Mike Brown's Hot List
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
2/19/13 at 3:41 AM
Players to watch
I'mani Davis, Union: The 5-foot-11 senior totaled 48 points and 26 rebounds in wins over Broken Arrow and Muskogee, giving the No. 11 Redskins a share of the Frontier Conference title. She had a season-high 26 points in Friday's 63-47 win over the No. 2 Roughers. The Tennessee State signee is averaging 16.6 points and 11.4 rebounds.
Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall: The 5-foot-3 guard totaled 57 points and 12 steals in three games, leading the Dutch to a runner-up finish in the Southwest Preparatory Conference tournament. She had 22 points in a 60-58 loss to defending champion Houston Kinkaid in the final. She ended her junior season averaging 13.5 points.
Taylor Koelsch, Owasso: The 5-foot-9 senior scored 29 points on Senior Night as the Rams downed Broken Arrow 63-58, denying the Tigers a piece of the Frontier Conference title. She had 12 points in a 69-30 win over Sand Springs and leads the Rams in scoring (14.3).
Mikayla Shulanberger, Skiatook: The promising freshman forward scored 21 points in a 51-39 win over Bishop Kelley and leads the Bulldogs with 14.6 points per game. She's been at her best of late, averaging 18.4 points over the last five games.
Teams to watch
Cascia Hall (18-6): Heading into Thursday's regional play at Webster, the 4A No. 9 Commandos have achieved a 13-year-high win total under second-year coach Lindsay Rodgers. Leading the way are seniors Liesl Spoerl (18 points, 8.3 rebounds) and Jaime Rahilly (10.4 points, 8.9 rebounds).
Collinsville (17-6): The 5A No. 9 Cardinals clinched the Metro Lakes Conference title with Friday's 40-27 win over Skiatook and take a seven-game winning streak into postseason play.
Regional games to watch
6A - Jenks (14-9) vs. Owasso (9-13) at Bartlesville, Thursday: In the last meeting, the Rams raced to a 29-point lead, then held on to win 71-70. The pick: Jenks 68-64.
4A - Oologah (19-5) at Berryhill (17-7), Thursday: Former Tulsa Seven rivals meet for the first time in 2012-13. The pick: Oologah 51-47.
6A - Stillwater (13-9) vs. Union (14-9) at Bixby, Thursday: The surging Redskins have won eight of their last nine. Can they keep it going? The pick: Union 52-45.
Class 6A-5A playoffs
Regionals: Thursday and Saturday
Areas: Feb. 28-March 2
State tournament: March 7-9 in Tulsa
Class 6A picks to reach the state tournament: Bartlesville, Edmond Santa Fe, Jenks, Midwest City, Muskogee, Norman North, Southmoore, Union.
Class 5A picks to reach the state tournament: Collinsville, Carl Albert, Claremore, East Central, Edmond Deer Creek, Guthrie, Piedmont, Shawnee.
Ask the writer
Who has the toughest road to a Class 6A regional title?
It's no picnic for No. 14 Broken Arrow and No. 15 Sapulpa at Muskogee. They play each other in a potential blockbuster first-round game. The loser is out of the playoffs, and the winner likely will have the No. 2 Roughers waiting in Saturday's final.
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