Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

February 15, 2013

High school basketball preview capsules

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

Claremore at Tahlequah

Where: TMAC at Tahlequah High School.

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Claremore Zebras.

Girls game

Records: Tahlequah (13-9, 8-3 Metro Lakes Conference); Claremore (12-9, 9-2).

Coaches: Tahlequah (Chad Walker); Claremore (Stephanie Shaw).

About Tahlequah: The Lady Tigers are ranked seventh in Class 5A in the coaches’ poll on okrankings.com. ... Tahlequah is coming off a 51-47 loss to Bishop McGuinness on Saturday. Randee O’Donnell led Tahlequah with 16 points.

About Claremore: The Lady Zebras are No. 16 in 5A. ... Claremore beat Tahlequah 48-46 on Jan. 15. Bailey Steckline led the Lady Zebras with 11 points. ... A win by Claremore and a loss by Collinsville makes Claremore the Metro Lakes Conference champion.

Boys game

Records: Tahlequah (7-15, 4-7); Claremore (0-21, 0-11).

Coaches: Tahlequah (Mike Leafgreen); Claremore (Tommy Nolan).

About Tahlequah: The Tigers have lost two straight games, including a 69-28 setback to 5A No. 1 Bishop McGuinness on Saturday. ... Tahlequah beat Claremore 54-47 on Jan. 15.

About Claremore: The Zebras have come close to snapping their season-long losing streak recently. Claremore lost to Pryor, 70-63 in overtime, on Tuesday. That followed a 44-38 setback against Collinsville on Feb. 8.

District tournaments

At stake: The district tournament games will determine who picks up spots in the Class 3A Area I regional tournament winner’s bracket. The loser will fall to the regional loser’s bracket.

Haskell at Sequoyah

Where: The Place Where They Play.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Haskell Haymakers.

Girls game

Records: Sequoyah (16-7); Haskell (5-11).

Coaches: Sequoyah (Larry Shade); Haskell (Rick Kirkhart).

About Sequoyah: The Lady Indians are ranked ninth in 3A. ... Sequoyah was eliminated from the playoffs in the area tournament last season. ... The Lady Indians are coming off a 57-54 win over Stilwell.

About Haskell: The Lady Haymakers are coming off losses to 2A No. 7 Oktaha and 3A No. 10 Eufaula prior to postseason play.

Boys game

Records: Sequoyah (15-8); Haskell (5-11).

Coaches: Sequoyah (Jay Herrin); Haskell (Jay Dixon).

About Sequoyah: The Indians are ranked ninth in 3A. ... Sequoyah has lost two straight games, including a 58-48 defeat against Stilwell on Tuesday.

About Haskell: The Haymakers beat 2A No. 4 Oktaha on Feb. 7 but followed it up with a 74-58 loss to Eufaula on Tuesday.

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