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February 25, 2014

Panthers one win away from return trip to state

STILLWATER, Okla. — Last season, the Glencoe Panthers needed two games in the area round to advance to state. This season the No. 2 Panthers hope it only takes one as they take on No. 7 Pond Creek-Hunter in the Class A area championship at 8 p.m. Friday in Glenpool.

“We realize Pond Creek-Hunter is a good opponent,” coach John Lazenby said. “It gives us the opportunity to return to state. We are more focused.”

Last season, Glencoe lost to Velma-Alma in the area championship and had to beat Pond Creek-Hunter in the consolation championship to advance. Lazenby said his team is more familiar with Pond Creek than it was with Velma-Alma.

“My boys are good friends with some of  their boys,” Lazenby said. “They play with them. We went over to their tournament. Velma-Alma was way out there, so we didn’t see them much.”

Lazenby said controlling the pace will be key.

“(Pond Creek-Hunter) is a ball control team,” Lazenby said. “We want to come out and get them to play faster.”

If Glencoe (25-0) wins, it advances to the state tournament. If it loses, they will play in the consolation championship at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The No. 4 Frontier Lady Mustangs (23-4) look to return to the state tournament when they play No. 3 Pond Creek-Hunter (24-0) at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Glenpool High School for the Class A area championship.

The Lady Panthers are the highest ranked opponent that Frontier has played. The Lady Mustangs are 2-4 when they’ve played a top 10 school — all those games were against 2A schools with five against Tonkawa. The Lady Mustangs had to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit to win the regional championship over Oaks-Mission. Coach Bob Weckstein said he likes how his team is playing and thinks they have a good chance.

“We are going to go out and give it everything we have,” Weckstein said. “We’ll see what happens.”

After losing in the regional finals, the Coyle Lady Bluejackets (19-6) will try to keep their season alive when they face Calumet (15-15) in the area consolation at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Glenpool High School.

The Lady Bluejackets fell to No. 3 Pond Creek-Hunter in the regional finals on Saturday. Calumet defeated Glencoe in the Class A regional consolation championship. Coach Tom Webb said his team needs to play like it has all season.

“We are going to get up the court and get after them,” Webb said.

After winning three straight games to claim the regional consolation championship the Coyle Bluejackets (15-12) look to keep their season going when they play Crossings Christian (13-11) in the Class A area consolation at 8 p.m. Thursday at Glenpool High School.

Coyle beat Kremlin-Hillsdale 55-45 in the regional consolation championship Saturday to advance. Crossings Christian fell to Glencoe in the regional finals. Coach Josh Sumrall said it will be a good matchup for his team.

“They shoot it well and are well coached,” Sumrall said. “They are playing pretty good. We are too.”

The Ripley Warriors (15-10) hope for a different outcome when they rematch with Class 2A No. 16 Yale (19-4) in the first round of regionals at 8 p.m. Thursday in Stroud. Yale beat Ripley 37-17 on Dec. 3. The Warriors are 14-8 since that game.

“They thrashed us that first game,” Ripley coach Doug Scott said. “We’ve gotten a lot better since then. I think we have good chance.”

The winner will play in the regional finals at 8 p.m. Saturday in Stroud. Yale coach Rocky Kennedy isn’t underestimating Ripley as a berth in the area round is on the line.

“They are well coached,” Kennedy said. “They are fundamentally sound. It’s going to be a tough basketball game.”

The Class 2A No. 14 Ripley Lady Warriors (19-6) will look to knock off No. 13 Stroud (16-4) on the road at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of regionals. Scott said his  team just needs to play well.

“We need to play the game like we can,” Scott said. “I think we have a good chance.”

The winner will play in the regional finals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Stroud against the winner of No. 1 Millwood and Depew.

The Class 2A No. 6 Pawnee Black Bears (18-4) hope to get a step closer to the state tournament when they face Tonkawa (15-8) at 8 p.m. Thursday in Caney Valley in the first round of regionals. The Black Bears beat Tonkawa 67-51 on Jan. 10 in the Mike Kerr Classic semifinals. The winner will advance to the regional finals and guarantee a spot in the area round. Coach David Page said he feels good about the matchup.

“They have a couple big guards and a good post,” Page said. “I like how we match up against them.”

The Lady Black Bears (11-11) will give their best shot against No. 7 Tonkawa (18-5) in the first round of regionals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Caney Valley. Pawnee won district with a 43-27 victory over Barnsdall. The winner would play the winner of No. 12 Kiefer and Quapaw in the regional finals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Class 3A No. 12 Perkins-Tryon Demons (15-3) look to advance to the regional finals and secure a spot in the area round, when they play No. 2 Oklahoma Centennial (21-2) at 8 p.m. Thursday at Perkins-Tryon gymnasium. The Demons have won seven straight games and are 2-1 against ranked opponents.

“We have our work cut out for us,” coach Norman Tippeconnie said. “It will be a good gauge of where we are at. You have to beat the good teams eventually.”

The Maroons (7-15) look to make the regional finals when they face Lincoln Christian (12-12) at 8 p.m. Thursday at Beggs High School. The winner will play in the regional finals at 8 p.m. Saturday at Henryetta High School against Kansas and Spiro.

The No. 16 Lady Demons (13-5) will try to keep their season alive when they face Harding Fine Arts in the first round of the regional consolation tournament at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Perkins-Tryon Gymnasium. It is the first time since 1997 that P-T hasn’t won a district championship. The Lady Demons lost to Chisholm in Saturday’s district championship. Harding Fine Arts lost all seven games reported by OSSAA Rankings. If P-T wins, it will play the loser of Alva and Oklahoma Christian Schools at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Perkins.

“We are hoping to get a win Thursday,” coach Jerry Burnett said. “Then we can turn around Friday and play in the 6:30 game with our fans there and make to Saturday.”

The Morrison Lady Wildcats (14-9) will try to keep their season alive against Summit Christian (13-12) at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the regional consolation at Millwood High School. The winner will play the loser of Ripley and Stroud at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Stroud.

The Perry Lady Maroons (8-15) will try to extend their season when they face Henryetta (6-18) in the regional consolation at 1:30 p.m. at Beggs High School. The winner will face the loser of Kansas and Spiro at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Henryetta.

The Cushing Tigers (8-12) hope they can extend their season on their home floor against Dewey (13-11) in the regional consolation finals at 3 p.m. Thursday. Cushing has lost six straight games. If it wins they will face the loser of Daniel Webster and Oologah-Talala at 3 p.m. Friday.

The Lady Tigers (6-15) will try to keep their season alive against McLain (0-17) at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the regional consolation at Cushing High School. Cushing lost its last seven games and will face the loser of Berryhill and Oologah-Talala at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Cushing.

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