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Little All-City girls basketball 2020: Christian Heritage's Rylee Langerman took over on road to Arkansas

Christian Heritage Academy's Rylee Langerman topped the 1,500-point and 700-rebound mark for her high school career. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Christian Heritage Academy's Rylee Langerman topped the 1,500-point and 700-rebound mark for her high school career. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

DEL CITY — Advancing to the state tournament had become the norm for Rylee Langerman.

However, this season proved to be tougher than years past.

“Throughout the season, we definitely met a few trials,” Langerman said. “A lot of us got injured, a lot of us at the same time were hurt. And so towards the end of the year, we knew what we had to do to get to the state tournament.”

Despite the numerous injuries the Christian Heritage Academy girls basketball team encountered, the Crusaders went back to state for the fourth consecutive year.

Langerman, who stepped into the role as the star, is the reason why.

She averaged 21.5 points this season — a near eight-point jump from her career average — to go along with 10.1 rebounds.

As a result, the University of Arkansas signee is The Oklahoman’s Little All City Player of the Year.

“What I saw different in her this year from the previous years,” CHA coach Lisa LittleJim said, “was that she began to learn what it means to put us on her back when some of her supporting cast were injured and sick. She would take over situations.”

In the area tournament, CHA sat in the winners bracket with Kellyville (18-5), Tulsa Lincoln Christian (15-8) and Morris (18-5).

“I think it’s probably going to be our hardest road to the state tournament that I’ve had over my last four years,” Langerman said before the area tournament started.

CHA topped Lincoln Christian but fell to Kellyville in the second round. After winning the next two games in the consolation bracket, the Crusaders avenged their Kellyville loss to advance to state.

“This is Rylee and Co., she had to have a supporting cast,” LittleJim said. “[But] I believe if she had not taken full responsibility for our failures that we would not have had the successes that we had.

“I don’t believe we would have made the state tournament had she not taken responsibility for the team.”

Langerman had a legendary high school career, scoring more than 1,500 points, grabbing more than 700 rebounds and making four trips to the state tournament — winning two state titles. But her shot at a third title was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“My goal as a freshman, I mean everybody wants to win state,” Langerman said. “But definitely just to make an impact because I really had no idea what the next four years would hold. It was definitely to play well and leave an impact on my school.”

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 ›