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Oklahoma high school girls basketball: 5 things to watch for at this weekend’s tournaments

Texas signee Aaliyah Moore and the Moore Lions will try to win the Putnam City Invitational this weekend. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Texas signee Aaliyah Moore and the Moore Lions will try to win the Putnam City Invitational this weekend. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

With two big high school basketball tournaments this weekend, there is much to look forward to as teams go at it for the first time in 2021. But here is a narrowed list.

Five things to watch for in this weekend’s tournament play:

1. Classen SAS and Moore possible championship matchup. It’ll take some looking ahead in the Putnam City Invitational but Darianna Littlepage-Buggs' Comets and Aaliyah Moore's Lions could be an outstanding championship matchup. Littlepage-Buggs is backed by Jordan Harrison and Micah Gray, who are coming off impressive scoring outings. Peyton Andrews and Raychael Harjo will back Aaliyah, the 2020 Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year. 

2. Putnam North’s Alyssa Lyon-Parmer is a player to watch. Lyon-Parmer committed to Tulsa in September after a stellar season alongside Marquette guard Bria Sanders-Woods. In her first season with the Panthers, Parmer averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.6 assists. She will need to impress as the main option if the Panthers will go far in the Invitational.

3. Bridge Creek enters the Noble tournament on fire. The Bobcats (6-0) have rushed to an undefeated start and have handily taken care of every opponent. Bridge Creek’s average margin of victory is 11.6 points per game. Tecumseh has been the only team to test the Bobcats this season but Bridge Creek prevailed with a three-point overtime win to secure the Bethel tournament championship. Lainey Morrow led the way with a 30-point double-double.

4. Mount Saint Mary faces a challenging road in the Noble tournament. The Rockets will first have to fight their way past Noble and then possibly Blanchard, who bested them in the tournament last season. But the undefeated Rockets have two dominant 6-foot-2 athletes leading the way. Mount Saint Mary’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Kennedy Allison, and knockdown shooter Kaitlyn Pivniska, who also averages 3.5 blocks per game this season.

5. First game matchup of last year’s championship. Putnam West and Tulsa Union decided the champion of the Putnam City Invitational last season, with Putnam West taking the crown on a last-second buzzer-beater. But the two won’t decide the championship this year. Putnam West and Tulsa Union will face off in the first game.

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 ›