Congratulations to Edmond North girls basketball shooting guard Laci Steele for being voted SBLive’s Oklahoma High School Athlete of the Week for Dec. 27-Jan. 2!
One of the state’s top juniors, Steele had nine of her 14 points in the second half as North posted a 52-45 win against Mustang in the title game of the Mustang Holiday Classic. She also had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the Huskies’ 92-37 semifinal win against Putnam City North and 19 points in their 78-27 opening-round win against Strother.
Steele received 60.79% of the vote, beating out Bixby’s Gracy Wernli who finished second with 38.31%.
Here are the other athletes who were nominated for Dec. 27-Jan. 2:
Terry McMorris, Del City boys basketball
A junior, McMorris had 19 points and snagged 14 rebounds as the Eagles handed Tulsa Memorial its first loss with a 59-49 decision in the title game of the Tournament of Champions in Tulsa. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, averaging 13 points in three wins. McMorris also had 14 points, including a game-winning dunk in the closing seconds, in the Eagles’ 67-65 overtime win against Jenks in the semifinals.
Gracy Wernli, Bixby girls basketball
Wernli, a junior, was the leading scorer at the Tournament of Champion in Tulsa, scoring 52 points in three games, and was also named a co-MVP of the tournament. She had 19 points in the Lady Spartans’ 69-48 win against Seiling in the opening round, 20 in Bixby’s 48-32 win against Holland Hall in the semifinals and 13 in the Lady Spartans’ 56-31 win against previously undefeated Lincoln Christian for the championship.
Jordan Warrior, Putnam City North boys basketball
Warrior, a sophomore, was named as the Most Valuable Player of the Coca-Cola Classic in Fort Smith, Ark., as the Patriots claimed the tournament title. He had 14 points in both the semifinals (a 74-62 win against Fort Smith Southside) and the title game (as the Patriots defeated Fort Smith Northside, 73-59).
Tre Elam, Pocola boys basketball
Elam was selected as the MVP of the Bill Frye Invitational in Mansfield, Ark., as the Indians claimed the tournament title. He had 16 points and six rebounds in Pocola’s 51-44 semifinal win against Waldron, Ark., and then had 16 points in the championship game, a 68-47 win against Hackett, Ark.
Jacobe Johnson, Mustang boys basketball
Johnson, one of the state’s top junior players, was named the MVP of the Mustang Holiday Classic, as the Broncos posted a 62-55 win against Putnam City North for the title. He had 22 points in the win. In the semifinals, Johnson had 14 points in the Broncos’ 53-41 win against Midwest City Carl Albert.
Shuntavious Frost, Valliant boys basketball
Frost scored 23 points as the Bulldogs defeated Hugo, 43-30, to win the Idabel Winter Classic. He was also named the tournament’s MVP as Valliant improved its record to 7-0.