News and Notes: Bad break
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2/26/13 at 3:43 AM
Nobody knows if Randee O'Donnell will be able to play Thursday when Tahlequah resumes postseason action against Memorial in the area tournament.
O'Donnell described "rolling (her) ankle" in Thursday's regional win over Coweta, but others described the injury as a "high ankle sprain."
Such injuries are tricky for athletes required to make quick, side-to-side movements - like receivers in football and most basketball players. They almost never heel quickly and the effects can be felt for weeks.
O'Donnell's left leg was placed in a cast to restrict movement in the damaged area. The plan is to cut off the cast Wednesday and see how she feels, head coach Chad Walker said.
Until then, O'Donnell will have a bright orange leg ornament consistent with the Tigers' orange-and-black color scheme. She chose the color, and decorated the cast with a "double-T" insignia and the words, "Go Tigers."
Sweet ride: Kansas coach Steve Odle said he was proud of his Comets even before they played Verdigris in Monday's weather-delayed regional final.
Regardless of the outcome, the Comets had already qualified for their 14th straight area tournament, despite losing heavily from last year's state-semifinal team.
With injuries, transfers and defections, Odle says he lost six of his top eight players. Yet, the Comets were 17-7 before Monday's game. Senior forward Sierra Honeycutt and junior Tyana Sizer were averaging 17.5 and 11.3 points per game.
Briefly: Putnam City gave 6A No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe its only loss of the season, 59-58, on Nov. 30. The teams meet for the third time Thursday at Choctaw in area play. Santa Fe won the second meeting, 52-38, last month ... Kiefer's Taylor Harris went over 2,100 career points last Saturday, scoring 19 in a 54-51 win over Will Rogers. Harris now has 2,105 points. ... Summit Christian's 56-49 win over Caney Valley last Thursday was the first at the regional level for the Broken Arrow private school in four years of OSSAA postseason competition.
Union's I'mani Davis drives past Bixby's Lexi Williams during the girls High School basketball playoffs in Bixby on Saturday. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World