Tahlequah Daily Press

November 30, 2012

High school basketball preview capsules

Sports Editor

— (All girls games start at 6:30 p.m. with the boys to follow at 8)

Skiatook at Tahlequah

Where: TMAC at Tahlequah High School.

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Skiatook Bulldogs.

Girls game

Records: Tahlequah 0-0; Skiatook 1-0.

Coaches: Tahlequah (Chad Walker); Skiatook (Tatum Beer).

About Tahlqeuah: The Lady Tigers will be making their season debut. ... Tahlequah went 17-8 last season. ... The Lady Tigers were eliminated from postseason play in the Class 5A area tournament last year. ... Tahlequah returns its top six scorers from last season. ... Randee O’Donnell (a 5-foot-7 junior guard) led Tahlequah in scoring last season with 9.9 points per game. ... In two games against Skiatook last season, Casey Beaston led Tahlequah with 8.5 points per game against the Lady Bulldogs.

About Skiatook: The Lady Bulldogs opened the season with a 25-19 win over Claremore-Sequoyah on Tuesday. ... Mikayla Schulanberger led Skiatook with 11 points against Claremore-Sequoyah. ... Skiatook went 2-0 against Tahlequah last season.

Boys game

Records: Tahlequah 0-0; Skiatook 1-0.

Coaches: Tahlequah (Mike Leafgreen); Skiatook (Shane Branscum).

About Tahlqeuah: The Tigers went 2-0 last season against Skiatook. ... This season, Tahlequah will be by point guard Lain Wright. Look for Dalton Cunningham, Will Carlile and David Dick all to carry the load at some point this season. ... Tahlequah beat Skiatook 49-47 at home last season.

About Skiatook: The Bulldogs beat Claremore-Sequoyah, 67-57, in their season opener on Tuesday. Austin Lawless, one of four Bulldogs to score in double figures, led Skiatook with 15 points.

Sequoyah at Stilwell

Where: Stilwell High School.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Stilwell Indians.

Girls game

Records: Sequoyah 0-0; Stilwell 1-0.

Coaches: Sequoyah (Larry Shade); Stilwell (Robert Brunk).

About Sequoyah: The Lady Indians return its key nucleus of Courtney Jones, Baylee Ratliff, Kelsey Leach and Feather Pacheco from last year’s team. ... Sequoyah beat Stilwell twice last season.

About Stilwell: The Lady Indians knocked off Westville, 53-35, to open the season on Tuesday. Sarah Paden led Stilwell with 22 points.

Boys game

Records: Sequoyah 0-0; Stilwell 0-1.

Coaches: Sequoyah (Jay Herrin); Stilwell (Ron Dunaway).

About Sequoyah: The Indians went 18-9 last season and were eliminated in the 3A regional tournament. ... Niko Hammer (point guard), Ryan Helsley (forward) and Caisen Green (forward) will command Sequoyah’s offense this season. ... Green will sit out the Indians’ first seven games of the season after a recent OSSAA ruling. ... Other contributors for Sequoyah this season will be: Elijah Tucker, Wyatt MClure, B.J. Leach and Zach Parish. ... Sequoyah will play on back-to-back nights with a road game at Keys on Saturday.

About Stilwell: The Indians were dealt a 49-35 loss by Westville to open the season on Tuesday night. Stilwell was outscored 40-21 over the final three quarters, after leading 14-9 at the end of the first quarter.

Keys at Miami

Where: Miami High School.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Miami Wardogs.

Girls game

Records: Keys 0-1; Miami 1-0.

Coaches: Keys (Mickey Duncan); Miami (Brian Busby).

About Keys: Keys opened the season on Tuesday with a 47-43 home loss against Hilldale. ... The Lady Cougars will host Sequoyah on Saturday night for their second game in two nights and third game in five nights.

About Miami: The Lady Wardogs rolled over Jay, 54-32, on Tuesday night. Miami was led in scoring by Hannah Chenoweth (15 points) and Tori Rowland (13). ... Miami is unranked, yet beat Class 4A No. 11 Jay by 22 points.

Boys game

Records: Keys 1-0; Miami 1-0.

Coaches: Keys (Duane Jones); Miami (Rusty Mercer).

About Keys: The Cougars are ranked seventh in Class 3A. ... Keys opened the season by beating Hilldale, 46-33, on Tuesday night. Trevor Eubanks led Keys with 13 points, while forward Peyton Ragsdale had 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks.

About Miami: Beau Bussey scored 26 points in Miami’s 76-49 blowout win over Jay on Tuesday. ... Miami went 6-18 last season.

Hulbert at Warner

Where: Warner High School.

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Warner Eagles.

Girls game

Records: Hulbert 1-0; Warner 0-1.

Coaches: Hulbert (Rick Ott); Warner (Justin Kana).

About Hulbert: The unranked Lady Riders coasted to a 73-35 win over Chouteau on Tuesday. Tiffany Thompson led Hulbert with 20 points. ... Hulbert beat Warner in both regular-season matchups last season.

About Warner: Raven Girty paced Warner with 21 points and 12 rebounds in a season-opening, 49-45 overtime loss to Webbers Falls on Monday.

Boys game

Records: Hulbert 0-1; Warner 1-0.Coaches: Hulbert (Darron McCord); Warner (James Bliss).

About Hulbert: Led by Craig Potts’ and Rico Wynn’s 13 points apiece, the Riders fell 59-55 to Chouteau in Tuesday’s season opener.

About Warner: The Eagles opened the season on the road with a 53-47 win over Webbers Falls on Monday.