TULSA â€” Megan Brownâ€™s time of playing basketball goes way back.
Sheâ€™s been involved, â€śever since I could dribble the ball,â€ť she said. â€śAbout when I was 3 or 4.â€ť
But Wednesday night marked the last time the Howe High School graduate played an official game on the hardwood, as she played for the East in the All-State Small School Girls Basketball Game at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center. She got to start and scored just six points. But they were big, consisting of a pair of 3-point baskets. She also made her share of contributions in blocking.
The East led just 35-33 at halftime but broke the game open in the second half.
Brownâ€™s first 3-pointer came from the left wing with 5:52 remaining in the third quarter. It upped the East advantage to 43-35.
Her second came with 5:40 left in the game, making the score 68-53 as the East rolled to a 83-64 victory.
â€śIn an All-State Game, everybody is good,â€ť Brown said. â€śThere are not players out there just to fill the holes. I felt really good about contributing to the team.
â€śIâ€™ve never experienced anything like it (All-State),â€ť she said. â€śThese girls got it really fast.â€ť
Some players are bound for college on a scholarship after high school. Some seek a place to walk-on, and then there are those who decide to and move on from their sport. For Brown, she is going with the latter.
â€śI think there is always going to be a little bit of regret because itâ€™s (basketball) been a part of my life for so long,â€ť said Brown, who played in the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State Game last month at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. â€śBut for the most part, Iâ€™m just glad to be going to college and getting my mind on my education.â€ť
The Lady Lion graduate plans on going to Carl Albert State College for one year, then transfer to the University of Oklahoma, seeking a career in physical therapy.
One thing she will always remember from her All-State experience is making friends with former foes.
â€śThere are only two girls that I played with (for the East) that I played against,â€ť Brown said.
Those girls were Pete Douglass of Oktaha and Charitee Evans of Red Oak.
â€śDuring a high school game, you kind of hate them because you are trying to beat them,â€ś Brown said. â€śBut as I met them, I really liked them. I think I made friends to last a lifetime.
â€śPlaying against them, they were hard to guard, but I like playing with them because they are nice passers.â€ť
Brown, who was coached by her father, Chris, in high school, also got to have him by her side in pre-game introductions.
â€śIt was kind of bittersweet because this is my last game, and he was my coach my whole life, so Iâ€™m glad he got to be part of this.â€ť
In the game, Kelsey Barnwell of Kansas led the East with 16 points. She was followed by the 14-point effort of Brooke Watkins of Prague. Salinaâ€™s Courtney Backward had 11 and Courtney Cowan, another Kansas player, logged 10.
Lacey Paulk of Washington led the West with 14 points and Jordan Van Pelt of Snyder scored 13.