The bigger the games, the better Baileigh O’Dell plays.
In the Port City Classic, O’Dell turned in an impressive three-game performance to lead the Class 3A No. 5 Verdigris Lady Cardinals to a third-place finish.
O’Dell, who is a three-year starter for the Lady Cardinals, sparked Verdigris to wins over Catoosa and Cascia Hall.
The Lady Cardinals floor general tallied a career-high 31 points in a 76-52 win over Cascia Hall.
O’Dell scored 25 of her 31 points in the first half of the third-place game Saturday afternoon. She drained four three-pointers during that stretch and also played tenacious on defense with five steals.
On the season, O’Dell ranks second in Class 3A scoring across the Tulsa Metro area. In 18 games, O’Dell has 316 total points for an average of 17.6 per game.
She has converted 112-of-242 field goal attempts for a 46.3 shooting percentage. From the perimeter, O’Dell has drained 26-of-67 treys for a 38.8 shooting percentage.
When O’Dell isn’t scoring, she remains a threat with her court awareness.
This season, in 18 games, O’Dell has 88 total assists for 8.8 per game.
On defense, O’Dell’s speed and tenacity has led to 77 total steals for an average of 4.3 per game.
Along with O’Dell, senior forward Stacia Payne joined O’Dell on the Port City Classic All-Tournament team with 48 total points, 15 rebounds, 14 steals and 12 assists in three games.
The leadership of O’Dell and Payne, along with starters Caitlyn Hanslovan, Camry Collins and Courtney Risenhoover, has the Lady Cardinals ranked among the top five teams in Class 3A heading into February.
According to the Tulsa World Metro area statistics, Risenhoover has 120 total rebounds in 18 games for an average of 6.7 per game. She’s also made 52-of-72 free throws for a 72.2 shooting percentage.
This Friday, the Lady Cardinals (16-3) return to Will Rogers Conference action at 6:30 p.m. in Sperry.
Class 3A Top 10 Rankings: 1. Sulphur (16-0); 2. Perkins-Tryon (18-0); 3. OKC Millwood (11-3); 4. Adair (19-0); 5. Verdigris (16-3); 6. Plainview (15-3); 7. Tishomingo (15-3); 8. Beggs (14-3); 9. Kansas (12-5); 10. Prague (14-4).
The bigger the games, the better Baileigh O’Dell plays.
‘Lucky 7’ comes through in the 3rd
Over the course of his four-year baseball career at Verdigris High School, third baseman Ryan Skalnik has had his share of memorable at-bats.
None more important than Tuesday’s appearance in the Large School East-West All-State Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa.
Skalnik, who was the lone senior this season for Verdigris and a four-time Class 3A state champion, thrived under pressure in the top of the third inning for the East.
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The East blanked the West 3-0 in the Large School All-State Baseball Game Tuesday night at J. L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
Claremore catcher Matt Whatley and third baseman Ryan Skalnik of Verdigris represented Rogers County in the contest.
Skalnik finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI's. Whatley was 0-for-1 with a walk.
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RSU places 77 student-athletes on Heartland Conference Academic All-Conference Honor Roll
The Heartland Conference announced that more than 1000 student-athletes from its 12 member institutions landed a spot on the Academic All-Conference honor roll, including 77 from Rogers State.
The Hillcats had 33 student-athletes named to the President's Honor Roll while 44 earned Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition.
Indoor football coming back to Enid?
Is Enid ready to give professional arena football another try? Oklahoma City businessman Antwone Taulton and Enid Enforcers owner Mark Timberlake think so, and are in the early stages of a plan they hope will see the return of arena football in 2015 to Enid after an absence of more than 10 years. And if things progress as one league executive expects, an official announcement could be forthcoming in the near future.
OU holds Mixon out of practice, investigation continues
Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today, but freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there, the school announced Wednesday night.
The university, in its statement, said “Joe Mixon is not reporting for team activities at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Ticket options available for Arkansas women's basketball
The excitement surrounding head coach Jimmy Dykes and the 2014-15 University of Arkansas women’s basketball season is building every day in Northwest Arkansas.
As the excitement builds, the Razorback Ticket Center has announced the availability of women’s basketball season ticket plans including several new options for this season. Tickets go on sale beginning today and can be purchased online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by calling the Razorback Ticket Center at 800-982-4647. Current season ticket holders will receive renewal forms in the mail the first week of August.
Ex-OSU baseball players Oliver, Hague on new paths in All-Star season
Matt Hague has transitioned to being a power hitter and Andy Oliver has evolved into a shutdown closer.
The former Oklahoma State players were both named International League All-Stars after reinventing themselves this season with the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ex-Sooner Courtney Paris finding niche with Shock
It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the nation.
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In at least one category, Dallas Keuchel is Clayton Kershaw's equal. For at least one three-game series, Houston was better than Oakland.
Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Astros past the Athletics 8-1 Wednesday.
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