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Super 5 girls basketball: Seiling's Karly Gore survived a few calamities to lead way to historic career

Seiling's Karly Gore is a member of The Oklahoman's Super 5 team. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
Seiling's Karly Gore is a member of The Oklahoman's Super 5 team. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

SEILING — With glue unable to slow the bleeding from her ring finger, Karly Gore pleaded with her mom not to tell dad.

Bryan Gore would be angry. But he had to know. He had to take Karly to the emergency room.

An art class accident led to a bad cut on Seiling’s star forward in 2017. Seiling had a game against rival Fairview that night. She needed stitches.

Bryan Gore remained in the waiting room and he didn’t talk to Karly at lunch afterward.

For a star athlete who believes heavily in superstitions, this was one of the moments that could have derailed her spectacular career and a historical run by Seiling. But sometimes luck and sheer determination pay off.

Bleeding through bandages, Karly played and played well that night.

“It seems that I always have bad luck about things,” she said. “It’s crazy I never missed a game. I was fortunate.”

As her career drew to a close with a girls state-record fourth straight gold ball trophy, Gore can now look back on the wildness of four years filled with a few calamities.

She grew into a star alongside her twin sister Macy. They’ll both play at Oral Roberts together. Karly became a force inside and outside the paint.

And this season she was nearly unstoppable with 17.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.5 steals per game. Gore is a member of The Oklahoman’s Super 5 team.

“I don’t like to brag, but it is crazy what we’ve done,” Gore said. “I remember thinking my first year that’s nice being able to do that, but then doing it again and again and again it was weird. Everybody told us we’re going to win four in a row and I was like, ‘No, that’s too hard.’”

Hearing people talk that way also went against everything Gore believed.

This is the girl who puts a penny in her sock each state tournament game. She wore the same gray Under Armour gear all year. Even fixed her hair the same way.

She blasts Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” in the locker room right before warmups.

The entire Seiling team even touches a screw and hold their feet up on the bus when it crosses a rail road track. Of course, each player is in the same seat each trip.

Imagine the nervousness Gore felt each time someone in the community assured her a record fourth straight title was a given.

“Every time we’re trying to find something to knock on,” she said.

That’s why surviving the 2017-18 season was important. It got off to a rocky start, before she even cut her finger.

In a preseason post-practice workout with her sister, Gore was horsing around with their younger sister when Macy’s hand caught Karly in the mouth, knocking out her two front teeth.

Her dad was forced into action.

He sped to Weatherford with his hazard lights flashing, only to get pulled over by a cop. Karly opened her mouth and the cop told Bryan to turn his flashers off and be safe.

She returned in time for the season opener. Seiling’s run remained intact.

“That type of stuff doesn’t faze her,” Seiling coach Brady Hamar said. “She’s going to win no matter what and she’s going to play no matter what.”

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 ›