Mike Brown's Hot List
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
2/12/13 at 4:19 AM
Players to watch
Shelbie Kirby, Collinsville: The senior guard totaled 66 points, 12 assists and 10 steals in wins over 5A No. 7 Tahlequah, No. 16 Claremore and 4A No. 10 Oologah. She scored 21 points in Friday's 58-40 win at Claremore as the Cards moved into a first-place tie with the Zebras in the Metro Lakes Conference. She scored 25 Saturday as Colllinsville beat Oologah for the second time, 49-45.
Jessica Washington, Jenks: The senior guard had the go-ahead free throws with 24.4 seconds left and totaled 27 points as the Trojans ended Muskogee's 12-game winning streak, 59-56. She also scored 31 in Tuesday's loss at Broken Arrow, lifting her Frontier Conference-leading average to 23.5.
Kendra Chinn, Copan: The senior guard hit nine treys and scored a career-high 41 points in a 69-48 win over Oklahoma Union. Chinn totaled 155 points in a five-game span, an onslaught that put her over 1,200 career points and 200 career 3-pointers.
Teams to watch
Adair (22-0): A Tuesday win at home over Caney Valley would give the 3A No. 4 Warriors their first unbeaten regular season in coach Scott Winfield's nine years - and possibly ever. Winfield said no one remembers when it has happened before. Leading the Warriors in scoring are Kylie Looney (13.1), Raven Campos (10.2), Molly Kerr (10.1) and Bailey Stephens (8.1). Adair opens postseason action Friday at Dewey.
Olive (22-4): The Class A No. 20 Wildcats have won 16 of their last 17 games, and claimed a third consecutive district title with Saturday's 46-22 win at Glencoe. The Wildcats are led by seniors Sierra Shoulders (12.3 points per game), Stephanie Evans (10.4), Bailey Collins (10.0) and Melissa Whitehead (7.4). Olive faces No. 2 Frontier on Thursday in first-round regional play at Kellyville.
Games to watch
East Central (15-7) at Booker T. Washington (19-2): A win by the Hornets clinches the Green Country Conference title, but East Central can claim a share or win outright if the Hornets lose this game and Friday's at Memorial. Washington won the earlier meeting 54-46 at East Central, rallying from a 10-point deficit in the second half. The pick: BTW 54-48.
Muskogee (17-3) at Bixby (16-4): One of several games with a bearing on the Frontier Conference title promises a marquee scoring duel between the Roughers' Kelsey McClure (22.7) and Bixby's Christina Devers (21.4). The pick: Muskogee 65-58.
4A, 3A, 2A Districts: One-game playoffs determine district champions and runners-up at various 4A-3A sites around Tulsa. Inola hosts Hilldale on Saturday in one of the more competitive 4A matchups. Winners and losers advance to regional play. Three-team tournaments determine 2A district titles, with all finalists advancing to regional play.
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