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March 7, 2013

Class 5A girls state tournament preview

Thursday (at Catoosa)

Game 1: East Central vs. Del City, 2 p.m.

Game 2: Deer Creek vs. Collinsville, 3:30 p.m.

Game 3: Shawnee vs. Memorial, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Tahlequah vs. Carl Albert, 8:30 p.m.

Friday (at Mabee Center)

Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 10:30 a.m.

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday (at Mabee Center)

Game 7: Championship game, 6 p.m.

Tahlequah Tigers

Record: 17-9.

Ranking: No. 7.

Coach: Chad Walker.

Top players: Marisa Girdner (Jr, 5-5, guard), Whitney Wright (Jr, 5-7, guard), Casey Beaston (Sr, 5-11 forward), Alissa Hadley (Sr, 5-6, guard).

Path to state: Area champion. An easy win over Coweta got things started in the regional semifinals, and the Tigers followed that up with their highest point total of the year in a 68-63 victory to win their regional over Chickasha. A week later, Tahlequah trumped Memorial for a spot in the state tournament.

Notes: This is Tahlequah's first appearance in the state tournament since 2001. The Tigers were runners-up that year. ... Tahlequah's leading scorer Randee O'Donnell is questionable for the state tournament after suffering a lower left leg injury during Tahlequah's regional game against Coweta. ... O'Donnell leads the Tigers in scoring at 10.2 points per game. Wright is the team's second-leading scorer at 8.1 points a game.

Carl Albert Titans

Record: 21-6.

Ranking: No. 3.

Coach: Tim Price.

Top players: Gioya Carter, Jordan Gilbert.

Path to state: Area consolation champion. The Titans breezed past Southeast before recording a six-point win over Del City for a regional title. A loss to Deer Creek in the area finals meant a 35-34 win over Lawton MacArthur was necessary for Carl Albert to make it to the state tournament.

Notes: This Carl Albert's ninth straight season in the state tournament, which is tied with for Fort Gibson for the longest active streak in the state. ... Carter has signed to play college basketball at Oklahoma. ... Carl Albert's last title came in 2000. The Titans have won four in school history.

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