Tahlequah Daily Press

January 15, 2013

High school basketball preview capsules

Sports Editor

(Girls start at 6:30 p.m.; boys at 8).

Tahlequah at Claremore

Where: Claremore Gym (201 E. Stuart Roosa, Claremore).

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Claremore Zebras.

Girls game

Records: Tahlequah (7-5, 4-1); Claremore (5-5, 4-1).

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

About Tahlequah: The Lady Tigers are No. 5 in the Class 5A coaches' poll on okrankings.com. ... Tahlequah, who has lost three straight games, hasn't played since Jan. 5, when it lost to Bishop McGuinness, 55-47. ... Jhonett Cookson leads Tahlequah in scoring at 11 points per game. The sophomore forward is also averaging 7.8 rebounds per contest. ... The Lady Tigers will host Claremore on Feb. 15.

About Claremore: The Lady Zebras are 19th in 5A. ... Claremore is tied with Tahlequah — win percentage-wise — for first place in the Metro Lakes Conference. ... The Lady Zebras are 1-4 in non-league games.

Boys game

Records: Tahlequah (3-9, 1-4); Claremore (0-10, 0-5).

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

About Tahlequah: The Tigers have lost five of their last six games. ... Tahlequah is coming off a 52-29 setback to Bishop McGuinness on Jan. 5.

About Claremore: The Zebras lost to Pryor, 76-49, their last time out on Jan. 8. ... Claremore is losing by an average of 26.8 points per game.

Sequoyah at Cascia Hall

Where: Cascia Hall Prep School (2520 S. Yorktown Ave., Tulsa).

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Cascia Hall Commandos.

Girls game

Records: Sequoyah (7-4); Cascia Hall (11-2).

Coaches: Sequoyah (Ron Cox); Cascia Hall (Lindsay Rodgers).

About Sequoyah: The Lady Indians moved up a spot and are now ranked 14th in 3A. ... Sequoyah's last game was a 45-37 win over Hulbert in the third-place game of the Bedouin Shrine Classic on Saturday in Muskogee. ... Audrey Ballou led Sequoyah with 14 points in the victory over Cascia Hall.

About Cascia Hall: The Lady Commandos are fifth in 4A. ... Cascia Hall has won three straight games, including a 60-39 win over Lincoln Christian last Tuesday. ... During that winning streak, Cascia Hall escaped Tahlequah with a 43-40 win over Sequoyah on Jan. 5.

Boys game

Records: Sequoyah (7-4); Cascia Hall (3-7).

Coaches: Sequoyah (Jay Herrin); Cascia Hall (Brian Rahilly).

About Sequoyah: In 3A, the Indians are ranked 15th. ... The Indians forced 32 turnovers in a 74-58 victory over McAlester on Saturday. The win for the Indians secured third place in the large school boys bracket of the Shrine Classic in Muskogee. ... Sequoyah beat Cascia Hall 75-63 on Jan. 5.

About Cascia Hall: The Commandos recently halted a three-game losing streak with a 48-42 win over Lincoln Christian on Jan. 8.

Catoosa at Keys

Where: Cougar Fieldhouse.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Catoosa Indians.

Girls game

Records: Keys (8-6); Catoosa (8-5).

Coaches: Keys (Mickey Duncan); Catoosa (Bryan Wesson).

About Keys: The Lady Cougars have won five of their last six games. ... Keys' last game was a 86-60 rout of Salina, where Mylee Hewitt led the Lady Cougars with 39 points.

About Catoosa: The Lady Indians beat Claremore-Sequoyah, 41-37, to cap off a 2-1 showing in the Oologah tournament over the weekend. ... Catoosa beat Keys 51-43 in mid December.

Boys game

Records: Keys (9-5); Catoosa (7-6).

Coaches: Keys (Duane Jones); Catoosa (John Coons).

About Keys: The Cougars are currently ranked 10th in 3A. ... Keys recently finished third in the Locust Grove Invitational with a 56-41 triumph over Westville. ... The Cougars are 4-2 on their home floor this season.

About Catoosa: The Indians lost two of their last three games, all coming in the Oologah tournament. ... Catoosa is 2-3 against ranked team and 1-1 on the road this year. ... The Indians beat Keys 53-49 on Dec. 14.

Hulbert at Chouteau

Where: Chouteau High School (101 N. McCracken St., Chouteau).

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Chouteau Wildcats.

Girls game

Records: Hulbert (9-4); Chouteau (0-10).

Coaches: Hulbert (Rick Ott); Chouteau (Denisha Posey).

About Hulbert: The Lady Riders have lost back-to-back games to ranked teams, falling to 2A No. 4 Oktaha 43-37 on Friday and 3A No. 11 Sequoyah 45-37 on Saturday. ... Hulbert opened the season with a 73-35 victory over Chouteau.

About Chouteau: The Lady Wildcats have lost their last three games by an average of 48 points.

Boys game

Records: Hulbert (8-5); Chouteau (5-7).

Coaches: Hulbert (Darron McCord); Chouteau (Travis Wheeler).

About Hulbert: The Riders are coming off a 69-65 win over Haskell on Saturday in which freshman guard Mason Fielden scored a career-high 29 points. The win secured third place in the Shrine Classic for Hulbert.

About Chouteau: The Wildcats’ last game was a 50-43 loss to Adair in the Locust Grove tournament.