He wasn’t the leading scorer and his team didn’t even win.
None of that really mattered to Jacob Woody.
He was just happy to be playing basketball.
Woody played a game last Saturday for the first time since March when he scored six points in the Small West’s 85-75 loss to the Small East at the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association All-State Game at Hamilton Fieldhouse on the University of Central Oklahoma Campus.
“It felt great getting back on the court and competing with a lot of great athletes,” Woody said. “Playing in an all-state game was fantastic.”
Woody last played March 7 when he helped lead Cashion to the Class 2A boys state basketball tournament for the first time since 1997.
He never got to experience state, however, as COVID-19 forced its postponement the next week. It was later canceled for
It was later canceled for good.
Woody was surrounded last weekend by players in a similar situation as his.
“We were all very thankful UCO was able to host the event for us this year,” Woody said. “COVID-19 has certainly had an effect on all of us.”
The East jumped out to a 23-15 lead after a quarter, but the West stormed back in the second to go up 38-35 at the half.
The lead grew to six points after three quarters, but the East dominated the fourth, 32-16, to win.
The small-school game featured teams from Class 3A and below.
Roland’s Jaxon Wiggins led the Small East with 16 points.
The West was led by Millwood’s Myles Jeffries, who scored 14.
“I was happy to represent Cashion one last time on the court,” Woody said. “But I wish my last time to play on the hardwood was with my Cashion teammates.”