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March 15, 2014

The impossible plays out in Washington’s mystifying loss

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Instead, she finished the second half with 32 points that nobody disputed and one that even the Goldbug faithful have to know they did not deserve.

“The other coach told me it was a terrible call,” Washington’s Rocky Clarke said.

About the only good about it all is what Washington has coming back, which just happens to be its entire team minus senior reserves — and sometime assistant coaches — Ally Wells and Kelsey Clarke.

It is a team whose sophomores have lost one time, Friday, going back to the seventh grade, and whose freshmen and juniors have lost thrice since the seventh grade. It is also a team whose first seven in the rotation — Kelsey Johnson, Dagan Lampkin, Allison Wells, Kailee Orr, Brenna Busby, Nevada Denton, Malia Wilfong — do not put their head on their pillow until they’ve made at least 500 shots on their own time.

You wonder if that happens at Norman High, or Norman North, or, for crying out loud, the University of Oklahoma.

Also, this.

Hobbs stole the show against the Warriors, canning 10 of 18 shots and five of her last six from 3-point land, but Warrior sophomore Kelsey Johnson was terrific again, too, going for 21 and seven rebounds.

Are there two better about-to-be juniors in the state than the Goldbug and Warrior nobody had an answer for over two days at SNU?

If Washington had prevailed, the story might have been about how hard it would be today for Adair to shut down every Warrior threat, because after Johnson, Orr knocked down 19 points and Lampkin added 14.

Instead, Washington will have to wait a long offseason to lace them up again. Over that time, perhaps, the school will claim a second straight state fast-pitch crown with a softball team that overlaps with its basketball team in a big, big way.

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