Districts are set and the rankings are frozen for Class A and B basketball teams.
At 20-0, the Earlsboro Wildcats will enter the playoffs ranked No. 1 in Class B. They will host a district with 7-12 Macomb and 6-13 Asher. The official brackets will be released by February 1.
The girls’ district features the same three teams. That puts Asher (10-10) as the favorite even though the Lady Indians have dropped out of the Top 20. Earlsboro (9-12) has improved a lot this year and Macomb’s young girls are improving as well despite what their 3-16 record may reflect.
In Class A, Maud’s Lady Tigers (14-3) missed their last chance to be ranked in the Top 20 regardless of going unbeaten since December. MHS started the season 2-3 including a loss to Sasakwa and won 12 straight, including three tournament titles. One of those Championships came this Saturday with a big revenge win over Sasakwa at the Bowlegs Invitational.
Maud has to go to No. 6 New Lima for District play with Stringtown. New Lima is 16-4 and has lost two of its last five games to unranked 2A teams.
The top two teams advance from each district.
The larger classes are still fighting for better playoff position.
Despite cruising to a tournament title, Shawnee’s Lady Wolves improved only one position, up to No. 15 in Class 6A. The 12-3 Lady Wolves will head to Ada Tuesday night and host El Reno Friday.
The Wolves boys dropped out of the Top 20 in 6A. They have suffered a few losses lately thanks to playing without at least one starter in each of their last five games.
The Prague Lady Red Devils won the Route 66 Conference Tournament in easy fashion last week, but Adair and Sequoyah-Tahlequah both keep winning so Prague stays at No. 3 in 3A with a 15-1 record. Prague will see familiar foes this week as they face conference rivals Chandler and Okemah in road games.
Dale is the No. 3 team in 2A and they suffered their second loss of the year to Cashion in the finals of the Cashion Tournament. The Lady Pirates are 17-2 on the season. They are off until Friday, when they will host McLoud.
The Dale boys recently dropped out of the Top 20. Even though they won the Cashion Tournament this weekend, Dale wasn’t able to climb back into the rankings.
In 4A, Seminole climbed to No. 13 despite losing in the Route 66 Conference Tournament finals to Okemah. The Chieftains travel to Wewoka Tuesday night before they host Holdenville Friday.
Another county contest happens Tuesday night when Bethel hosts Tecumseh.