The Marlow Outlaws basketball team, who was a young team trying to make a mark for themselves, was chosen as Team of the Week after winning the Class 3A State Academic Championship.
Finishing the season with a record of 14-12 and in the regional consolation tournament, the Outlaws started the year with a 4-0 record before heading into tournament season.
In the three tournaments they competed in they won one game a piece until the Stephens County Tournament where they got to the championship match against Velma-Alma.
Finishing second at the County Tournament, the Outlaws split the last 10 games going 5-5 including winning 66-51 in an elimination game against Marietta at 3A Regionals.
Outlaws head coach Kirk Harris said he was surprised to hear about the State Academic award and was happy to accept it for his team.
“We were really smart and I was surprised that we were fortunate to get it. We were kind of looking forward to receiving the award,” Harris said. “Our year we had some good wins but I didn’t feel like we had enough consistency throughout the year that we needed to.”
Harris said there will be a lot of experience returning next year from the team that went to regionals and he knows the team has a lot to look forward to when they get ready to start prep.
“We didn’t have a good record year between now and last year and this year coming in we were still having to replace a lot of bodies,” Harris said. “I thought we rebounded quite well and we had a lot of tight games that I felt like it could have gone either way. We had several sophomores that played an extended amount of time. We even had one freshman to come in and start around the County Tournament time. Looking at it for next year, I hope that everyone will get to play and everyone will get through all of this.”
The Outlaws will be getting the award through the mail from the OSSAA and will have the award displayed in the gym with the other basketball trophies.