By Zach Maxwell firstname.lastname@example.org
March 4, 2014
Five basketball teams from Texoma have survived to the deep rounds of the state and area high school playoffs.
At the top of the list are the Caddo Lady Bruins, who qualified for the state tournament of Class A teams with seven others from around Oklahoma. Coach Vernon Johnson’s ladies are 23-1 this season.
They have drawn a meeting with Pond Creek-Hunter at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Arena in Oklahoma City. The Lady Panthers are 25-1, having suffered their first loss in the playoffs last week against Frontier by the score of 62-43.
The Lady Panthers are ranked third by OSSAA, Frontier is fourth and Caddo in at No. 5. The winner of Thursday’s game will turn around and play at 9 a.m. Friday against the winner between Cheyenne/Reydon and Sterling in the semifinals.
Coach LaChelle Brown’s LadyDawgs of Calera are in the Area playoff bracket against Rush Springs this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Byng. Rush Springs brings a 21-4 record against Calera’s 20-8 mark.
It’s an elmination game as both teams are on the consolation side of the bracket after singular regional losses. Both teams are 3-1 through two weeks of playoffs.
The winner will play the victor between Wright City and Healdton on Friday at 1:30 p.m., also in Byng.
As for the boys, Silo is in a 3 p.m. Thursday contest against Wilson (in Byng) afetr dropping the regional final in a 51-47 loss to Haworth. The Eagles bring an 18-7 record against Silo’s No. 13 ranking among 2A teams.
If Silo wins, they will play at 3 p.m. Friday in Byng agaisnt the winner between Cordell and Christian Heritage Academy. All four teams await the outcome of the area championship on Friday night between Haworth and Latta.
In Class 3A, Kingston is still alive after a wild weekend in the regional playoffs on their home court. They fell to Hugo 41-39 in overtime before posting victories over Davis (53-42) and Little Axe (57-30) to reach the area round.
Kingston will face ASTEC School at 3 p.m. Thursday in Ada. The unranked Comets are peaking at the right time with a 2-1 playoff mark, having lost only to top-ranked Okemah.
Okemah and Atoka play for the area championship at 8 p.m. Friday in Byng, with the winner automatically qualified for the Class 3A state tournament.
The Durant Lions have drawn a re-match with McAlester in the Class 5A area playoff round. The game will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the “neutral site” of Catoosa - well to the north of both competitors.
Coach Jason Wilkerson’s Lions own a pair of decisive victories over the Buffs. On Jan. 17, Skye Lowe scored 18 and Zac Cater pitched in 14 in a 57-40 win over McAlester in the Lions Den.
Lowe again led among four Lions in double figures in a Feb. 11 victory on the road by the score of 74-61. Lowe scored 17, Cater and James Donelan had 1 apiece and Will Engle scored 14.
The Lions are 1-1 in the playoffs after splitting regional games last week in Tulsa. A Friday victory for Durant would place the Lions in a 6:30 p.m. Saturday game in Sapulpa.
The opponent would be the loser of an area final game between Del City and Edmond Deer Creek. Both teams are ranked among the top 10 of Class 5A schools.