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February 26, 2014

CHS girls hit stride in postseason build-up



After sinking a 28 points against Durant, senior Alex Stewart has followed that up with two more games into double-digit points. She had 14 against Duncan and 11 at Western Heights last week. This comes after a mid-season slump that Stewart has put well behind her.

"It was just one of those slumps you can't explain," Stewart said. "I'm glad we're out of it. We've always been really close, but it does make us happier to win."

On top of that are players like sophomore Taylor Sylvester (six points against Western Heights), freshmen Karissa Duke (seven points against Duncan), Meredith Nolan (six points and seven rebounds against Duncan), and Jaycie Brown (10 rebounds against Duncan) who are all now starting to contribute more with each passing game.

Perhaps it's one of those "time-of-year" things. The team is becoming more energetic, Golightly said, as they look forward to another season finale with endless possibilities.

"Since last year when we went into the playoffs and won, we just took it from last year," Golightly said. "Everyone is putting in a little more energy in the gym, because we plan on making it pretty far this year."

It's also down to the schedule. Edelen said in the past she would put her team's schedule against anyone in the state, which included stretches like playing No. 1 Shawnee away before coming back to take on 4A No. 3 Anadarko and No. 4 Carl Albert at home. There was also the matter of No. 3 Deer Creek at home.

"We knew if we could just survive that death row, we would get three games in a row leading into the playoffs that wouldn't be against number one, number two back-to-back," she said. "We were hoping that could get our confidence going. This was the plan, it scripted out exactly how we had hoped it to."

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