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March 20, 2014

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PRYOR, OK — Like Pryor’s annual baseball trip to Pensacola or the first gridiron contest of the year along Highway 82, Adair’s trek to Oklahoma City for the girls basketball state tournament has been cemented as a Mayes County tradition.

Their recent trip, which ended in the bad kind of tears for the hometown squad, was the school’s ninth in a row. It prompted “dynasty” discussion to enter the mix, especially if the Lady Warriors can return for an amazing 10th straight trip next season, and there is little evidence to the contrary.

With a little time to unload from the glitz and glamour of the state tournament, here are a few stray observations about the county’s resident powerhouse and its most recent foray into the shrine they call the Big House:

When you’re hot, you’re hot

Adair took perhaps the toughest one-two punch of any team in a state tournament Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, Heritage Hall’s Erika Wakefield notched 35 points — the most against Adair all year — to push Adair to the brink before Lippe's free throws saved the Lady Warriors in a semi.

In the final, Alva’s Jaden Hobbs poured in 32 points to go with her 45 the night before against Washington (another all-time, all-class record) and 30 in a quarterfinal against Verdigris. Her 107 points is the highest three-game total for any 5-on-5 girls state tournament.

Wakefield, a senior, will play Division I ball for Tulsa next year. Hobbs, a sophomore, somehow had zero offers as of Saturday night.

No silver lining

Call it evil, call it devious, call it downright mean. Whatever you call it, making the losing school pose for pictures under a basket facing the winners celebrating at midcourt is pretty cruel.

Adair stood in two rows as Alva hoisted its championship trophy at center court 20 feet away. The agony was palpable.

So let’s move the runner-up photos off the court.

It’s not a lack of sportsmanship on Alva’s part; they won the tournament fair and square. They should have their chance to dance, but let’s treat both teams like human beings with feelings.

Maybe this is one of those quirky OSSAA traditions, I don’t know, but traditions are often dumb things we do out of habit. This is an easy fix.

Adair doesn't rebuild, it reloads

Scott Winfield will lose six seniors from the 2014 team, including three starters (Molly Kerr, Rendi Rogers and Bailey Stephens) and two of the first three off the bench (Jenny Fleming and Madi Wengerd).

The seniors combined for 24 state trips and a dozen trips to title games, so losing them will be a big blow, but rising senior Kylie Looney (verbally committed to Northeastern State) and rising sophomore Keni Jo Lippe will provide an ample foundation for 2015. The two were the team’s top scorers in 2013-14.

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