NOC names Basketball Players of the Week

Darian HillTorey NoelNorthern Oklahoma College Tonkawa basketball players for the week ending Feb. 28 are Lady Mav Darian Hill, nominated by Greg Krause, head women’s basketball coach, and Maverick Torey Noel, nominated by Donnie Jackson, head men’s basketball coach.

Hill, who has garnered her fifth player of the week nomination, averaged 16.5 points and 2 rebounds per game for the week.

“Darian had a great game with 25 points and 4 assists in a win versus Seminole,” Krause said. “She has been a steady influence for us and is playing very well heading into playoffs.”

Hill is a 5’7” sophomore guard from Newalla and a graduate of Harrah High School.

Although Noel had been sidelined with an injury and unable to practice much for a week preceding the Feb. 25 game against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, he was in top form for the Mavs’ final game of the season.

“Torey led us to an 83-81 come-from-behind victory over NEO on Sophomore Night,” Jackson said. “He had an incredible performance, scoring 23 points on 5 of 8 shooting, connecting on 2 of 3 three-point shots and going 11 for 12 from the free throw line.  He also contributed 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the evening.

“It was one of the more incredible and impressive performances I have witnessed. He is a tough kid, a leader and winner and I cannot say enough good things about Torey Noel.”

Noel is a 5’10” sophomore point guard from Midwest City and a graduate of Midwest City High School. The player of the week nomination is his second for the season.

The Lady Mavs ended the regular season with a conference record of 5-13 and an overall record of 11-20. Following their 76-75 victory Feb. 29 over Connors State College in Round 1 of the Region II Basketball Tournament, they will play Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College at 1 p.m. March 2 at St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee.

The Mavericks were 24-6 overall and 15-3 in conference play for the regular season. The team is seeded #2 going into the tournament and will face the winner of the Eastern-Redlands playoff at 6 p.m. March 3.