Stillwater News Press


March 5, 2014

Area schools hope to advance to state tournament


Several area teams hope they don’t play their final games this weekend as they look to win three games to advance to the state tournament.
The Pawnee Black Bears (19-5), who are ranked No. 6 in Class 2A, look to regroup against Rejoice Christian (17-9) in the area consolation at 8 p.m. Thursday in Sand Springs. The Black Bears lost 63-56 in the regional finals Saturday at Kiefer. Rejoice beat Ripley 45-26 in the consolation finals to advance. Pawnee will play the winner of Yale and Tonkawa at 3 p.m. Friday.
The Perkins-Tryon Demons (17-4), who are ranked No. 12 in Class 3A, hope to keep their season alive with a victory against Marlow (15-9) in the area consolation at 8 p.m. in Del City. The Demons advanced with a 58-45 victory over Luther in the consolation championship. Coach Norman Tippeconnie said his team needs to play smart basketball.
“We have to guard a couple of their good players well,” Tippeconnie said. “We have to be very dispiclined on both ends of the court.”
The Ripley Lady Warriors, who are ranked No. 14 in Class 2A hopes to get the best of the No. 12 Kiefer Lady Trojans (18-8) in the area consolation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Sand Springs. Ripley lost 29-22 to Kiefer in the finals of the Dave Calvert Invitational at the end of January. Coach Doug Scott said his team has to have better offensive execution and win the battle on the boards.
“We had too many turnovers last time,” Scott said. “Our rebounding wasn’t there last time and we need to do better in this game.”
The Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons (16-5), who are ranked No. 16 in Class 3A will look for another three-game winning streak to make a return trip to state against No. 14 Tishomingo in the area consolation at 6:30 p.m. in Del City.

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