6A girls basketball: Mayberry helps Booker T. Washington earn state tournament berth
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Friday, March 01, 2013
3/01/13 at 7:08 AM
CATOOSA - A member of a famous Tulsa basketball family, Kaylan Mayberry said it's important to win a state basketball championship.
"I want to join the club," the Booker T. Washington senior guard said.
Her father, Lee Mayberry, led Will Rogers to a state title in 1988. Older sister Taleya, now a senior at the University of Tulsa, was part of Washington title teams in 2008-09.
Mayberry and her sixth-ranked Hornet teammates took a big step Thursday, punching their ticket to the Class 6A state tournament with a 57-42 win over No. 2 Muskogee in area winners bracket play at Catoosa High School.
"We wanted to atone" for not making the state tournament last year, said senior Mikayla Alexander, who scored 13 points to lead the Hornets.
"This is what we've been playing for all season," said Mayberry, who scored seven points.
The Hornets (24-2) held Muskogee's high-scoring Roughers (20-6) to a season-low point total, won their 12th straight game and advanced to the state tournament for the 11th time in 12 years. Play begins next Thursday in Tulsa.
Muskogee has another chance to advance. The Roughers take on Frontier Conference rival Union for the third time in Saturday's 3 p.m. area consolation final at Catoosa. The 11th-ranked Redskins (16-10) stayed alive with a 55-39 win over No. 9 Jenks (15-11).
Union received 18 points from Esther Udoumoh and overcame 30 points by Jenks standout Jessica Washington.
B.T. Washington 57, Muskogee 42: Muskogee led Class 6A in scoring offense, averaging 64.2 points per game. But senior guards Kelsey McClure and Alexus Wilson were held to 10 and 7 points - less than half of their combined average (35.4).
"We had a gameplan for how we were going to play them and we came out stuck to it," Mayberry said.
The Hornets started pulling away in the second quarter to lead by nine by halftime and by 15 midway through the third quarter.
Muskogee cut the margin to 46-39 with 6:39 left, but couldn't get any closer, and Sandy Samilton had a pair of driving layups to put the game out of reach.
Union 55, Jenks 39: Union (16-10) broke open a defensive struggle in the third quarter and raced to its 10th victory in the last 12 games, beating the Trojans for the third time in four tries this season.
Both teams started in a zone to inhibit the other's transition tactics and it worked for a while - until Union's Brittany Hill hit back-to-back treys to start the third quarter, sending the Redskins to a 10-point lead.
That forced Jenks out of its zone and Union caught fire. The Trojans couldn't keep up because they missed shot after shot, going a collective 14-for-51 from the field.
Washington, the McDonald's All-American playing her last game, had four treys, but none of her teammates scored more than two points.
B.T. WASHINGTON 57, MUSKOGEE 42
BTW (24-2): Alexander 13, Block 11, Ellis 8, Washington 8, Mayberry 7, Cooks 4, Samilton 4, Thomas 2.
Muskogee (20-6): Jackson 18, McClure 10, Alexus Wilson 7, Carter 4, Aaliyah Wilson 3.
UNION 55, JENKS 39
Union (16-10): Udoumoh 18, Hill 13, Davis 10, Christon 7, Climpson 4, Pendley 3.
Jenks (15-11): Washington 30, Nissley 2, Peterson 2, Sears 2, Taylor 2, Halsmer 1.
Original Print Headline: Mayberry helps BTW earn state berth
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Booker T. Washington’s Tori Cooks (left), Cori Williams (center) and coach Annette Kennedy celebrate Thursday’s win against Muskogee in Catoosa. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
Booker T. Washington's Makenzie Ellis collides with Muskogee's Sydney Carter during Thursday's game in Catoosa. MATT BARNARD/ Tulsa World