By CRAIG HALL
CAMERON—Two years ago, Arkoma’s girls didn’t field a team.
Last year, the Lady Mustangs couldn’t complete the season.
Now, Arkoma is a district champion after Saturday’s 64-51 win over Clayton in a Class A district tournament finals.
The Lady Mustangs got a key player in a foreign transfer student and the infusion of several members of last year’s junior high county champions to build a team which could be poised to make a run in the Class A playoffs.
Benny Torpe, the foreign transfer student from Denmark, was the leader for this year’s team and stepped up again in the finals, scoring 22 points and dominating play.
Arkoma built up a 27-point lead in the third quarter behind the play of Torpe and the excellent play of her teammates, which frequently featured three freshmen.
A freshman, Tiera Brumfield, came off the bench to add 15 points for Arkoma while the Lady Mustangs’ pesty tandem of freshman guards Abby Gragg and Shaylee Whisenhunt caused problems all night for Clayton’s guards.
Megan Hammon led Clayton with 17 points while Skie Schumann added 12 for the Lady Bulldogs.
Next up for Arkoma is a game Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the regional tournament at Wilburton against No. 13 Wright City, a winner over Smithville in its district tournament also on Saturday.