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High school basketball: Your 5-minute guide to the Class 2A state tournament

Dale's Carter Crowe attempts a shot as Sam Fields of Classen SAS defends during a Jan. 14 game in Dale. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Dale's Carter Crowe attempts a shot as Sam Fields of Classen SAS defends during a Jan. 14 game in Dale. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]


The Oklahoman’s championship picks

Cameron Jourdan: Cashion. The Wildcats are tested. Behind seniors Jacob Woody, Alex Nabavi and T.J. Roberts, their toughness and experience will pay off.

James D. Jackson: Minco. The Bulldogs have played a tough schedule but are 14-0 against Class 2A teams this season.

Nick Sardis: Owasso Rejoice Christian. The Eagles have won 15 of their last 16 games and will look to win their second straight state championship.

Three players to watch

Brayden Oglesby, Jr., Howe: Oglesbys know how to score. Ask Brayden's sister, Jalei, who finished her career last season and is No. 3 on the girls all-time scoring list. Brayden is just as dynamic offensively, averaging 19.8 points per game.

Cooper Shirley, Jr., Minco: Shirley and Minco upset Cashion in the area championship to advance to state. Another talented scorer, he averages 22.3 points per game with 5.8 rebounds.

Jacob Woody, Sr., Cashion: The sharpshooting senior is capable of taking over in any game because of his unlimited range and ability to initiate the Wildcats’ offense.

Looking to repeat

Owasso Rejoice Christian is perfect in the state tournament.

It’s back and has a chance to keep that record.

Rejoice Christian made its first state tournament appearance last season and walked away with a gold ball. This year, the Eagles return four seniors, including 6-foot-7 star Jaden Lietzke, who averages 17.2 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Winners of 15 of 16 games heading into the tournament, Rejoice Christian looks poised for another title run.


The Oklahoman’s championship picks

Cameron Jourdan: Vanoss. It’s hard to pick against a team that hasn’t lost against Class 2A competition with three supreme scorers.

James D. Jackson: Caddo. The Bruins have only lost to Silo, which is on the other side of the bracket. Caddo's dynamic duo of Emily Robinson and Kynsey Dixon will lead it past the field.

Nick Sardis: Vanoss. The star trio of Emrie Ellis, Lizzy Simpson and Emily Wilson will lead Vanoss to its second girls basketball state title.

Three players to watch

Emrie Ellis, Jr., Vanoss: The Arkansas commit has a knack for scoring and grabbing boards. She averages 17 points and eight rebounds per game.

Emily Robinson, Fr., Caddo: The freshman has played above her classification all season. At 19.7 points per game, she leads Caddo in scoring.

Caton Muncy, Jr., Amber-Pocasset: Muncy is one of the top players in the state, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds per contest. She will lead the Panthers in their first state tournament appearance since 2012.

The big three

Vanoss is one of the toughest teams to guard in the state tournament.

The Wolves are led by Emrie Ellis, Emily Wilson and Lizzy Simpson, who all average double figures in scoring. Rileigh Rush is not far behind them as she averages 9.8 points per game.

Top-ranked Vanoss (26-2) has beaten every Class 2A team it has played this season.

Cameron Jourdan, James D. Jackson and Nick Sardis, Staff writers

Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›