By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Area high schools seek to improve their playoff positioning in tournaments across the state.
The Coyle Bluejackets (9-3) are competing in the Mulhall-Orlando Tournament. Coach Josh Sumrall said the field is strong but thinks his team will contend.
“We play Dover on Thursday,” Sumrall said. “Then we will probably get Wichita or Drumright Friday. We should face Mulhall-Orlando in the finals. They beat us in overtime before the break. So we kind of want pay back.”
According to OK Rankings, Coyle is ranked ninth, two spots below No. 7 Mulhall-Orlando. Sumrall said this tournament could be important to the Bluejackets’ playoff positioning.
“These are three big games,” Sumrall said. “We want to be the two in the area and have to be ranked in the top 8.”
The Lady Bluejackets (8-4) are looking to continue momentum as they enter the Mulhall-Orlando Tournament on a two-game winning streak. Coyle is seeded third and plays Dover. Coach Tom Webb said his team will focus on each game.
“We went into the break playing well,” Webb said. “We just need to get into the thing and win some games.”
The Lady Bluejackets are one of three teams with a winning record. Waukomis enters with an 8-3 record. Garber is 6-3.
The Pawnee Lady Black Bears (5-2) hope to contend for the title in the Mike Kerr Classic in Morrison. Pawnee earned the second seed and open with Southwest Covenant at 1:40 p.m. Coach Jeff Tatum said the competition should be good but was disappointed that Tonkawa brought its JV team.
“Kiefer has a really good 2A team,” Tatum said. “I was hoping Tonkawa was bringing their varsity because I wanted to get a look at them.”
Tonkawa (9-3) is ranked No. 8 in 2A. The top seed is defending Class A champion Frontier (9-4), who is ranked third in Class A. Pawnee beat Frontier 46-42 in overtime on Monday.
The Black Bears (7-0) look to defend the top seed in the boys bracket at the Mike Kerr Classic. Pawnee opens with Copan (0-8) at 8:20 p.m. Thursday and plays either Frontier (2-11) or Southwest Covenant (8-1). Coach David Page said the second round game could be challenging.
“Don’t know much about (Southwest Covenant),” Page said. “Their only loss was to Perry. They should be a pretty good team.”
The host Morrison Wildcats hope to have a solid outing on their home floor.
“I think we can play with the top tier teams,” coach Cory Bales said. “It’s going to be a fun tournament.”
The Wildcats are the sixth seed and open with Kiefer.
The Frontier Mustangs are looking to improve.
“All the teams are really good to us,” coach Bob Weckstein said. “We need to try to do everything right. We are really trying to keep our heads up.”
The Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons (11-0) look to defend their top seed in the CD Warehouse tournament. P-T opens with Little Axe. Coach Jerry Burnett is confident his team will do well.
“Hopefully we will play well enough to win,” Burnett said. “Then we get the winner of Bridge Creek and Newcastle. We need to handle the ball well and get some threes to go with our post play.”
The Demons (6-5) are looking to improve on offense, as they open the CD Warehouse Tournament today against Seminole.
“Defense we aren’t bad,” coach Norman Tippeconnie said. “Offensively we’ve struggled. We need to get easier baskets. We need to work to get some transition baskets.”
The Glencoe Panthers (12-0) are looking to continue their undefeated season in the Earlsboro Tournament. Coach John Lazenby is confident his team will be successful.
“ “If we take care of business Saturday, we will face a pretty solid opponent and that’s what we need right now with playoffs coming up,” Lazenby said.
The Lady Panthers (6-6) are the fourth seed. Coach Stephen Castlebury said his team needs to eliminate turnovers to be successful.
“That’s got the best of us in games we got beat,” Castlebury said. “We won by five on Tuesday and had 22 turnovers. Against Morrison we had 24 turnovers and lost by 14. We’re really young with nine freshmen.”
The Ripley Warriors and Lady Warriors look to build on their strong starts in the Walking F. Ranch Classic in Yale. The tournament was originally scheduled to be in Ripley but the gym is under construction. The Warriors (10-2) open with Oklahoma Bible Academy at 8:40 p.m. Thursday and play either Chandler or Quapaw in the next round. The Lady Warriors (11-1) open with Liberty at 4:40 p.m. Thursday and will face Chandler or Quapaw in the second round. Coach Doug Scott said good rebounding and defense will be key.
“We’re not huge, so rebounding will be key,” Scott said. “The girls bracket has four or five solid teams. There isn’t a bad team in the boys bracket.”
Yale girls basketball coach Kevin Shellhorse said the tournament will be a good challenge.
“Ripley, Preston and Newkirk are all ranked in the top 10,” Shellhorse said.
Yale boys basketball coach Rocky Kennedy said it will be nice to be on his own court.
“It will help us a little bit,” Kennedy said. “The kids need to play together and work hard on defense.”
The Perry Maroons (7-3) are looking to build on their momentum in the Wheat Capital Tournament in Enid. Perry enters the tournament winning seven of its last eight games.
“We’ve been really consistent on defense, holding opponents to 30 or 40 points,” coach Brandon Hight said. “Kale Hixon and Shaneen Turner have played really well for us on offense.”
The Agra Lady Bearcats (5-6) are looking for a strong tournament in Davenport. Agra opens with Wagoner. Coach Jon Peveler said his team matches up well.
“They’ve got three girls that our their main scorers,” Peveler said. “They have a good point guard and post. It’s going to come down to executing offense and containing their point guard.”