OKLAHOMA CITY —
There’s going to be a new state champion in Class B this year.
The Coyle High School Bluejackets defeated two-time defending state champion Forgan 65-57 Thursday at the Jim Norick State Fair Arena.
“This was a really big win for us,” Coyle coach Josh Sumrall said. “They were a solid team who were only beat twice. ... It was a tough draw but our kids responded well in that atmosphere and our big players really stepped up.”
Eric Harris led the Bluejackets (24-4) with 21 points. Tony Aska chipped in 20 — including knocking down several clutch free throws to ice the game in the fourth quarter.
“He went 6-for-6 from the line, which is what you want from one of your best players,” Aska said. “We didn’t expect anything less of them.”
The Bluejackets found themselves down early as Forgan took a 13-12 lead after the first quarter. That’s when Harris and Aska took over.
Coyle outscored the Bulldogs 16-9 in the second quarter to take a 28-22 lead at halftime — a lead the Bluejackets never surrendered.
“We didn’t block out the first quarter and they had a lot of second-chance opportunities,” Sumrall said. “The second quarter, we got to our assignments and settled down a little. It was our first game in that type of atmosphere so that probably had something to do with it.”
With the win the Bluejackets will face No. 3 Red Oak (27-3) in the Class B seminfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the State Fair Arena.
“We’re really excited, but we have one more game before Saturday,” Sumrall said. “We’ve got Red Oak so our focus is on them. As coaches, we’re going meet (Friday) morning and come up with a game plan for them.”
Along with Aska and Harris, Jakobi Brown scored 10 points, while Ryan Weathers added seven. Fidel Simpson tallied five points and Dalton Anderson added the final two points for the Bluejackets.
Turner 59, Frontier 43
OKLAHOMA CITY — Frontier coach Clay Stephens said the final three games are the toughest to get. Thursday at Oklahoma City University, he was right and unfortunately, the Lady Mustangs fell short of defending their Class A state championship in a 59-43 loss to the Turner Lady Falcons in the state quarterfinals.
“We shot 4 for 36 in 3-pointers,” Stephens said. “Credit to Turner, they are a good team and completely outplayed us tonight.”
The Lady Mustangs, who entered the tournament ranked second finished the with a 23-7 record. Stephens said it was a good year despite coming up short.
“I’m glad we made the state tournament,” Stephens said. “That wasn’t our ultimate goal. I’m proud of the girls, they kept playing hard even when we got down.”
Frontier graduates three seniors — starting point guard Jalissa Gum, starting shooting guard Beth Childs and starting forward Christina Ingmire. The Lady Mustangs will return starting post Marissa Goodman and forward Sydney Pappan.
“We will be a different team next year,” Stephens said. “We will start over and try to make it back next year.
Perkins-Tryon 69, Henryetta 68
SAND SPRINGS — The Demons pulled away in the second quarter and hung on late in a 69-68 over the Knights in the Class 3A Area consolation bracket.
“We had a pretty good lead heading into the fourth,” coach Norman Tippeconnie said. “They had one guy hit a bunch of 3-pointers and we were barely able to escape.”
P-T led 32-17 at halftime and 46-33 after the third. The Knights scored 35 points in the fourth quarter. The Demons put away Henryetta, making 26 of 36 free throws. Caleb White led the team in scoring with 19 points. Cody Waitt followed with 13 and Garrett Dollins scored 11.
The Demons face Oklahoma Christian at 3 p.m. Friday.
Yale 57, Tonkawa 54
CLAREMORE — The Bulldogs jumped out early and held off a Buccaneer rally in a 57-54 victory in the Class 2A area consolation bracket.
“We got off to an early start,” coach Rocky Kennedy said. “We defended well and made our free throws late.”
The Bulldogs will rematch with Chouteau-Maize, which beat them in the district championship on Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. Friday in Claremore.
Stillwater NewsPress sports reporter Andrew Glover contributed to this report.