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'Darko defense dominates once more on biggest stage, propels Warriors to first state title since 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY — This was vintage ‘Darko defense at its finest.

Suffocating. Relentless. 110 percent effort on every possession.

Anadarko picked up in Saturday’s state championship game right where it left off in the semifinals, where the Warriors didn’t allow a single fourth quarter field goal.

‘Darko’s 54-49 state title victory over Muldrow was even more impressive as the Warriors snagged 15 steals and forced 34 turnovers, 10 of which came at the hands of star post player Taylen Collins, who has several Power 5 Conference offers.

The Lady Warriors — who held opponents to 32 points per game during the state title campaign — have long played with an edge defensively and they enjoy it, too — unlike most teams who sleep on that end of the court.

It all stems from their competitive nature getting after it with teammates.

“It’s always way more about defense than offense with us and we’re super competitive against each other. We almost want to make each other mad.” said Averi Zinn, who had five steals. “Since we always are going against each other when we come in here against a different team, we all come together.

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