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Indiahoma boys ready for another State title run

INDIAHOMA  Five miles south of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Indiahoma's basketball state championship banner hangs on the wall above the bleachers of a dimly lit gym.

In the lobby, a Gold Ball  the Warriors' state championship trophy  sits alone in a glass case, comforted only by the net that was cut down in ceremonious celebration 16 years ago.

A 60-inch team picture of the 2002 state champions is plastered on the wall in the center of the gym behind the scoreboard. There is room for a second to join the fraternity, though.

Could this finally be the year the elite 2002 boy's squad with a 28-4 record gets some company?

"We want to put our picture up there, too. It would mean a lot," Indiahoma senior Jacob Tahah said. "Every time we talk about State, we look at that."

Outside the gym, the Indiahoma water tower is decorated in black and white school colors with the words state champs reading vertically above a painted orange basketball and the year 2002.

It's been 16 years since Indiahoma basketball's lone state championship when the Warriors defeated Boynton, 74-71. This senior-laden group wants a second Gold Ball for Indiahoma.

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