– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Class A & B did not disappoint once again as they kicked off championship week in Oklahoma City. The 6A-2A state tournaments will begin on Thursday and we’ll have wall to wall coverage. But before we get to that, we’re showcasing the best of the best with the tournament MVP’s from the weekend in Class A and Class B. You can also check out the championship highlights from each title game.
CLASS A BOYS
Cason McLemore – Guard – Cyril
Cyril made no secret about who they wanted in the state championship after they won Friday’s semifinal. They wanted their rival and four-time champion Fort Cobb-Broxton. They got them, and they dethroned them. Cyril captured the title in large part to guard Cason McLemore, who led Cyril with nearly 30 points and finished the tournament averaging nearly 20 points per game. McLemore came out red hot on Saturday, drilling his first five three-point attempts as Cyril pounced early.
CLASS A GIRLS
Karly Gore – Forward – Seiling
Full disclosure, it is so tough to not have Seiling seniors Karly and Macy Gore as Co-MVP’s here. But if we have to pick one, we’re going with Karly after another sensational tournament. Gore dominated the paint and helped lead the Lady Cats to a state record fourth consecutive gold ball. No girls team had ever accomplished that, until now. The Gore twins have dominated Class A basketball for all four years of their eligibility. Class A coaches everywhere will be celebrating when the Gores graduate in May.
CLASS B BOYS
Braden Ray – Guard – Kinta
You can make the argument for a few players from Kinta as they brought home not only the first basketball title but the first state title in any sport back home. However, we’re going with Braden Roy, for similar reasons that McLemore won it for the Class A boys tourney. Ray was on fire from three-point range and Kinta needed Ray to shoot the lights out as they were going up against an explosive Calumet team. In a game that went back and forth throughout, Ray never slowed down.
CLASS B GIRLS
Savannah Deatherage – Guard – Varnum
Big time players make big time plays in big time games. That’s the case here as Varnum’s Savannah Deatherage was not a candidate to be the MVP until the final 15 seconds of their championship win. We had already decided the MVP for both Hammon or Varnum. Then Deatherage made the play of the weekend. After Varnum finished off a 6-0 run by tying the game at 36, Detheridge stole the inbound pass from Hammon, raced 55 feet and made a contested lay up, while being fouled, with only eight seconds remaining. She made the free throw, Hammon’s tying shot was no good and Deatherage delivered a moment that will be remembered in Varnum forever.