Who: Adair VS Christian Heritage
What: Class 3A Girls State Championship
When: Saturday – 10:30AM
Where: OKC Fairgrounds Arena
We will have a new Class 3A state champion but plenty of familiar faces will take the floor on Championship Saturday. #6 Christian Heritage will square off with #9 Adair for the 2019 Class 3A crown. Christian Heritage has captured back to back 2A championships, including a perfect season a year ago. They moved up to 3A but the expectations never changed. With their star trio of Lexie Davis, Olivia Curtis and Rylee Langerman all returning, the Lady Crusaders came into the 2018-2019 season excited for the new challenge of a higher class. Standing in the way of a third straight state title will be another perennial power in 3A girls basketball. Adair has had an up and down season that included being snake bitten by injuries at the start. However, the Lady Warriors know what it takes to win games in March. They came to state for the 14th consecutive year and they’ve won at least one state tourney game in all but four appearances during that stretch. These two teams are familiar with one another as well. They met back on December 20th with Christian Heritage beating Adair on the road 54-44.
TALE OF THE TAPE
ADAIR LADY WARRIORS
Championships: 3 (2009, 1989 & 1988)
Road To Championship Saturday
Quarterfinals: Beat Sulphur 54-47
Semifinals: Beat Millwood 47-34
Adair is happy to be playing on Championship Saturday for the sixth time in school history. However, they have to be a little happier knowing that a certain losing streak has come to a close. Friday morning’s game with Millwood marked the seventh consecutive season that Adair had made it to the semifinals. However, they had lost their last four appearances in the semi’s. All four losses came to different opponents. However, all of that is in the past as Adair will wake up Saturday knowing that they’re still playing.
Player To Watch: Autumn Hines – Guard
With a roster that features only one senior and a starting lineup that is full of underclassmen, the future is bright for Adair as the Lady Warriors don’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Leading the way is junior guard Autumn Hines, Adair’s leading scorer. She bounced back from a quiet quarterfinal victory with a big performance in their win over Millwood. After scoring just nine points in their Thursday win over Sulphur, Hines went off for 21 points in the victory over the Lady Falcons. Hines’ play in the second half was a big reason why the Lady Warriors are playing on Saturday.
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE LADY CRUSADERS
Championships: 2 (2017 & 2018)
Road To Championship Saturday
Quarterfinals: Beat Roland 57-49
Semifinals: Beat Tahlequah Sequoyah 51-48
Despite coming into this tournament as a back to back champion, Christian Heritage had one of the tougher roads to make it to Championship Saturday. The Lady Crusaders had to beat #2 Roland in the quarterfinals and follow that up with a win over #1 Tahlequah Sequoyah, the team that has won the last two 3A championships. The Lady Crusaders have won their last ten consecutive games dating back to late January. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that they’re playing great basketball right now.
Player To Watch: Olivia Curtis – Guard
We’ve already talked about Christian Heritage’s special trio so you take your pick on which ONE you want to spotlight. However, we’re going with the senior Olivia Curtis for her last ride with the Lady Crusaders. She came into state as their leading scorer and scored 17 points in their first round win over Roland, all 17 points coming after halftime. She also scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in their semifinal win over Tahlequah Sequoyah. While junior Rylee Langerman has been the best player over the last two days, you can’t help but wonder what Curtis will do in her final game at the Big House.