Class 3A boys state capsules
No. 5 Sequoyah Indians
Coach: Jay Herrin.
Players to watch: Caisen Green (6-2, Sr., 19.5 ppg), B.J. Leach (6-0, Jr., 10.4 ppg), Zach Parish (6-2, Jr., 8.9 ppg).
Notes: Indians are back in the state tournament for the second straight season. ... Sequoyah beat Verdigris, 64-55, in the Area IV finals. ... Green led the Indians in the area championship game with 26 points, which helped him eclipse the 1,000-point mark in his career. He now has 1,016 points going into the state tournament.
No. 7 Sperry Pirates
Coach: Lance Kight.
Players to watch: Casey Cole (6-7, Sr., 18.7 ppg), Peyton Pratt (6-1, Jr., 19.9 ppg).
Notes: The Pirates took the long way in advancing to the state tournament. A district tournament loss to Newkirk meant the Pirates needed wins over Pawhuska, Morris, Okmulgee, Lincoln Christian, Henryetta and Nowata (in the area consolation game) to claim a state tournament berth. ... Sperry has played only two games against 3A state tournament teams — both against Verdigris. The Pirates lost both.
No. 1 Okemah Panthers
Coach: Kale Simon.
Players to watch: Austin Guinn (6-3, Sr., 17 ppg).
Notes: Okemah, ranked first in 3A all season long, has only played six games — out of 27 — that have been decided by 10 points or less. In the playoffs, the Panthers closest game was a 14-point victory over ASTEC Charter in the regional finals. ... Okemah lost in three overtime periods to Millwood in the 3A championship game last season. ... The Panthers reached the state tournament with a 77-58 victory over Atoka in the area finals.
No. 9 Heritage Hall Chargers
Coach: Chris Hamilton.
Players to watch: Chris Hamilton (5-10, 11 ppg).
Notes: The Chargers lost a four-point game to Centennial in the area finals but bounced back to beat Perkins-Tryon, 45-44, in the area consolation championship for a berth in the state tournament. ... Heritage Hall is back in the state tournament for the first time since 1977.