Several Tri-County teams are now heading into the thick of their tests as regional and area assignments open up today and continue through the weekend.


Several Tri-County teams are now heading into the thick of their tests as regional and area assignments open up today and continue through the weekend.
Shawnee’s girls, ranked fourth in Class 5A at the end of the regular season, appear poised to make history. The Lady Wolves — who have never reached the state tournament — secured a season-record 20th win Saturday at Carl Albert. Head coach Wendi Wells and crew have lost just two contests this year, and they will host Capitol Hill at 8 p.m. today for a Class 5A regional bout.
In the 5A regional setup, Shawnee must win the first-round game to advance to the second round, and thus the area tournament. A first-round loss would drop the Lady Wolves out of contention, but a first-round win and a second-round loss would still allow Shawnee to reach the area tournament’s losers bracket.
Shawnee’s boys (14-8) lost their last regular-season game at Carl Albert, and they will meet Capitol Hill at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bishop McGuinness in a Class 5A regional test.
In Class 4A, Tecumseh’s Savages will meet Checotah at 8 p.m. today in a first-round regional game at Okmulgee. The Tecumseh boys bested Okmulgee 57-42 in a district game Saturday, while the Lady Savages came up on the short end of a 60-58 final opposite Okmulgee.
The Lady Savages will contest Checotah at 1:30 p.m. today at Okmulgee in a regional losers bracket match.
Seminole and McLoud, both 4A entrants, will come into the regional tournament on the losers side. Seminole’s boys were nipped 54-53 by Star Spencer in districts, while McLoud’s Redskins were topped 70-45 by Piedmont.
Piedmont edged the McLoud girls (52-47), and Star Spencer handed Seminole’s Lady Chieftains a 47-40 loss in districts.
The Lady Chieftains will oppose John Marshall at 1:30 p.m. today at Harrah in a regional losers bracket game, and the Chieftains will face Harrah at 3 p.m. at Harrah. McLoud’s Lady Redskins will face Justice-Alma-Wilson at 1:30 p.m. in Piedmont, and the Redskins will face Justice-Alma-Wilson at 3 p.m. at the same venue.
Class 3A competitor Prague topped Meeker (63-49) in the district tournament, and the Red Devils will meet Lexington at 8 p.m. today in a regional winners bracket showdown at Prague. Meeker’s Bulldogs will contest Purcell at 3 p.m. at Prague.
Prague’s girls also bested Meeker (70-23) in districts, and enter the regional tournament’s winners bracket with a 6:30 p.m. match today against Purcell at Prague. The Meeker girls will face Lexington at 1:30 p.m. at Prague.
Also in 3A, Bethel’s boys and Chandler’s boys come into the regional tournament on the winners side. Bethel’s Wildcats drubbed Astec, 76-59, in districts, and will oppose Oklahoma Centennial at 8 p.m. today at Bethel.
The Chandler Lions, by way of a 58-45 win over Harding Fine Arts in the district tournament, will meet host Stroud at 8 p.m. today in the regional winners bracket.
Bethel’s girls will host Oklahoma Centennial at 6:30 p.m. today, and Chandler’s girls will take on Beggs at 6:30 p.m. in Stroud. Bethel registered an 88-9 win over Astec in districts, and Chandler hammered Harding Fine Arts, 68-33.
At the Class 2A level, Dale’s Pirates come into the winners bracket of the regional tournament to face Thomas-Fay-Custer at 8 p.m. today at Minco. The Pirates earned a first-round bye in districts, and dropped Christian Heritage 53-48 in double overtime in the second round.
Dale’s girls riddled Dibble, 46-14, in the first round of the district tournament, but fell 49-35 to Christian Heritage in the second round. This puts the Lady Pirates in a 1:30 p.m. regional losers bracket contest today against Hinton at Minco.
Earlsboro’s Class A Wildcats will play against Smithville at 8 p.m. today at McAlester’s Southeast Expo in the area tournament.
Note: For a complete look at regional and area tournament schedules involving Tri-County teams, see the Scoreboard.