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January 25, 2013

A good day to go to the gym

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NEWCASTLE —

As long as he’s right.

“We’re going to end up being really good,” Clarke said.

One freshman is 6-foot-3 Kelsey Johnson, who has some game to go with that frame. She and Dagan Lampkin combined for 29 points against the Jags.

Clarke really likes his team.

“They’re great,” he said. “They’re flipping and flopping on the floor. Their attitudes are good. They know I love them, so I can gripe at them, and we just keep on keepin’ on.”

Back to the state tournament? Do you want to bet against the Washington girls’ history?

The Westmoore boys would love to go to the state tournament. Thursday’s victory made them 9-5 on the season, and appeared to identify their best player; that, or at least one player they can go to when times turn tough.

Tripp Fuller is a working man’s basketball player. The best kid on the court for either team Thursday, the 6-4 forward finished with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, all of it but two points coming in the game’s first 24 minutes.

The most impressive thing about him was he looked like a guy who knew what he wanted to do and did it, because lots of talented kids don’t.

“I’m a dirty work kind of guy,” said Fuller, who owns a 4.667 GPA and a 32 ACT score if recruitoklaho-ma.com can be trusted. “I just do what the team needs me to do for us to win.”

From the looks of it, what the team needs to do is put the ball in Fuller’s hands as often as possible.

As for the Washington boys, they’re not as young as the Washington girls. But they’re still young, clearly well coached and have a star in Cooper Treadaway, though he was limited to nine points and four rebounds by the Jaguars, who have won three of four, the only loss a plenty respectable 63-51 setback to No. 2 Edmond Memorial.

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