• Texas’, Oklahoma’s best meet again today
By Lynn Garnand
Transcript Sports Writer
The ball’s back in Oklahoma’s court.
In the three previous Oklahoma-Texas All-Star Classic games, the home team has won.
In the inaugural of the renewed series from the 1970s and ‘80s, the girls from the Lone Star State prevailed in Texas Tech’s United Sprit Arena. They did the same last summer.
Between those losses, in 2003, the Sooner State squad prevailed at Lloyd Noble Center.
Today, in a return trip to LNC, Oklahoma will try to even up this version of the Red River Rivalry when it takes on Texas at 2 p.m.
Home cooking may or may not have something to do with which team wins.
Brett Sanders, who will be coaching the Oklahomans along with Dwight Winburn of Newkirk, has another theory.
“Just look at their lineup. It’s a typical Texas team. Almost every one of their players are going to a Division I school,” said Sanders, who piloted Anadarko to the Class 4A state championship last season.
“That’s nothing new. We don’t have as many players to choose from, but the ones we have will come to play — and they’ll play hard. We just have a typical Oklahoma team.”
The Classic will have local players in Taylor Hardeman of Norman High and Carolyn Winchester of Washington.
Hardeman was a mainstay on the Lady Tigers’ Class 6A state championship team last March. Winchester was the inside presence on the Lady Warriors’ three straight state tournament appearances, including two title runs.
One of the most recruited Oklahomans by college coaches is Earnesia Williams of Sapulpa, who was named player of the year by several media outlets. After the Classic, she is going south, having signed with Texas.
Another Oklahoma player, Danielle Zanotti of Mustang, is going north to Kansas State.
On the Texas side, the Lone Star Staters boast such players as Jamie Buxkemper, who has also signed with the Longhorns; Darchelle Griffin and LaVonda Henderson (Texas Tech); and Eboni Mangum (Louisiana Tech). They have one defection college-wise, however. Jamie Dreiling will be going to Tulsa.