Hard work pays off for area stars
When she heard the news of being named All State by both the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) and the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association (OGBCA) earlier this month, Comanche 6-5 senior center Misty Dossey was more concerned if her senior teammate, point guard Jordyn Morris, earned All-State honors as well.
"Did Jordyn get All-State?" Dossey asked her coach, Sean Hushbeck.
Morris was indeed named All-State by the OGBCA, which Dossey was overjoyed to hear.
"They've been that way their whole career where they are more concerned about each other than themselves," Hushbeck said. "You're happy those players come around every once in awhile as a coach because they impact your program so much and build so much momentum. The impact her and Jordyn have had is far-reaching, and we'll feel the effects for years to come."
The girls basketball All State teams by the two coaches' committees were released in April. Dossey joins 2,000-point scorer Lyndei Mercer of Velma-Alma and Jaeda Reed of Lawton Eisenhower as a trio of Southwest Oklahoma players on the OCA All-State team, which has 10 senior honorees in each classification of Small West, East and Large West, East.
Mercer averaged 26.5 points per game her senior year to finish her high school career with 2,185 points while becoming the 40th girl in Oklahoma history to reach the 2,000-point milestone. Mercer, who is committed to play college basketball at Southwestern Christian in Bethany, is now one of 41 girls in state history to reach the mark, and she finished her career averaging a double-double with 20.0 points and 10 rebounds per game.
"To see her honored with what she's accomplished on the court is special," said Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare, who received the Charles K. Heatly Award from the OGBCA last month. "The committee said it was never a questoin for Lyndei but you never know how much stake they put in to far your team went. But people have known about her for four years and know how great she is."
On the OGBCA All State team, Mercer (Small School West), Dossey (Middle West) and Reed (Large West) are joined by Shelby Ard (Small West) of Hobart, who averaged 16.6 points per game and Jordyn Morris of Comanche (Middle West).
"Jordyn had such an impact on our team," Hushbeck said. "It's awesome coaches understood and recognized the impact she had. A lot of times those impact players get left out of awards like All-State."
Morris averaged averaged 5.0 assists per game and a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio in her career starting all 115 games along with 6.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game her senior season.
Statistically, Morris didn't believe she had a chance, but Dossey believed she was was worthy.
"I felt it was a bigger deal that Jordyn got it than I did," Dossey said. "Because she's always been there for me. She's always the same as me and hasn't gotten near half the credit. The coaches on the committee know basketball. They see how much you do on the court, I told her. When they see you play, they see how hard of a worker you are and how good of a leader. I knew she was going to get it."
Dossey, who is committed to play basketball for the University of Texas-Arlington, averaged 16.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game in 115 starts while leading alongside Morris Comanche to 100 wins, a 27-3 record this season, three State tournaments, a State runner-up finish with a Silver Ball, four Stephens County championships, finishing her career 1,901 points, 1156 rebounds and 604 blocks.
"Misty is probably no doubt the most decorated basketball player in Comanche history with all the accolades she's won over the past four years," said Hushbeck, who re-iterated that at the team banquet on Sunday. "She's probably top-10 in this area in a long time. Misty knows what it means and understands how important it is for her and our program."
Dossey is the first All-Stater in Hushbeck's tenure at Comanche. Dossey will now add her name to the plaque in the Comanche gym foyer of All-State players in all sports from the school and is one of 12 basketball All-Stater, which includes Comanche assistant coach Misty Bain, who is a former 3-sport All-Stater. Meanwhile, Aaron Weast of Comanche was named one of the assistant coaches of the year.
"It's neat for our community which has watched Misty grow up and play," Hushbeck said. "It echoes what we've been able to accomplish, and it helps motivate the younger girls when they hear people talk about it."
To make one list was an honor. To make both All-State lists and see it come to fruition was special for Dossey, who had several people tell her she would definitely be named All-State.
"I was honestly really surprised," Dossey said. "I was very honored, and when I found out, I felt this sense of achievement. When I found out I made the second list, too, I felt it even more proud."