Team Preview: Broken Arrow
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Last season’s Broken Arrow squad made it to the State Tournament before bowing out to Putnam City West, following a season that saw them drastically improve from the season prior. In fact, that’s been the theme every season under Head…
Last season’s Broken Arrow squad made it to the State Tournament before bowing out to Putnam City West, following a season that saw them drastically improve from the season prior. In fact, that’s been the theme every season under Head Coach Shane Coffey since his arrival a few years back. From 13-10 the year prior, to 18-9 last season, the theme with Coach Coffey’s team is constant improvement. Look for this season to be an even bigger jump forward as this young Tiger team has a lot of it’s stars become upper classmen and really hit their stride as leaders… and winners.
Head Coach: Shane Coffey
2022-23 Record: 18-9 (Lost at State, 45-36 to PC West)
Well, it’s hard not to start with one of the best players in the state when you’re talking about who could potentially be starting for this Broken Arrow squad. Mathurin is an upperclassman this season and leadership is nothing new to this No. 3-ranked junior in the state. She has been leading her grassroots squad to championships for years. Seemingly built for the college game since arriving as a freshman, McKenzie knows how to use her size to create space and can score from just about anywhere. The word is that her three-point shooting is even better this season and that is a very scary proposition for opponents. Mathurin will have two more seasons with Coach Coffey’s Tigers before she heads to Lincoln to play for the ‘Huskers.
Macy is another player who has played a lot of basketball for school and club teams and now, as a junior, is looking to take over and run things. She is a very calm, controlled, point guard and looks like she will most likely be the floor general that Coach Coffey needs on this squad. That’s not to say she is strictly a passer, either. She showed during Thursday’s scrimmage at Sapulpa that she can most definitely shoot it and is unafraid to drive in to traffic and finish. Add in the fact that she is a tenacious on-ball defender and you’ve got one heck of a starting PG and one heck of a prospect!
Brooklynn is a sophomore for this Tigers team, but if she’s not starting, she will most definitely be getting some big time minutes. A player with this length and skillset just doesn’t come along that often. There’s a reason that this 10th grader already has a few offers and has taken Division-I visits. She is a positionless player who can do the work down low, but also has the handles to bring the ball up court. She has a beautiful jump shot and can be counted on from behind the arc. Her length helps her to finish consistently inside, as well. Scarborough really is the total package and I think she’ll have it all on display this season for BA.
ReKiah is another junior who is looking like she will have a big-time, breakout season this year. She has been a standout when I’ve seen her play before, but there’s just a different level of explosiveness there now. I feel like, once the season starts up, this team is going to be on a whole other level and Bowen is going to be a big part of that. Her moves are just fluid, she is naturally athletic, and she makes smart basketball plays without thinking about it. She can shoot the three and is another player for BA that is very long and tall. They have players at positions one through five with length and size and ReKiah is one of them that can probably play most of those.
I almost feel like a broken record, but Taryn is yet another player for the Tigers that is tall, long, fast, and can be called upon to score it from just about anywhere. Her versatility works great with this team that Coach Coffey has, but then again, Jacobs’ game would work just about anywhere. She is a scrapper. She battles hard for every rebound, every loose ball. She does the dirty work and is the one you can call upon to get you a stop when you need one. Taryn is a dedicated player that is a no doubt college athlete because her work ethic is going to take her very far in not just basketball, but life in general.
Another player for this BA squad that will most definitely be playing in college somewhere is. You can’t shoot the ball like she does and show the dedication that she does to the defensive side of the game and not play somewhere after high school. It’s just not possible. Dolan has been playing very high level grassroots ball for some time now and it is obvious in her confidence and ability on the court. You’re not going to throw anything at her that she isn’t prepared for. She’s probably going to take it, get through it, and drain another three in your face.
They say the one thing you can’t teach is size and Lydia has that in spades. She is a strong, 6’2″ and can get up and down the floor very well. She’s a senior, so I’m guessing she’s probably been at BA a while, especially since she has video on Hudl from 2021. But, until the scrimmage yesterday, she hadn’t really stood out. Just being honest. Yesterday, she did. Her work rate was up. She was screening and rolling and making herself available. She was rebounding very well. More than once I’ve seen a player of six feet plus have a great senior year and go from no offers to playing in college. Don’t be surprised if that’s exactly the case here, if that’s what she’s interested in.
Jaeli is a very strong, very tough guard who can pretty much do it all. She is quick and shows good handles. She also has a nice stroke and can hit the three and hits her free throws consistently. She is dedicated on the defensive end and works hard. You can tell that her time on the court with several good grassroots teams and especially with BA have really sharpened her basketball mind. She is a smart player who does all of the little things that a coach could ask for. She should be an important contributor for this BA squad.