Blake Colston & Daniel Smola contributed to this report
DEL CITY — A trio of Piedmont Lady Wildcats took part in the Big All-City game festivities Thursday night at Del City High School.
Playing together for one final time before each heads off to college, Lady Wildcat seniors Hayden Priddy, Mina Iyaye and Bre Reid helped the West squad to an easy, 89-38, win over the East.
Priddy enjoys night with city’s best
Hayden Priddy represented Piedmont basketball well in the Big-All City game on Thursday night.
The Lady ‘Cat guard came into the game with a few simple goals.
“To not airball was one of my main goals, and to not fall. And I didn’t do either of those so it was a pretty good night,” Priddy said.
Priddy was also happy with the role she played in the game.
“I mean, I probably could have shot a little more, but I’m a point guard and my job is to pass,” she said.
She went on to say that her participation in the the game was a memorable experience.
“It’s crazy. Growing up in a small town, you never thought you would be with some of the best players in the state of Oklahoma, especially with 5A and 6A,” Priddy said. “It’s crazy.”
Her favorite part of the game came when she was on the bench.
“There was one play where it was just bumbled all around and we ended up making it at the very beginning of the game, that was probably my favorite,” she said. “I was sitting on the bench but that was probably my favorite play.”
To play in this game with her teammates, Mina Iyaye and Bre Reid, was also a great experience.
“With Bre and Mina getting to play … it’s a cool feeling to know that three out of the four seniors are here tonight,” Priddy said.
Iyaye happy to play in All-City game
Mina Iyaye soaked in the experience Thursday night.
The 5-foot-10 post player started the game and grabbed four rebounds to go along with two points, but the numbers didn’t matter much to her.
“I think the experience playing against the best players in the city was really cool,” she said. “For me to be on that team was a great honor and I’m really appreciative of it.”
Iyaye and Priddy had the chance to work their inside-outside game one more time, too. Which, Iyaye said is still there.
“You know exactly what she’s going to do and she knows what I’m going to do,” Iyaye said. “It was great to see that our chemistry was still there.”
Iyaye shook off some early rust to put home a soft left-handed putback off the glass to crack the scoring column in the second half, and had a few other chances to score.
“I missed some layups, so that part wasn’t fun,” she said. “But when you look back on it, it’s just fun to get to play with people who you haven’t played with before.”
Iyaye, a class valedictorian at Piedmont, considered playing college basketball throughout her senior season, but for now has decided to focus on her academics at UCO.
“I’m going to see how college goes and from there I’ll see if I can handle it or not,” she said. “I’m really focused on my school.”
Reid enjoys experience, knee continues to heal
Nursing a surgically repaired knee, Bre Reid wanted badly to play in Thursday’s game.
In the end, though, discretion won out.
The Southern Utah University signee dressed, warmed up and took part in the 3-point contest at halftime of the girls game, but didn’t play. Which, for a fierce competitor like herself, left Reid with mixed emotions. Especially with two of her teammates on the floor along so many other metro area girls she grew up playing with.
“It was great to be here to cheer on Mina and Hayden,” she said. “I wish I could’ve played with them. It brought back memories. It was kind of sad, but I still got to be here and not a lot of people get to do that.”
Reid, who admitted her outside shot isn’t the strength of her game yet, hit eight 3-pointers during her turn in the halftime shootout.
She didn’t win — Tia Williams of Norman North won the shootout with a contest-record 21 made 3-pointers in one minute — but still enjoyed the opportunity.
“It was kind of nerve-wracking,” she said. “Coach (Jamie) Hill told me just to have fun with it. It was fun. I’m glad I did it.”
Reid leaves for Southern Utah June 22 to begin the next chapter of her basketball career, and should 100 percent healthy by that time.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “I started jogging this week and I should be into sprinting and everything in two weeks. So I’ll be ready when I head out there.”