Three seasons ago Kate Gronigan burned herself into the consciousness of Bartlesville High School girls basketball fans with her buzzer-beating shot against Owasso High.
Gronigan has continued to be a force of determination for the Lady Bruins through good times and tough — of which there has been much more of the latter.
At another area school, Oklahoma High School’s Kade Hollingshed has been part of some very happy accomplishments, highlighted by the Cougars winning the Class 2A state title last season.
But, the two top players off that powerhouse — Jace Hollingshed and Nate Collier — graduated, which left it up to Kade and a handful of other significant contributors from last year to try to defend the tradition.
Gronigan and Hollingshed share this week’s Patriot Auto Group E-E Athlete of the Week honors.
Last weekend, Gronigan elevated her game to help the Lady Bruins compete strong in the Carl Albert tournament.
Gronigan scored in double figures all three games, including 10 in a 51-38 win against Durant.
Gronigan also proved to be relentless in her efforts in a 42-36 loss to Del City to finish out the competition.
She hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter to cut Del City’s lead to three points.
Gronigan canned a two-pointer and a free throw early in the final period to made it single-digit game, 40-32.
Gronigan average 11.8 points for the tourney.
In addition to scoring, she also delivered several key passes, labored hard on the boards and helped lead the Lady Bruin defense.
For her hard work, she was named to the Titan Classic All-Tournament team.
Last week, Hollingshed skinned the nets for 22 points in the 49-34 win against Alva in the championship game of the Pawhuska tourney.
Earlier this month, Hollingshed also put in 22 points in a 58-41 victory against Ketchum.
Oklahoma Union’s current record is 13-3 and the Cougars are ranked No. 2 in the state in 2A. They received five first-place votes in this week’s poll.
This article originally appeared on Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: ATHLETE: Focus on Bartlesville, Oklahoma Union