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Oklahoma Class A girls basketball: Roundup of semifinal state tournament games

Class A girls played their semifinal games Friday at State Fair Arena. Here's what happened:

Vanoss 69, Vici 48

Emily Wilson has been waiting for this moment for an entire year.

The senior at Vanoss remembers last year when, as the top-ranked team, she and her teammates weren't able to compete at the state tournament. Then in Class 2A, Vanoss was one of numerous teams that wasn't able to play in the state tournament after it was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Saturday, Wilson and her teammates will get their chance. 

No. 1 Vanoss dominated from the start, topping No. 13 Vici 69-48 on Friday afternoon at State Fair Arena. Wilson scored 22 points to lead all scorers, but her trio of triples in the first quarter and 11 points helped Vanoss put the game away early. 

"After getting those first game nerves out, we just had to come out and execute," Wilson said. "When we play together, we can make a lot of shots as a team."

Joining Wilson in double-figures scoring was Lizzy Simpson (16) and Emrie Ellis (11), an Arkansas signee. 

Vanoss led 25-10 after the first quarter and was up 46-22 at half. In the first quarter, Vanoss his six 3-pointers. 

Jade Hazelbaker led Vici with 14 points. 

Vanoss will play Hydro-Eakly at 1 p.m. Saturday in the state championship game. 


Hyro-Eakly 67, Seiling 49

Hydro-Eakly coach Jeremy Tharp stood on the sidelines with his 2020 state championship ring watching the Bobcats celebrate with tears in his eyes.

With a 67-49 win over Seiling at the State Fair Arena on Friday evening, Hydro-Eakly punched its ticket to the Class A state championship where the Bobcats will defend their 2020 state title. 

“I’ve had championship teams come back to state before and then not make the championship again,” Tharp said. “And that’s kind of disheartening. So it’s priceless because really it’s stacked against you. You look in the history of anybody else it’s hard to make it back to the championship the next year. I’m just thrilled for these girls.”

Hydro-Eakly brought back its main core from last year and it showed in the semifinal game. Rees Berkey, Kira Berkey, Rachel Berry and Macey Buss all returned from last year and they scored in double-figures in Friday’s buzzer-to-buzzer win. 

Seiling’s Braci Nyberg put in 14 points but it just wasn’t enough to outlast Hydro-Eakly’s hustle. 

The Bobcats took control early of the game jumping to a 22-4 first-quarter lead. Hydro-Eakly kept the pressure on the rest of the game, routinely pressing Seiling and scoring on the fast break. The Bobcats just never seemed to tire and it worked wonders for them in the big win.

Rees Berkey led the Bobcats with 17 points. She was followed by Kira Berkey with 12. 

“This is what we’re good at,” Tharp said of his team running. “This is what we do.”

Related Photos
Emily Wilson of Vanoss drives past Lauren Morris of Vici during a Class A girls high school basketball state tournament game between Vanoss and Vici at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 5, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Emily Wilson of Vanoss drives past Lauren Morris of Vici during a Class A girls high school basketball state tournament game between Vanoss and Vici at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 5, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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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 ›

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 ›

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