Apr. 8—The selections have been announced.
The Oklahoma Coaches Association released the selections to the 2021 All-State girls basketball teams on Thursday, with three local names being selected to represent their schools.
Two local players were named to the Small School East roster. Hartshorne's Ashton Hackler and Kiowa's Kye Stone were each selected to all-state honors after helped lead their respective schools to state tournament appearances.
Hackler averaged 22.1 points per game, as well as 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. She helmed a Lady Miners team that finished with an 18-3 record and was ranked sixth in Class 2A. Hartshorne also made an appearance — its fourth in a row — in the Class 2A State Tournament, with a narrow 63-62 loss to Silo in the quarterfinal round.
Hackler was also named to the 2021 McAlester News-Capital All-Area Girls Basketball First Team.
Stone averaged 19.8 points per game for Kiowa, adding in 8.5 rebounds, 2.6 steals, and one block per game as well. She and the Cowgirls finished with a 15-5 record and were ranked fifth in Class B. Kiowa made its second-straight state tournament appearance, with the Cowgirls making their way to the state title game for the first time in school history — where they fell 67-60 in a back-and-forth game with Lomega.
Stone was also named to this year's McAlester News-Capital All-Area Girls Basketball Team as the 2021 Player of the Year.
Hackler and Stone were both also named to the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State teams.
But local players weren't the only ones that were awarded with honors, as McAlester coach Jarrod Owen was named as the head coach for the Large School East All-State Team.
Owen and the Lady Buffs saw many successes this season, including three wins over ranked opponents — a 46-41 win over then-No. 7 Will Rogers, a 58-57 win over then-No. 17 Noble, and a 60-39 win over No. 16 Memorial in the opening round of the postseason.
After taking a win in the regional tournament, the Lady Buffs advanced to the area tournament, where their season would come to an end.
In addition to their season successes, Owen had two players — Stevie Stinchcomb and Elizabeth Milligan — that were named to the 2021 McAlester News-Capital All-Area Girls Basketball Teams.
The OCA All State games are scheduled for Wednesday, July 28 at a site to be determined.
Here are the complete Small and Large School East All-State rosters:
SMALL SCHOOL EAST
Micah Clayton, Lincoln Christian
Carson Dean, Latta
Emrie Ellis, Vanoss
Ashton Hackler, Hartshorne
Kye Stone, Kiowa
Makayla Twyman, Howe
Jade Upshaw, Kellyville
Avri Weeks, Kingston
Elaine Witt, Dale
Emily Wilson, Vanoss
Head Coach: Jon Hurt, Vanoss
Coach: Will Seymour, Okemah
LARGE SCHOOL EAST
Lexi Borgstadt, Verdigris
Kate Bradley, Bixby
Linda Brice, Coweta
Kacey Fishinghawk, Tahlequah
Jordan Gann, Fort Gibson
Rory Geer, Grove
Aubrie Megehee, Shawnee
Kaylen Nelson, Union
Landyn Owens, Ada
Temira Poindexter, Sapulpa
Head Coach: Jarrod Owen, McAlester
Coach: Bobby Belveal, Glenpool
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