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April 19, 2003 - Issue 85


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Anadarko Warriors Take State

by Gerald Wofford - Native Times.Com

Anadarko Warriors hoist the Championship Trophy(April 2, 2003) The Anadarko Warriors became the Champions of Class 4A High School Basketball when they defeated Piedmont by a score of seventy-four to sixty-seven.

Andarko High School has a long and successful history in High School Basketball, but it has been 28 years since they have proudly hoisted a State Championship Trophy in the air.

The Warriors did it with a tremendous team that included five elite starters, starters who have basketball savvy and are all Native American.

"We got off to a really good start," said Head Coach Doug Schumpert about the Championship game. "But I knew it wasn't going to last forever, Piedmont is too good for that." But Piedmont Head Coach Butch Burton was well aware of the strength Anadarko had. "To tell you the truth," said Burton, "I don’t' think it was anything that we didn't do, Anadarko was just playing great basketball."

The Warriors did start the game red-hot, Cameron Yeahquo was the 3-point specialist, as well as Damon Nimsey and Jeremy Hunter. Hunter, who is a senior and is listed at 6'2, would start the first quarter without missing a basket. Hunter would go on to score 20 points in the first half and end the game with a team-high of 29 points.  Team-wise, the Warriors cruised to a 17-2 lead and after eight minutes in the contest held a 24-8 advantage.

But the game was far from over with Piedmont who challenged the Warriors every step of the way. Eventually climbing back into the game and taking the lead late in the game. The lead would change twice before Anadarko, thanks to Yeahquo who made a crucial fourth quarter shot while drawing the foul. Of all the key elements to this Championship game, Schumpert points to Yeahquo's late play specifically as critical. "That was easily the play of the game," said Schumpert. Cameron just kept working and finally got it to go. He's been doing that all year." Yeahquo would also finish the game strong with 20 points and 15 rebounds.  

Schumpert, who is in his third year of coaching, points to a disciplined team that "seemed to get better with each practice and each game." The Warriors would finish the season with 26 wins and only 3 losses. Anadarko would also claim the Southern Plains Conference Championship, and the Mid First Warrior Classic Tournament as well as District, Regional and Area Championships. In fact, since the end of January the Warriors have been the tops of Class 4A with a number 1 ranking.   

Those starters include: Jeremy Hunter-Kiowa, Cameron Yeahquo-Kiowa/Wichita, Damon Nimsey-Wichita, Adam Parker-Kiowa/Comanche, and Derrick Lorentz-Wichita.                                   

For his performance in the Championship game, Hunter would go on to claim the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, "I know I just wanted to win," said Hunter referring to the Warriors State Championship Trophy.

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