MUSKOGEE – Coach Doyle Rowland and the Lady Roughers have high hopes this season after posting a 23-5 record before a state semifinal loss to Edmond Santa Fe.
The Lady Roughers get back four starters from last year’s squad, none more talented than junior Aaliyah Wilson.
Wilson led the Lady Roughers in scoring with an 18.4 points per game average.
“If she’s not the best in the state, she is in the top two,” said Rowland of his star.
Wilson will see familiar faces with junior Jada Ford who averaged 15 points and has one of the best shots Rowland has seen. Also back is sophomore point guard Trena Mims and senior LaNice Rozell who Rowland says is the most fierce competitor on the court.
Rowland will also look to some swing players with Lee Westbrook at the top of the list.
“We expect big things from her,” said Rowland.
Rowland expects junior post Vomarra McNac to give the Lady Roughers what they need down low to be successful. Senior Danaza Brown will get plenty of minutes as well.
“We can go 8-9 deep this year with ease,” said Rowland. “Barring any injury, our expectations are extremely high for these girls.”
Muskogee was at Fort Gibson for team camp this past week before going to the Bixby Festival for two days beginning Monday. The Lady Roughers will also attend team camp at Wichita State June 19-20. Summer Pride begins on June 9.
FORT GIBSON – The Class 4A back-to-back state champion Lady Tigers are hard at this off-season and should be right back in the mix for a third title. Coach Jerry Walker has the leadership and experience with his eight seniors, four of whom started a year ago.
“Nothing is guaranteed at our school,” said Walker. “Every off-season the girls have to earn their spots.”
Back is the Lady Tigers top scorer in Desiree Phipps. Phipps averaged 12 points per and, according to Walker, is an excellent scorer and offensive threat. Also back are two 10-point per game scorers in Allie Glover, the hero of the state championship game against Anadarko, and Jayme Hill along with Grace Parker.
Walker and the Lady Tigers have under classmen to worry about as well.
Sophomores Kabree Edgmon, Allie Christie and Cailey Cunningham are all in the mix for playing time this season along with two freshmen in Casey Glover and Alexis Wright at their respected guard positions.
“Our depth pool is outstanding in all classes,” said Walker. “We have more depth this year than I have ever seen with 13 girls who are basketball players, not just athletes.”
Fort Gibson hosts a team camp June 9-11 and Walker takes his club to Missouri Southern for camp June 23-25. The Summer Pride program starts up June 16.