By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Coyle and Morrison look to gain more experience as they compete with Frontier in the Frontier Shootout starting on Monday at Frontier High school.
The Lady Wildcats (0-1) earned the fifth seed and will face fourth-seed Frontier (3-1) at 4:15 p.m. Monday. Morrison coach Rowdy Cawlfield said he is looking forward to the tournament and the challenge of going against the defending state quarterfinalist.
“We lost a heartbreaker Tuesday,” Cawlfield said. “We are ready to go out and get after it. We drew Frontier and will have our hands full.”
The Frontier-Morrison winner will play either Tonkawa or Crescent at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, while the losers will play at 4:15 p.m. Friday. The Lady Mustangs, who are ranked No. 4 in Class A, are one of three ranked teams in the girls bracket. Top seed Tonkawa is ranked No. 15 in Class 2A and Newkirk, which is No. 20 in Class 3A. Frontier coach Bob Weckstein said it’s a good tournament field.
“We were seeded fourth,” Weckstein said. “Tonkawa is good, Girls-wise it’s a tough bracket. We have one girl with experience and you can’t coach experience.”
Senior post Marissa Goodman is the only returning starter for Frontier and one of the only players that played significant minutes last season.
The Lady Bluejackets (1-0) are the third seed and face Garber in the first round at 6:45 p.m. Monday. Coyle played Garber last season. Coach Tom Webb said Garber didn’t return most of their team.
“They lost four starters but are still pretty good,” Webb said. “It’s going to be a good tournament for us.”
Coyle will face Newkirk or Frontier JV at 6:45 Thursday, if it wins or at 6:45 p.m. Friday if it loses.
The Bluejackets (0-1) hope to get in better basketball shape as they open at 8:15 p.m. Monday against Newkirk JV.
“It gives us a chance to get more experience,” coach Josh Sumrall said. “We are trying to get better each game.”
Coyle will face either Morrison or Crescent at 8:15 p.m. Thursday if it wins or 8:15 p.m. Friday if they lose.
The Wildcats (1-0) will play their last three games before Christmas break and are also looking to get into basketball shape. Morrison opens with Crescent at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.
“It’s a good tournament,” coach Cory Bales said. “The first round will be difficult. We haven’t won in the first round the last couple of seasons.”
The Mustangs (1-3) are looking to just improve as they open with Newkirk, which they beat 55-53 Friday at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Frontier will play either Tonkawa or Garber at 5:30 p.m. Thursday if it wins or 5:30 p.m. Friday if it loses.
“The boys tournament should be very competitive,” Weckstein said. “Of course all of the teams are really good compared to us.”