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Doyle Wolverton, Leake Academy

Doyle Wolverton became the No. 2 winner in girls basketball coaching history over the weekend as Leake Academy (Madden, Miss.) defeated Immanuel Christian (Steens, Miss.) 63-52 and Heritage (Columbus, Miss.) 59-23.

The wins enabled Wolverton to raise his career total to 1,218 victories, one more than Tennessee legend Jim Smiddy achieved from 1948-93. However, he still trails leader Leta Andrews of Granbury (Texas) by a wide margin. The 75-year-old marvel has 1,355 wins and still is going strong.

The 60-year-old Wolverton, in his 38th year of coaching, told MaxPreps, "It's a really great milestone for us. It means we've been doing it for a long time and been pretty successful. Not many people stay in the same place for a long time."

The Rebels, who have a 13-0 record this year, have won the last seven and 15 overall state titles in the Class AA Division of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools and five overall tourney titles when the A, AA and AAA champs hold a playoff at the end of the season.

* Natalie O'Keefe, a 6-foot-2 senior, had 24 points, 24 rebounds and seven blocked shots as Granite City (Ill.) defeated Alton (Ill.) 59-50.

* Kysre Gondrezick continues to prove that she is one of the nation's premier freshmen. The 5-9 standout had 30 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists to lead Benton Harbor (Mich.) to a 65-32 rout of Niles (Mich.). Her 5-8 sophomore sister, Kalabrya Gondrezick, produced 16 points and six rebounds despite foul trouble. They are coached by their mother, Lisa Harvey-Gondrezick, who has a rich basketball heritage of her own.

* Kelsey Key exploded for 42 points on Saturday as Frankton (Ind.) routed Eastbrook (Marion) 74-46. The 5-9 senior guard, who has signed with Northern Kentucky University, leads the state of Indiana in scoring with a 35.6 average.

* On the boys side, 6-1 junior guard Derek Brown of Auburn Riverside (Auburn, Wash.) poured in a school-record 49 points - including eight 3-pointers - during a close 85-77 loss to Kentridge (Kent, Wash.).