Stillwater News Press

February 27, 2014

Frontier’s Nelson came through in regional final against Oaks-Mission with 20 points

By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — On Saturday, the Frontier Lady Mustangs found themselves in an unsual position as they trailed in the second half against Oaks-Mission in the regional finals. Sophomore Michaelanne Nelson came through in the clutch and helped Frontier rally to a 68-54 victory. The Stillwater News Press named her Area Athlete of the Week.

Nelson made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points. Two of those 3s were in the fourth quarter and helped Frontier pull away. The sophomore guard said it felt good to come through for her team.

“I wanted to keep shooting,” Nelson said. “I wanted to get on the board and help my team out.”

In one season, Nelson has moved from the end of the bench to the starting lineup. The sophomore guard said it’s been an adjustment but one that coach Bob Weckstein has helped her through.

“I had to be there for (star post) Marissa Goodman and make shots,” Nelson said. “Coach Weckstein was there for me and helped me become better.”

Nelson’s ability to shoot the 3-pointer has helped make opponents shy away from covering up Goodman. In her first two years of high school athletics, Nelson has had quite an experience. She was a pitcher on Frontier’s softball team that reached state. Last season, the Lady Mustangs’ basketball team was a state quarterfinalist.

“I’m honored to get to play with the team I have,” Nelson said. “Coach Weckstein is an excellent coach. We wouldn’t be where we are with out him.”

The Lady Mustangs will try to punch their ticket to state on Friday against Pond Creek-Hunter in the area championship.

Honorable mentions

Jake Lazenby, Glencoe basketball

Lazenby couldn’t be stopped in the regional finals as he scored 28 points to lead the Panthers to a regional championship victory on Saturday.

Jared Weathers, Coyle basketball

Weathers scored 22 points to lead the Bluejackets to the regional consolation finals on Friday.

Gage Stallworth, Cushing wrestling

Stallworth improved his record to 19-0 by winning the 160-pound bracket at the Class 4A regionals.

Perry wrestling team

The Maroons won their regional and sent 12 wrestlers to the state tournament.