– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
The 2017-2018 basketball season has come to an end and it featured fast and exciting action. The 6A-2A state tournament wrapped up on Saturday and we’re recognizing the absolute best performances from the state tournament with our OKPreps State Tourney MVP’s. Stay tuned later today when we reveal the All Tournament Teams for each class. You can also vote for who had the best performance out of the ten MVP’s. The voting will end on Friday with the winner being crowned at noon!
CLASS 6A BOYS
Micah Thomas – Guard – Putnam City North
Putnam City North junior Micah Thomas is already considered one of the best players in Oklahoma’s 2019 class. He backed up that hype with his state tournament performance. While he wasn’t the star for the Panthers every single night, he never had a bad game for PC North. He scored 18 points in their semifinal and again in theier championship victory. He was also the catalyst of an offense that lit up the scoreboard. Oh, and the junior point guard celebrated his state championship by earning an offer from ORU. Not a bad night.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Terryn Milton – Guard – Owasso
The 1-2 combo of Mya Bhinhar and Terryn Milton led Owasso to the state championship in a win over #1 Putnam City West. However, Milton filled up the stat sheet and would not be denied her gold ball. Milton had a double double in their semifinal and championship victories. In the title game, every time PC West hit a big shot, it was Milton who would get the ball, storm down the floor and waste little time giving an answer. She finished 7-12 from the field during Saturday’s championship game. She routinely got into the paint and finished with ease.
CLASS 5A BOYS
Kalib Boone – Forward – Memorial
Juniors Kalib and Keylan Boone aren’t identical twins so you can pick them apart. However, picking who the MVP out of the two is a much more difficult task. Both averaged a double double but the slightest of edges goes to Kalib for his defense in the paint. In their quarterfinal win over Del City, Kalib seemed to erase just about every shot that went up near the rim. It was one of the more impressive defensive performances that we’ve seen all season. Boone also was a big reason Memorial held Booker T Washington star Bryce Thompson to four points.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Rhys Anderson – Guard – Booker T Washington
Booker T Washington captured their first state championship since 2013. The most consistent player for the Lady Hornets was Rhys Anderson. The junior was outstanding every time out for the Lady Hornets. She led the Lady Hornets in scoring as they captured their state championship. After Booker T let Pryor back into the game, it was Anderson who had to be the hero. Anderson scored with 5.3 seconds left to tie the game at 45. Anderson also led Booker T by doing most of her scoring in the overtime period.
CLASS 4A BOYS
Trey Alexander – Guard – Heritage Hall
We wrote about Heritage Hall’s Trey Alexander in our 4A boys title preview. He was our player to watch for Heritage Hall and we wanted to see how the freshman would perform on the state’s biggest stage. Well, we have our answer. Alexander still has some time before he can drive a car but he drove the Chargers to a state championship, ending Kingfisher’s undefeated season. Alexander dropped 27 points in Heritage Hall’s championship win. 24 points came after halftime as Alexander and the Chargers would not be denied.
CLASS 4A GIRLS
Zoe Shieldnight – Forward – Fort Gibson
Zoe Shilednight has been a critical part of this Fort Gibson program over the last four seasons. However, before this year, her season has always ended with some form of heartbreak. It’s all smiles for Shieldnight and her teammates this year, after they beat Harrah in a 4A championship game rematch from last year. Shieldnight went out on top with 17 points in the title game. It was her second straight game scoring at least 17 points. Because of Shieldnight and the other seniors, Fort Gibson didn’t miss a step under first year head coach Chuck London.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Latarryus Smith – Guard – Star Spencer
There’s putting the team on your back, and then you have what Latarryus Smith did. The Star Spencer senior was without a doubt the best player for the Bobcats the last two years. However, this year, he had more help around him, so his scoring went down. It went back up when the Bobcats needed Smith to be the star that he was. He finished with 28 points in Star Spencer’s overtime victory over #1 Kingston. Smith averaged nearly 20 points per game during the tournament and has to be all smiles. Star Spencer won the title this year after falling to Douglass in the title game a year ago.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Alexys Keys – Guard – Tahlequah Sequoyah
For the second straight year, it’s Tahlequah Sequoyah raising the gold ball at the end of the season. For the second straight year, guard Alexys Keys is your 3A Tournament MVP. She took home the title last year as a freshman, emerging as one of the top players in her class. Now, everyone knew what to expect from Keys and she still made it happen for the Lady Indians. Keys led the Lady Indians in scoring with 18 points as Tahlequah Sequoyah rallied to shut down Kingston in the second half. The gold ball was Tahlequah Sequoyah’s third in four years.
CLASS 2A BOYS
Robert Briley – Forward – Wright City
Wright City’s Robert Briley came into the state tournament as Class 2A’s best player and he only backed up that headline during the state tourney. He helped lead the Lumberjax to a state championship, ending a run where 2A had been dominated by Latta or Wewoka. Briley averaged a double-double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds per game. Briley and Wright City have captured the school’s first state championship in any sport with their win over the perennial powerhouse Latta. Briley has been a force underneath for Wright City and he goes out with a ring.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
Olivia Curtis – Guard – Christian Heritage
This was another tough decision between two teammates. Sophomore guard Lexie Davis was outstanding in the state championship win over Cashion. However, you can’t deny what junior Olivia Curtis was able to do in the first two games, plus her defense was key to their success, slowing down a potent Cashion lineup. Curtis scored 20+ in the first two state tournament games and was shooting the lights out from three-point range. Whether it’s Curtis or Davis, one thing is certain, the future is still bright for this Christian Heritage program.