Tahlequah Daily Press

February 15, 2013

High school basketball preview capsules

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

— (Girls start at 6:30 p.m.; boys at 8, unless noted otherwise).



Claremore at Tahlequah

Where: TMAC at Tahlequah High School.

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Claremore Zebras.

Girls game

Records: Tahlequah (13-9, 8-3 Metro Lakes Conference); Claremore (12-9, 9-2).

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

About Tahlequah: The Lady Tigers are ranked seventh in Class 5A in the coaches’ poll on okrankings.com. ... Tahlequah is coming off a 51-47 loss to Bishop McGuinness on Saturday. Randee O’Donnell led Tahlequah with 16 points.

About Claremore: The Lady Zebras are No. 16 in 5A. ... Claremore beat Tahlequah 48-46 on Jan. 15. Bailey Steckline led the Lady Zebras with 11 points. ... A win by Claremore and a loss by Collinsville makes Claremore the Metro Lakes Conference champion.

Boys game

Records: Tahlequah (7-15, 4-7); Claremore (0-21, 0-11).

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

About Tahlequah: The Tigers have lost two straight games, including a 69-28 setback to 5A No. 1 Bishop McGuinness on Saturday. ... Tahlequah beat Claremore 54-47 on Jan. 15.

About Claremore: The Zebras have come close to snapping their season-long losing streak recently. Claremore lost to Pryor, 70-63 in overtime, on Tuesday. That followed a 44-38 setback against Collinsville on Feb. 8.



District tournaments

At stake: The district tournament games will determine who picks up spots in the Class 3A Area I regional tournament winner’s bracket. The loser will fall to the regional loser’s bracket.



Haskell at Sequoyah

Where: The Place Where They Play.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Haskell Haymakers.

Girls game

Records: Sequoyah (16-7); Haskell (5-11).

Coaches: Sequoyah (Larry Shade); Haskell (Rick Kirkhart).

About Sequoyah: The Lady Indians are ranked ninth in 3A. ... Sequoyah was eliminated from the playoffs in the area tournament last season. ... The Lady Indians are coming off a 57-54 win over Stilwell.

About Haskell: The Lady Haymakers are coming off losses to 2A No. 7 Oktaha and 3A No. 10 Eufaula prior to postseason play.

Boys game

Records: Sequoyah (15-8); Haskell (5-11).

Coaches: Sequoyah (Jay Herrin); Haskell (Jay Dixon).

About Sequoyah: The Indians are ranked ninth in 3A. ... Sequoyah has lost two straight games, including a 58-48 defeat against Stilwell on Tuesday.

About Haskell: The Haymakers beat 2A No. 4 Oktaha on Feb. 7 but followed it up with a 74-58 loss to Eufaula on Tuesday.



Salina at Keys

When: Saturday at 6:30 and 8.

Where: Cougar Fieldhouse.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Salina Wildcats.

Girls game

Records: Keys (10-11); Salina (11-9).

Coaches: Keys (Mickey Duncan); Salina (Mark Fraley).

About Keys: The Lady Cougars are riding a three-game losing streak heading into the playoff. Keys’ last game was a 43-36 loss to Oologah on Monday.

About Salina: The Lady Wildcats made the 3A state tournament last season. ... Salina has won three straight games, including a 57-43 rout of 3A No. 8 Kansas on Feb. 8.

Boys game

Records: Keys (11-11); Salina (3-18).

Coaches: Keys (Duane Jones); Salina (Luke Folkerts).

About Keys: The Cougars are No. 16 in 3A. ... Keys has dropped six of its past seven games, including a six-point loss to Oologah on Monday.

About Salina: Two of Salina’s three wins this season have come since Feb. 1. However, the Wildcats enter the playoffs after back-to-back losses to Chouteau and Kansas.



Hulbert vs. TBA

When: Saturday at 6:30 and 8.

Where: Liberty High School.

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Mounds Golden Eagles; Liberty Tigers.

Girls game

(Hulbert will face the winner of the Mounds-Liberty game)

Records: Hulbert (15-8); Mounds (6-17); Liberty (1-20).

Coaches: Hulbert (Rick Ott); Mounds (Brett Brooksher); Liberty (Brandon Treece).

About Hulbert: The Lady Riders have won four of their last five games, including a 57-22 smackdown of Okay on Tuesday.

Boys game

(Hulbert will face the winner of the Mounds-Liberty game)

Records: Hulbert (11-10); Mounds (12-11); Liberty (8-15).

Coaches: Hulbert (Darron McCord); Mounds (Rodney Cline); Liberty (Rodd Beer).

About Hulbert: The Riders enter the playoff after beating Okay 62-60 on Tuesday.