By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Photos by: Morgan Miller, Executive Director
The Charles Page High School girls' varsity basketball team is fortunate enough to only be losing one senior this year, but unfortunate in that she's been a crucial piece in their winning formula for the last four years.
Cierra "CJ" Scott made her freshman debut in 2012 and wasted no time in demonstrating her athleticism, scoring 5 points in the season-opener against Bishop Kelley, 7 points in game two against Broken Arrow, 9 in game four against Yukon, and a team-high 16 points in game five against Muskogee. She doubled in three more games that season and racked up an impressive 137-point season with two team-highs. That season the girls went 2-20 after winning only one game the year before.
As a sophomore, Scott was part of the turnaround team under first-year Head Coach Dustin Morrow. Though she only doubled in one game that season, she scored in almost every game of the season and broke 100 for the second year in a row, helping her team to a 10-14 finish.
Her junior year, Scott doubled six times and scored a season-high 15 in the third game of the season, a 52-51 overtime loss to Van Buren at the Tahlequah Tiger Invitational. The girls won their first tournament in years at the Coffeyville Interstate Classic and advanced to the Area Tournament in the post-season. Scott scored 150 points en route to a 12-12 team record.
This season she kicked things off hot with a career-high 18 points in the second game of the season against Bixby, shooting 70% on field goals. She doubled again in the next game, scoring 10 against Cascia Hall in the Bishop Kelley Invitational, which the Sandites won, and was named to the All Tournament Team. She scored a team-high 17 in a 67-46 rout of Bishop Kelley and averaged more than 6 points per game on her way to a career-best 162-point season. On homecoming, she scored 7 points in a 60-48 victory over Bixby and was crowned Homecoming Queen.
The girls finished the season with a 17-9 record, an Area finals appearance and two tournament championships. Though every players' dream of playing for a State Title wasn't in the stars for the ladies this year, Scott can end her high school career confident in the fact that she played an intricate part in turning a 1-22 team into a top fifteen major contender and has more than earned her place in the Sandite history books as a valuable asset in one the greatest years in school athletic history.