Anadarko girls smother Muldrow, force 34 turnovers in 54-49 state title win
OKLAHOMA CITY — Averi Zinn emerged from the celebratory Lady Warrior dogpile ready for an even more meaningful embrace.
Seconds after the buzzer sounded on the Anadarko girls’ 54-49 victory over Muldrow to win the Class 4A state championship, Averi ran to her father, Jeff Zinn, who gave her a big bear hug as the junior point guard wrapped her arms around the Warriors coach on Saturday afternoon at the Big House.
“Ever since I was little, I planned out that moment and knew exactly what I was going to do when we won it all,” said Averi Zinn, who scored 10 points and snagged five steals to help lead Anadarko to its third state title in program history and first since 2012. It’s the 18th state title in school history. “It’s the greatest feeling ever. It’s a memory I’ll never forget.”
Anadarko (27-3) finished the state championship campaign on a 21-game winning streak and snagged 15 steals and turned an eye-popping 34 Muldrow turnovers into 27 points in the 54-49 victory over the 29-2 Bulldogs.
“At about the 80-foot mark, we had to start causing indecision,” coach Zinn said of the Warriors’ suffocating defense. “We also had to get Muldrow fatigued, and I saw some of their players hanging over in the third quarter. I thought we had delivered enough body blows like in boxing to where at some point they would break.”