The Moore American


December 12, 2012

Off and running Southmoore off to best start in school history



The Cats opened the season with a 21 point win over Norman. But they really cemented that they are for real by taking down No. 2 Midwest City 46-36 and No. 6 Harrah 50-48.

“Last week was basically a roller coaster ride for us, both mentally and physically,” Kannady-Sayes said. “We came out 3-1 and lost a ball game that I think if we were a little fresh, we would have had a better chance to win. But Northeast is a great team, so I have to take a couple of great wins. Midwest City was a great win. Won a close game versus Choctaw and beat Harrah at Harrah. So we beat three quality trams and took one hit.”

Southmoore’s success revolves around a talented and athletic front court comprised of sophomores Serithia Hawkins and Kyeria Hannah and senior Bailey Olsen.

“Obviously they put a lot of points on the board for us, which is what everyone looks at,” Kannady-Sayes said. “But they beat a lot of teams down floor, they block a lot of shots and they are the reason why we are outrebounded teams. They help us in every aspect of the ball game.”

However, Tucker has become the team’s focal point. The shooting guard has always been a potent scorer, but now she is adding other aspects to her game.

“I have definitely improved a lot in my ball handling and my leadership,” Tucker said. “I’ve tried to increase my role as a leader on the team, especially being a senior. The whole team has come together a lot more. We’ve all mature a lot more. So its easier to lead a team that wants to be helped and led.”

Tucker, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Alabama State, wants to show that the team’s start isn’t a fluke when it traveled to cross-town rival Westmoore (2-2) Dec. 11. It was the biggest game on the schedule for Tucker, who has saved some of her best outings for the Jaguars.

“It’s definitely going to be a very emotional game,” Tucker said before the game. “I’m ready to play against them. It’s going to be one of my last Southwest Showdowns. But I expect us to pull out a win and get a victory over our rivals.”

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