Tahlequah Daily Press

January 30, 2014

No. 11 Oklahoma State escapes TCU

Local and state briefs

From staff and wire reports

— FORT WORTH, Texas — Roshunda Johnson's basket with 9 seconds remaining lifted No. 11 Oklahoma State to a 49-48 victory over TCU Wednesday on a night Tiffany Bias became the Cowgirls' all-time assist leader.

Bias had five assists for 712 in her career at Oklahoma State (18-2, 7-2 Big 12). She led the Cowgirls with 17 points. Johnson finished with 10 while Brittney Martin had 15 rebounds.

Oklahoma State trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half. OSU caught the Horned Frogs (12-8, 3-5) at 38-all on Kendra Suttles' layup with 12:10 left and didn't take its first lead until 10:30.

OSU was held to a season-low point total. The Cowgirls were also held to a season low for a single half with 20 points in the second half, but TCU scored only 14.

TCU was led by Natalie Ventress with 12 points and Zahna Medley 11. Latricia Lovings grabbed 12 rebounds.

Broken Arrow names Alexander as football coach

BROKEN ARROW — Broken Arrow High School announced that David Alexander will take over as the school's next head football coach. Alexander was the running backs coach under Steve Spavital, who announced his retirement after the Tigers wrapped up a 10-3 season in 2013.

Alexander's hiring is pending until it is approved at Broken Arrow's next Board of Education meeting on Feb. 10.

 “There were nearly 50 applicants for this position including some of our current coaches, as well as multiple in-state and out-of-state candidates,” Broken Arrow superintendent Jarod Mendenhall said in a release on the school's website. " Only 15 of those applicants received an interview with our committee, which then narrowed the applicant pool down to two finalists."

The other finalist was Guthrie head coach Rafe Watkins.

Alexander is a Broken Arrow graduate and has already been inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame.

Hulbert to host hoops event

Hulbert’s home basketball games against Gore on Friday night will be a special night at Rider Fieldhouse. The games will benefit the Coaches vs. Cancer Foundation.

There will be a drawing for a La-A-Boy reclining chair at halftime of the boys game. All donations made during the game will be sent to the American Cancer Society.

T-shirts for the event can be purchased by contacting coach Towanna Scott at (918) 931-2750.

HS hoops player dies in western Okla.

CEMENT — A high school basketball player died Tuesday night in western Oklahoma.

The Minco-Union City Times reported that a player died during a game between Cement and Union City. The player was Cement's Seth Martin, which was confirmed via a Facebook post on Wednesday.

"Everybody's in shock," Cement superintendent Danny Pittman told the Oklahoman.

According to reports, Martin was on the bench during the game when he stood up and then collapsed. He was life-flighted to OU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Martin was 15.