Tahlequah Daily Press

February 5, 2013

High school basketball preview capsules

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

— (Girls start at 6:30 p.m.; boys at 8, unless noted otherwise).



Tahlequah at Collinsville

Where: Collinsville High School (2400 W. Broadway, Collinsville).

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Collinsville Cardinals.

Girls game

Records: Tahlequah (12-7, 7-2 Metro Lakes Conference); Collinsville (12-6, 7-2).

Coaches: Tahlequah (Chad Walker); Collinsville (Kelly Clarke).

About Tahlequah: The Lady Tigers climbed up to the No. 7 spot in Class 5A after beating Bishop Kelley, 62-49, on Friday. ... In Tahlequah's win over Bishop Kelley, Whitney Wright scored a season-high 17 points. ... The Lady Tigers won the first matchup between these two clubs, beating Collinsville 52-43 at the TMAC. Casey Beaston led Tahlequah with 12 points.

About Collinsville: The Lady Cardinals are ranked ninth in 5A. ... Collinsville had won two straight games, including an 82-37 victory over Pryor. ... The Lady Cardinals have only lost once at home this season out of four games.

Boys game

Records: Tahlequah (6-13, 3-6); Collinsville (4-11, 3-5)

Coaches: Tahlequah (Mike Leafgreen); Collinsville (Todd Anderson).

About Tahlequah: The Tigers are coming off a 54-51 upset of Bishop Kelley on Friday night. Dalton Cunningham and Lain Wright led Tahlequah with 14 points apiece against the Comets. ... The Tigers beat Collinsville 53-39 on Dec. 14.

About Collinsville: The Cardinals have lost three straight games, including a 63-38 setback against Pryor on Friday.



Keys at Locust Grove

Where: Pirate Arena.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Locust Grove Pirates.

Girls game

Records: Keys (10-9); Locust Grove (9-9).

Coaches: Keys (Mickey Duncan); Locust Grove (Justin Brown).

About Keys: The Lady Cougars enter having lost their last game, a 46-30 loss against Fort Gibson.

About Locust Grove: The Lady Pirates lost to Miami, 46-44, on Friday. ... Locust Grove lost to Keys, 57-50, on Jan. 4 before beating the Lady Cougars on Jan. 8.

Boys game

Records: Keys (10-9); Locust Grove (16-4).

Coaches: Keys (Duane Jones); Locust Grove (Ronnie Maple).

About Keys: The Cougars are No. 13 in the 3A coaches' poll. ... Keys has lost four straight games, including a 52-47 loss at home against Fort Gibson on Friday.

About Locust Grove: The Pirates are ranked 16th in 4A. ... Locust Grove is coming off a 62-55 win over Miami on Friday. ... The Pirates beat Keys 46-42 back on Jan. 4.



Sallisaw Central at Hulbert

Where: Rider Fieldhouse.

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Sallisaw Central Tigers.

Girls game

Records: Hulbert (13-7); Sallisaw Central (8-12).

Coaches: Hulbert (Rick Ott): Sallisaw Central (Scott Lowe).

About Hulbert: Since losing two straight to end the Kiefer tournament, Hulbert has won two in a row, including a 52-10 rout of Gore on Friday. ... The Lady Riders beat Sallisaw Central, 43-40, on Jan. 4.

About Sallisaw Central: The Lady Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 68-17 victory over Okay on Friday.

Boys game

Records: Hulbert (11-9); Sallisaw Central (15-5).

Coaches: Hulbert (Darron McCord); Sallisaw Central (Brooks Cawhorn.

About Hulbert: The Riders' last game was a 61-43 loss to Gore on Friday.

About Sallisaw Central: The Tigers have won four of their last five games, including a 58-37 win over Okay on Friday. ... Sallisaw Central beat Hulbert 68-33 on Jan. 4.