankings.
Recruiting trail: Dungee committed to Oklahoma State as an eighth-grader, but that was before former Cowboys head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were killed in a November 2011 airplane accident.
She reopened her recruiting last fall, developed a close relationship with University of Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale and committed to the Sooners on Jan. 30, according to her mother, Chi Dungee.
Getting eligible: Dungee grew up in Preston, but attended Beggs schools during the first semester of her eighth-grade year.
She returned to Preston in January 2012 but was forced to sit out and seek a hardship waiver with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to clear up residency issues. The OSSAA notified the school last week that her hardship waiver had been granted.
Miranda Rights: Compared to her previous seven days, Ketchum guard Miranda Griffin had a restful week. She had 11 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals in a 57-36 win over Wyandotte.
Prior to that, she survived a car wreck, attended her grandfather's funeral and scored 29 points with 18 assists in two wins.
"It was an emotional week, but my teammates helped me get through it," she said.
Briefly: 3A No. 2 Perkins-Tryon (22-0) visits Payne County rival and 4A No. 4 Cushing (20-1) in a dazzling postseason tuneup Tuesday night. ... Dewar's Cheyenne Been went over 2,000 career points against Mounds last week and now totals 2,055, along with 848 career assists. ... Kiefer's Taylor Harris needs 68 points to reach 2,000 career points. She has at least three more games, starting with Mounds on Tuesday. ... Mannford's Tracer Burgess scored 30 points in a 56-51 win over Glenpool. ... Paige Wilson scored 28 points and Hailey Tucker had 14 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots in 6A No. 5 Bartlesville's 55-51 win over Owasso. ... Shelby Brown scored 18 points as Lincoln Christian knocked off 3A No. 13 Kansas (Okla.) 51-45.
East Central's Kadejah Adebu (left) guards Bartlesville's Paige Wilson during their game at East Central High School last month. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World