Stillwater News Press

February 14, 2013

Perkins-Tryon, Perry girls square off in playoffs

By Andrew Glover

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons hope they leave Perry with their undefeated record intact as they start play in the district tournament at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

“We are focused on Perry,” coach Jerry Burnett said. “We know they will be ready to play and hopefully we will be ready to go after them.”

The Lady Demons and Lady Maroons met at the beginning of the season in Perry, with Perkins-Tryon taking a 49-31 victory. Burnett said his team just needs to take it one game at a time.

“We have to be focused and ready to play each night,” Burnett said. “We have to listen to the scouting report and be ready for what’s thrown at us.”

The nice advantage for the Lady Demons is they get to return to their home floor for regionals.

“We’re familiar with the gym,” Burnett said. “We don’t have to get on the yellow bus and go somewhere.”

The Maroons beat the Demons 41-38 on Dec. 4. Perry has gone 7-7 in the second half of the season while PT went 9-4.

The Pawnee Lady Black Bears (18-5) have spent the week getting their legs under them in preparation for Saturday’s district championship between either Drumright or Rejoice Christian.

“We’ve played 10 games in 15 days,” coach Jeff Tatum said. “We’ve been able to tighten up some areas in practice. We are looking good.”

If Pawnee wins Saturday it will face either Mooreland or Hooker in the first round of regionals.

The Black Bears (20-2) have spent their week getting prepared for Saturday’s district championship against Rejoice Christian or Drumright. Pawnee will make its playoff run without one of its leading scorers, Nathan Brock, who was injured during a Feb. 4 game against Glencoe. The Black Bears will face either Hooker or Mooreland in regionals.

“Both teams have won over 17 games,” coach David Page said. “If we get by them we get Alva who is ranked ninth and could easily be ranked in the top five.”

Page said his team will have to limit mistakes to advance.

The Ripley Lady Warriors (24-1) earned a bye and will play the winner of Luther and Watonga for the district championship Saturday. Coach Doug Scott said his team is excited.

“We are really playing well and expect to win,” Scott said. “The trip to the state tournament has a lot of pot holes. As long as we can handle adversity and defend well, we should be fine.”

The Cushing Lady Tigers hope to take care of business in the postseason and advance to state as they play for the Class 4A District 1 championship at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Cleveland.

“We’ve come within a game of state the last two seasons and we hope to get it done this year,” coach Brad Crace said.

Crace said his team definitely has a tough road.

“We have six ranked teams in our area,” Crace said. “Vinita is going to be a tough team. On the other side of the bracket you have Casica Hall. This is by far the toughest area.”

The Tigers (15-5) hope to keep their momentum going as they visit Cleveland at 8 p.m. Saturday. Coach Bobby Tanner said his team is in for a fight.

“We beat them twice but both games were decided in the last 20 seconds,” Tanner said. “We played them here and hit a 3 with three seconds left to win by two. When we played them there, we hit a 3 with 20 seconds left. It’s going to be a tough game.”

Several teams will be fighting to keep their seasons alive. The Yale Bulldogs (19-4) and ranked 15th in Class 2A face Colcord in Choteau-Maize at 8 p.m. Friday. Coach Rocky Kennedy said his team needs to be ready to play.

“Defending and rebounding will be key,” Kennedy said. “If we can do those things we usually play pretty well.”

The Lady Bulldogs (8-15) face Choteau-Maize at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Coach Kevin Shellhorse said everyone needs to step up.

“We need to come together and have more team production instead of one or two individuals,” Shellhorse said.

The Warriors (16-9) face Watonga at 8 p.m. Friday in Luther. Scott said his team should be ready.

“We had a great week of practice,” Scott said.

The Morrison Wildcats hope they can avenge Monday’s loss against Pioneer-Pleasant Vale at 8 p.m. Friday in Waukomis.

“We have to shut down their 6-foot-7-inch kid,” coach Cory Bales said. “We have to do better on their guards. We have to shoot the ball well.”