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March 5, 2013

Class 3A girls state tournament preview

State tournament schedule

At State Fair Arena (Oklahoma City)

Thursday

Game 1: Millwood vs. Verdigris, 2 p.m.

Game 2: Hugo vs. Perkins-Tryon, 3:30 p.m.

Game 3: Sulphur vs. Lindsay, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Sequoyah vs. Adair, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, TBD.

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, TBD.

Saturday

Game 7: Championship game, TBD.

* Semifinal and finals times will be released on Tuesday.

Sequoyah Indians

Record: 20-8.

Ranking: No. 11.

Coach: Larry Shade.

Top players: Courtney Jones (Sr, 5-6, guard), Audrey Ballou (Jr, 5-9, forward), Loren Young (Jr ,6-0, junior), Baylee Ratliff (Soph, 5-8, guard).

Path to state: Area I consolation champion. Beat Haskell in district play and No. 7 Beggs and Henryetta in regional play. After a loss to No. 2 Perkins-Tryon in the area finals, Sequoyah beat Oklahoma Christian School, 64-49, to reach the state tournament.

Notes: Sequoyah is making its first trip to the state tournament since 2010. The Indians lost to Millwood in the first round that year. ... Sequoyah won three consecutive titles from 2005 to 2007. Those are the only three state championships Sequoyah has in girls basketball. ... The Indians are 3-7 against ranked teams this year and 0-4 against top-five clubs.

Adair Warriors

Record: 27-0.

Ranking: No. 4.

Coach: Scott Winfield.

Top players: Molly Kerr, Raven Campos, Kylie Looner.

Path to state: Area III champion. The Warriors have only been challenged once during their run to the state tournament. Adair started off by blowing out Dewey in district play, and Keys and Eufaula were easy victims during regional action. The Warriors then earned their state-tournament berth by beating Verdigris, 37-35, in the area finals.

Notes: Adair is making its eighth consecutive trip to the state tournament. ... The Warriors lost to Millwood in last year’s quarterfinals. ... Adair has won three state championships with the most recent coming in 2009.

Millwood Falcons

Record: 22-4.

Ranking: No. 3.

Coach: Arnelia Spears.

Top players: Teanna Reid (Sr, 5-6, guard), Keviona Grissom (Sr, 5-9 forward), Raven Prince (Soph, 5-9, forward).

Path to state: Area II champion. Victories over ASTEC (districts), Marlow (regional semifinals) and Lindsay (regional finals) preceded Millwood’s 54-43 win over Plainview in the area finals.

Notes: Millwood beat Prague 64-50 in the 3A finals last season. Reid had 17 points in the title game. ... Last year’s state championship was Millwood’s third in school history. ... This is Millwood’s 20th appearance in the state tournament. ... Reid leads Millwood in scoring at 17.2 points per game. She also averages 5.3 assists per game. Grissom leads the Falcons with 7.8 rebounds a game.

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