By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Three area high schools have reached the promised land as the Coyle Bluejackets, Glencoe Panthers and Frontier Lady Mustangs will compete in the state tournament in the Oklahoma City area. Several other area schools hope to be a step closer.
The Panthers (28-1) clinched their spot on Saturday with a 56-36 victory over Pond Creek Hunter after losing to Velma-Alma on Friday. Coach John Lazenby said he’s glad his team is still playing.
“It took us Saturday but that’s OK,” Lazenby said. “I told the boys on Saturday that you have to be in it to win it.”
Glencoe is expected to face Cheyenne at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.
The Bluejackets (23-4) advanced in the Class B Tournament with a 75-36 victory over Burlington Saturday. Coach Josh Sumrall said his team is playing really well.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” Sumrall said. “They have gotten a lot better since Christmas. Hopefully we have three good games left in us.”
Coyle plays Forgan at 8:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.
The Lady Mustangs (23-6) are three wins away from defending their Class A crown after a 64-39 victory over Pond Creek Hunter Saturday. Frontier plays Turner at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Oklahoma City University. Coach Clay Stephens said it won’t be easy but feels good about his team.
“We do have a lot of confidence,” Stephens said. “We’ve been here before and know what it takes.”
The Mulhall-Orlando Panthers will try to punch their ticket to state with a victory in the area consolation championship against Burlington. Coach Alex Beene said his team will be ready.
“We were ready to play (Monday),” Beene said. “These guys are tough and will be ready.”
The Ripley Lady Warriors (26-2) will look to keep their season alive when they face either Rejoice Christian or Mooreland in the area round at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chisholm Trail Expo in Enid. Coach Doug Scott said he wished his team won Saturday but is confident in his team.
“We are more determined than ever,” Scott said. “I hope we can get to Saturday. We will either get Alva or Thomas-Fay Custer. We lost to them by two and one points. We will be tough to beat a second time.”
The Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons (26-0) hopes to put themselves one victory from the state tournament with a victory over Oklahoma Christian in the regional championship, tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Though P-T already has a spot clinched in the area round, Burnett is focused on the next game.
“I don’t know who we will play next,” Burnett said. “We are looking at who we have next.”
The Demons (16-9) face a must win game in the regional consolation against Chisholm at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. If P-T wins, it will face the loser of Henryetta and Sequoyah Tahlequah in the area round at 8 p.m. Thursday in Sand Springs.
The Yale Bulldogs (23-5) play Tonkawa on Thursday in the Class 2A Area III Area round at 8 p.m. in Claremore. Coach Rocky Kennedy said it will be a tough game.
“The kids are going to have to defend well,” Kennedy said. “They have a lot of good shooters.”
The Pawnee Black Bears and Pawnee Lady Black Bears hope to advance to the area championship with victories over Alva on Tuesday. Boys coach David Page and girls coach Jeff Tatum said it will be tough.
“Alva is the seventh ranked team,” Page said. “It will be a good game for us. Hopefully we will be in the winner’s bracket.”
“They have some good guards and a strong post player,” Tatum said. “You can’t back off on anyone.”
Both Pawnee teams will face Thomas-Fay Custer if they win on Friday. If the Black Bears lose they face Merritt at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Chisholm Trail Expo. If the Lady Black Bears lose they face Wellston at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chisholm Trail Expo.
Four area teams’ seasons came to an end last week. The Morrison girls and the Yale girls lost in the first round of the regional consolation. Morrison lost 49-42 to Depew on Friday in Morrison. Yale lost 56-42 to Hulbert at Mounds on Friday. The Coyle Lady Bluejackets lost in the first round of the area consolation, 51-42 to Copan Friday in Cleveland. The Cushing Tigers season ended with a 47-36 loss to Vinita in the semifinals of the regional consolation in Catoosa.