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Super 5 girls basketball: Seiling's Macy Gore relished underdog role at small school

Seiling's Macy Gore is a member of The Oklahoman's Super 5 team for a second straight season. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
Seiling's Macy Gore is a member of The Oklahoman's Super 5 team for a second straight season. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

SEILING — Macy Gore always felt like the underdog.

That’s hard to believe considering how her career ended at Seiling High School with yet another gold ball trophy. But she always felt overlooked.

“When I came down here and had the chance to play with the girls in bigger schools, some of them didn’t think really high of Class A,” Gore said. “It gave me extra motivation.”

Fueling Gore and her twin sister, Karly, was costly for the rest of the state. The dynamic duo led the Wildcats to a level no girls basketball team had reached in state history.

A state-record four straight state championships. One hundred and twelve victories to only five losses.

“Every time I went out and played, I thought of that,” Gore said. “We’re going to go show them what we are. It made me even want to play those teams.

“People told us we couldn’t do it. I think our whole team was trying to prove everybody wrong and get the job done.”

As a result, Macy is a member of The Oklahoman’s Super 5 team for a second straight season. She averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists at point guard in her final season before playing at Oral Roberts with her sister. She was the unquestioned floor general for Seiling, which went 28-1 overall.

It was her most complete season. As a freshman, she was a creator for her teammates. As a sophomore, she scored more. As a junior, she increased her output more.

This season, she simply led.

“Just how she took control of the game and how she matured more every year about what would be the smart way of doing things, like the long passes she would throw,” Karly said. “I think just seeing her mature in all of those ways was really amazing.”

Macy and the Wildcats stood up to large-school foes as well.

The Wildcats played in the Tournament of Champions as juniors, losing only to eventual Class 6A champion Owasso. This season, they played in Mustang’s Holiday Classic, beating Midwest City before losing to Mustang, a Class 6A semifinalist.

Gore proved her point.

“We didn’t ever have to have that feeling of losing,” she said. “For sure, none of us wanted to feel that.”

Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›