Tahlequah Daily Press


February 20, 2013

Class 2A/3A basketball playoff previews


Class 2A girls

Area III (Claremore)

• The favorite: Northeast. Hands down, the Vikings are the best team in the area. And it's pretty easy to assume that Northeast is fueled by a two-point loss in the 2A title game last season.

• Other contenders: Tonkawa, Ketchum. These two are in the same region, and if both make it to the regional finals, whomever wins the matchup will have the upper hand in reaching the state tournament.

• Potential games to watch

- Northeast vs. Quapaw (regional finals at Mounds); Tonkawa vs. Ketchum (regional finals at Rogers); area consolation title game.

• State bound: Northeast (area champ); Ketchum (area runner-up).

Area I (Chisholm Trail Expo in Enid)

• The favorite: Alva. This area is wide open, and No. 4 Alva is the team to beat only because it beat No. 5 Ripley in December.

• Other contenders: Mooreland, Ripley, Thomas. Any one of these three could be the area favorite. Ripley has only one loss and has played well, but Mooreland and Thomas aren't far off that pace.

• Potential games to watch

- Mooreland vs. Alva (regional final at Chisholm); Ripley vs. Thomas (regional final at Heritage Hall); any area tournament game.

• State bound: Ripley (area champ); Thomas (area runner-up).

Area II (Anadarko)

• The favorite: Fairview. The reigning 2A champ didn't exactly get a rosy path back to the state tournament. The No. 3-ranked Yellowjackets — whose three losses have all come against Alva this season — got stuck with No. 2 Dale, No. 11 Cordell and No. 13 Amber-Pocasset. But winning a title a year ago has to mean something, and until someone knocks off Fairview, it will be the team everyone is chasing.

• Other contenders: Dale, Cordell, Amber-Pocasset. Only five losses among the three teams. When a club like Amber-Pocasset is ranked 13th, that explains the depth in 2A this season.

• Potential games to watch

- Fairview vs. Cordell (regional final at Minco); Dale vs. Amber-Pocasset (regional finale at Rush Springs).

• State bound: Dale (area champ); Fairview (area runner-up).

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