Tahlequah Daily Press

January 4, 2013

High school basketball preview capsules

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Tahlequah at Bishop McGuinness

When: Saturday with girls game at 5 p.m. and boys to follow at 6:30.

Where: Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School (801 NW 50th Street, Oklahoma City).

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Bishop McGuinness Irish.

Girls game

Records: Tahlequah (7-4); Bishop McGuinness (3-7).

Coaches: Tahlequah (Chad Walker); Bishop McGuinness (Shawn Clark).

About Tahlequah: Ranked fifth in Class 5A. ... Tahlequah is 1-3 in games away from the TMAC this season. ... The Tigers are in the midst of a two-game losing streak, having lost to Siloam Springs (Ark.) and Prairie Grove (Ark.) to close out the Siloam Springs tournament last week. ... Sophomore forward Jhonett Cookson leads Tahlequah in scoring (11.8) and rebounding (7.5) per game.

About Bishop McGuinness: Losers of their last two games, the Irish are ranked 15th in 5A. ... Bishop McGuinness' losses came against 4A No. 12 Heritage Hall and 4A No. 7 Cascia Hall in the Chesapeake tournament last week. ... The Irish are 0-2 at home, 0-6 against ranked teams and 0-4 against teams in the top 10.

Boys game

Records: Tahlequah (3-8); Bishop McGuinness (6-2).

Coaches: Tahlequah (Mike Leafgreen); Bishop McGuinness (Tondrell Durham).

About Tahlequah: The Tigers have lost two straight games, both came in the Siloam Springs tournament. ... Tahlequah won its opening game of the tournament against Prairie Grove (Ark.) before losing to Siloam Springs (Ark.) and Greenwood (Ark.). ...

About Bishop McGuinness: The Irish are No. 3 in 5A. ... Bishop McGuinness' last game was a 55-53 win over Stillwater on Dec. 21.



Cascia Hall at Sequoyah

When: Saturday with girls game at 3:30 p.m. and boys at 5.

Where: The Place Where They Play.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Cascia Hall Commandos.

Girls game

Records: Sequoyah (5-2); Cascia Hall (9-2).

Coaches: Sequoyah (Larry Shade); Cascia Hall (Lindsay Rodgers).

About Sequoyah: Ranked 11th in 3A. ... The Indians beat Metro Christian, 51-42, their last time out on Dec. 18.

About Cascia Hall: Commandos are ranked seventh in 4A. ... Cascia Hall, coming off a 60-48 win over Bishop McGuinness on Dec. 29, is 2-1 against ranked teams.

Boys game

Records: Sequoyah (4-3); Cascia Hall (3-6).

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

About Sequoyah: Indians are No. 15 in 3A. ... After dropping games to 3A No. 3 Verdigris and 4A No. 4 Victory Christian, Sequoyah went into the winter break with a 38-32 win over Metro Christian.

About Cascia Hall: The Commandos have lost their last two games.



(All games listed below are on Friday night. The girls game will begin at 6:30 with the boys to follow at 8).



Locust Grove at Keys

Where: Cougar Fieldhouse.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Locust Grove Pirates.

Girls game

Records: Keys (5-5); Locust Grove (4-2).

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

About Keys: After an 0-3 start to the season, Keys has won 5 of its last seven games. ... The Cougars have won two straight games, beating Vian and Wagoner before winter break.

About Locust Grove: On Dec. 18, Locust Grove up its pre-Christmas schedule with a 71-48 loss to 4A No. 2 Fort Gibson.

Boys game

Records: Keys (7-3); Locust Grove (4-2).

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

About Keys: Ranked ninth in 3A. ... Behind Trevor Eubanks' 25 points, Keys rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat Wagoner in overtime on Dec. 18. ... The Cougars have won two straight games.

About Locust Grove: The Pirates lost to Fort Gibson before winter break, which ended a three-game winning streak for Locust Grove. ... The Pirates, which came up a game short of the 4A state tournament last year, beat Keys in the Locust Grove tournament last season.



Hulbert at Sallisaw Central

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Sallisaw Central Tigers.

Girls game

Records: Hulbert (7-2); Sallisaw Central (3-5).

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

About Hulbert: Since winning the Greenleaf Invitational on Dec. 8, Hulbert has gone 2-2, including a 50-46 loss to Vian its last time out on Dec. 20.

About Sallisaw Central: The Tigers beat Warner, 62-41, on Dec. 20.

Boys game

Records: Hulbert (6-2); Sallisaw Central (6-2).

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

About Hulbert: The Riders beat Vian, 52-51, on Dec. 20.

About Sallisaw Central: The Tigers have won two straight, including a 65-46 win over Warner on Dec. 20.