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Okeechobee girls earn No. 1 seed in district playoffs

The Okeechobee High School girls basketball team has plenty of reasons to clap after finishing the regular season with a 10-3 record. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

The Okeechobee High School girls basketball team, which includes Seminoles Adryauna Baker, Caylie Huff and Haylie Huff, capped off a strong regular season by clinching the top seed in the Class 5A-District 13 playoffs.
The Brahmans, with a 10-3 overall record, earned a first-round bye. They are scheduled to play in a semifinal against Boynton Beach (4-7) Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. The championship is slated for Feb. 5. All games are at Jensen Beach High School, which is the No. 2 seed.

Okeechobee won its first nine games of the season before dropping three of its final four.

Baker, a junior starting guard, is among the team’s top leaders in several categories. She is second on the squad in scoring with an average of 10 points per game, one point behind leader Jasmine Shanks. Baker scored in double digits each game during a six-game stretch in December, including a season-high 24 against Central.

She’s averaging 5.2 rebounds per game and leads the team in assists, blocks, steals and field goal percentage.

The Huff sisters, both seniors, have contributed coming off the bench. Caylie Huff scored five points and grabbed a rebound in a loss to Centenial on Jan. 22.

Haylie Huff had a total of nine rebounds, one steal and one block in the team’s final two games. Her 34 rebounds is fourth highest on the team.

Jasmine Shanks, a junior guard, is Okeechobee’s leading scorer (12 ppg) and rebounder (5.8 per game).

OHS boys on a hot streak as postseason nears

The Okeechobee High School boys basketball team knows how to start the year on the right note.

The Brahmans, who include the tribe’s Leon Edouard and Lee Edouard, went a perfect 5-0 in January with wins against Port St. Lucie, Sebastian River, Westwood, Moore Haven and John Carroll Catholic.

Okeechobee, a two-time defending district champion, entered February with an 8-2 record as the district playoffs neared.

Lee Edouard, a sophomore guard, was fifth on the team in scoring with an average of 7.3 points per game (with nine games of statistics available). He poured in a season-high 22 points, which included four 3-pointers, in a win against Sebastian River on Jan. 8. His big night also included six rebounds, two steals and two assists.

Meanwhile, 11 points from Leon Edouard, a junior guard, helped propel Okeechobee past Moore Haven, 98-59, on Jan. 14. He also had three steals, two assists and two rebounds. He is averaging six points per game.

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