2012-13 Leo Canaday Memorial Scholarship:

Lady Mavs Scholarship Winner

Leo Canaday Memorial Scholarship goes to Deborah Means

Deborah Means was awarded the Northern Oklahoma College Leo Canaday Memorial Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year, prior to the NOC women’s basketball game against Eastern Oklahoma State College, Feb. 4. She is a freshman arts and science major from Tonkawa and is the daughter of David and Kim Means.  The Leo Canaday Memorial Scholarship was established by Leo’s wife Pat along with family and friends to help others achieve their goals. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving member of the NOC Women’s Varsity Basketball team in Tonkawa. Deborah will receive a $300 scholarship.  NOC President Dr. Cheryl Evans presented the scholarship certificate to Means. Joining them were NOC Foundation Executive Director Sheri Snyder, Women’s Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Greg Krause, and Pat Canaday.  In addition to the scholarship award, Deborah’s name will be inscribed on the memorial plaque which will be displayed in the lobby of the Vineyard Library-Administration Building.

NOC Girls Basketball Camp brings 163 young athletes to the campus:

Greg Krause, head coach for the Northern Lady Mavs, directed two week-long camps attended by 163 athletes from 25 area schools and from Higgins, Texas. Campers worked on mass drills, station drills and team fast break offense skills, including work on floor balance, filling lanes, court spacing, advancing the ball and proper shot selection. They participated in one-on-one, two-on-two and three-on-three drills; a free throw contest and league games.  An awards assembly followed a luncheon for campers and their families in Maverick Cafeteria concluding the camp. Krause presented team ribbons, individual competition first-place trophies and plaques. Each girl received a certificate of participation, an evaluation of her skills from her camp coach and a basketball.

Assisting Krause during the grades 8-12 camp were Maverick Assistant Coach Ryan Paul; former Maverick Nate Geiser; area coaches Nancy Waters, Chickasha; and Doug Sinor, Deer Creek-Lamont. Others assisting with the camp coaching duties were former Lady Mavs Amy Pryor, Norman, and Carletta Hernandez, Moore; current Lady Mavs Lauren Campo, Shidler; Korie Hargus, Amber-Pocasset; LaTisha Rogers, Oilton; and Erin Roush, Lahoma; and incoming Lady Mavs Torie Funkhouser, Pawnee; Lillian Prince, Putnam City; Kaylyn Pulley, Newkirk; Ashante Rollins, Oklahoma City; Tae Rollins, Oklahoma City; Taelor Turner, Tonkawa; and Chelsi Virden, Barnsdall. Also assisting were Emily DeBoard, Tonkawa instructor and new Tonkawa High School Assistant Girls’ Coach; and Ripley High School senior Kelsey Wilson.

Carmella Thompson, a 2011 Lady Mav graduate, is a starting point guard for Francis Marion University, an NCAA DI program in Florence, South Carolina. Carmella is a 2009 Putnam City HS graduate, and played two seasons (2009-11) at NOC:

Thompson’s 4-point play lifts Francis Marion to win.

FLORENCE, SC – Junior point guard Carmella Thompson converted a rare four-point play with 14.6 seconds remaining to rally Francis Marion University to a 59-57 victory over Voorhees College, Wednesday evening (Nov. 23) in women’s basketball action.

Francis Marion evened its season mark at 2-2 and improved to 33-6 all-time in home openers. The Patriots will open Peach Belt Conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 30, when they host 15th-ranked Lander University at 5:30 p.m.

Sophomore guard Emilee Dunton led FMU with 16 points and four assists, while Thompson registered 12 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. Senior forward Danielle Gibson came off the Patriot bench to tally eight points.

Guard Kierra Patterson paced Voorhees (4-6) with 13 points, while three Lady Tigers scored 10 points each: Amber Johnson, RaShonda Mayfield, and Daiveena Kemp. Johnson also hauled down a game-high 15 rebounds. The loss spoiled a homecoming for Voorhees’ head coach Edward J. Glover Jr., who was once a member of the Francis Marion men’s basketball program.

With FMU trailing 57-55, Thompson set up her own game-winning shot by grabbing an offensive rebound of a missed Patriot free throw with 42 seconds left. As the ensuing possession was about to end and the 30-second shot clock expire, Thompson drilled a 25-foot jumper and was fouled. She made the following free throw putting the Patriots ahead 59-57. Voorhees was unable to get off a potential game-tying shot before the final horn sounded.

Voorhees led 31-29 at halftime. The second half featured nine lead changes and four ties.

The Lady Tigers led 38-33 early in the second stanza, but FMU went on a 9-1 run to grab a 42-39 advantage. Neither team held more than a three-point lead for the remainder of the contest.

A layup by Courtney McDuffie gave Voorhees a 57-54 margin with 2:14 left. A free throw by FMU’s Simone Trice trimmed the margin to 57-55 with just over a minute remaining. Thompson’s heroics in the final 15 seconds then won the game for Francis Marion.