Earlsboro opens up the state tournament Thursday at Southern Nazarene University against Whitesboro at 7 p.m.
The Earlsboro Wildcats will be in action at the Class B state tournament this weekend but are far from the only team trying to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Earlsboro opens up the state tournament Thursday at Southern Nazarene University against Whitesboro at 7 p.m. The Wildcats finished the regular season as the top-ranked team in Class B and have lost one game all season with a 27-1 record going into the tournament. Their only loss came at the hands of Paden in a 61-59 defeat and they are a favorite to win the big dance after being knocked out in the first round last season by Leflore, 68-63.
Whitesboro enters as the underdog as the No. 9 team in Class B and boasts a record of 25-7. They lost to No. 2 Red Oak 45-39 in their regional final but won out in area to earn their spot at the tournament, upsetting No. 6 Paden 47-28 in the area consolation title game. This is Whitesboro's first state tournament appearance since 1947.
The No. 15 in Class 4A Seminole Chieftains trounced Broken Bow 64-43 Monday to win their regional title and are now one win away from a state tournament bid and boast a record of 20-4. They will square off with No. 9 Roland (22-3) Friday at Beggs for that spot at 8 p.m.
The No. 20 in Class 2A Dale boys beat Rejoice Christian 44-42 to win their regional consolation bracket. They will need to win their next three games to make it to the state tournament, with No. 4 Ketchum as their first opponent. The Pirates hold a record of 17-12 while Ketchum enters the game 21-4. They square off at 8 p.m. Thursday at Catoosa.
The Lady Pirates (25-4) are a favorite to make it back to the state tournament but will have to fight their way through the area consolation bracket after suffering an upset from unranked Luther in their first game of regionals. Dale has their first area game Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against No. 11 Caney Valley (20-6) at Catoosa. The winner will move on to face the winner of Luther and Wyandotte at 1:30 Friday.
The Lady Lions knocked off Meeker 37-27 in their regional consolation final Monday after losing to the Lady Bulldogs in their previous two meetings. Chandler (7-19) will have an uphill battle to make it to state. They will face No. 9 in Class 3A Holland Hall (17-8) today at 6:30 p.m. at Will Rogers. The winner will advance to play the winner of No.8 Pocola and unranked Verdigris Friday at 1:30.
The No. 3 in Class 3A Lady Red Devils of Prague remain one of the favorites to enter the state tournament and after squeaking by Mount St. Mary 56-55 Monday are one game away from earning their spot. The Lady Devils (23-2) will face No. 5 Hartshorne (25-0) at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Checotah as they look to hand Hartshorne their first loss of the season.
In their first year of Class 6A ball, the Lady Wolves earned their spot in the area tournament with a 53-49 win over Sapulpa to open the postseason last Friday. They suffered a 46-37 loss to Owasso Monday night to drop into the consolation bracket of the area tournament at Claremore and will have to win a pair of games to make it to the state tournament.
The No. 14 Lady Wolves (21-4) will face No. 11 Norman North (17-8) Thursday at 8 p.m. as they each try to knock each other out of the running. The winner will advance to Saturday's game at 3 p.m. against the loser of No. 2 Bartlesville and No. 13 Sand Springs for a spot in the state tournament.