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February 21, 2013

Area teams seek to clinch spots in state tournaments

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Glencoe Panthers entered the playoffs hoping to preserve their undefeated record. A victory Friday in the area championship against Velma-Alma will put Glencoe three wins away from accomplishing that goal.

“We got some film on Velma-Alma. They like to put pressure on you and crash the boards really well,” coach John Lazenby said. “Those are going to be big keys. We’ve been working on those things all week. We’re excited we have a chance to punch a ticket to state.”

Glencoe plays at 8 p.m. Friday in Stroud. The Panthers’ road to the area round hasn’t been easy. Glencoe was only up by one at halftime in an 80-63 victory over Frontier. Saturday against Strother, the Panthers trailed by one at halftime and was tied entering the final quarter of an 85-66 victory. Lazenby said he hopes his team won’t be in that situation Friday.

“Hopefully, we can get off to a good start,” Lazenby said.

The Bluejackets are also looking to accomplish their season goal when they take on Burlington at 8 p.m. Friday in Cleveland. Coach Josh Sumrall said he’s pretty confident.

“I think we are in great position,” Sumrall said. “We’ve had a great week of practice and have one more on Thursday.”

Sumrall added he hopes his team will control the tempo.

“They like to run a slow-down offense and a zone defense,” Sumrall said. “Hopefully we can get some good pressure on them.”

The Frontier Lady Mustangs hope to be a win closer to defending their state title when they play Pond Creek Hunter at 6:30 p.m. in Stroud. The two teams met in the same game last season with Frontier coming out on top. Coach Clay Stephens said stopping the other team’s point guard will be key.

“She is what makes them go,” Stephens said. “If we want to win, we will have to contain her.”

The Lady Bluejackets hope to make it through the area round bracket when it starts play at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Cleveland. Coyle lost to Timberlake in the regional finals and must win to keep its season alive. The Lady Bluejackets open with Copan who survived the consolation bracket. If Coyle wins it gets the winner of Bluejacket and Burlington at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Cleveland.

The Mulhall-Orlando Panthers looks to keep their season alive against Asher at 3 p.m. Thursday in Cleveland. Coach Alex Beene said his team got great victories on Friday and Saturday, adding the opponent has great speed.

“We have to limit turnovers and not allow transition baskets,” Beene said.

If the Panthers win they face the winner of Cave Springs and Deer Creek-Lamont at 3 p.m. Friday in Cleveland.

The Agra Bearcats are looking to keep their season alive as they face Strother in the first round of the area tournament at 3 p.m. Friday in Stroud. Agra won the consolation bracket, avenging its district loss in the finals. If the Bearcats win they will face either Pond Creek Hunter or Drummond at 3 p.m. Friday in Stroud.

The Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons (24-0) get to defend their undefeated record on their home court at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against Chisholm in the Class 3A Regionals. Coach Jerry Burnett said his team just needs to take one game at a time.

The Demons (15-8) take on the defending Class 3A state champion Oklahoma Centennial at 8 p.m. Thursday. Coach Norman Tippeconnie said it will be a tough game but his team is looking forward to it.

“The good thing is it’s at home,” Tippeconnie said. “We have to play well in transition and rebound. I think we matchup well.”

The Pawnee Black Bears (21-2) have a tough draw as it takes on Hooker in the first round of Class 2A regionals at 8 p.m. Thursday at Chisholm.

“They play good man-to-man pressure defense,” coach David Page said. “They have a really good athlete that signed to play football at TU. We’ve worked on man-to-man offenses and hope to get some easy baskets.”

The Lady Black Bears (19-5) also have a tough first round against Mooreland. Coach Jeff Tatum said his team will have to stop the other team’s post player.

“We have to shut down their post play,” Tatum said. “We need to knock down some shots.”

The Ripley Lady Warriors hope to secure a spot in the area round with a victory against Sayre at 6:30 p.m.

“They are a really good team,” coach Doug Scott said. “Our defense and rebounding needs to be all there. We need to get fast break points.”

The Morrison Lady Wildcats look to keep their season alive on their home floor against Depew at 1:30 p.m.

Both Perry teams will have to win to keep their seasons alive. The Lady Maroons play Oklahoma Centennial at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Perkins. The Maroons face Chisholm at 3 p.m. Thursday in Perkins. The Cushing Tigers are also facing a must-win game at Sequoyah Claremore at 3 p.m. Thursday. The Lady Tigers face Miami in the 4A regionals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Sequoyah Claremore.

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