The OSSAA basketball rankings were far more kind to the girls’ teams in the area this week. The boys’ squads didn’t fare as well.
The Shawnee girls climbed a spot to No. 16 in 6A during a week off.
The Wolves boys dropped out of the top twenty despite finishing second to 6A’s No. 7-ranked Sapulpa in the finals of the East Central Oklahoma Classic with two starters either out sick or battling injuries.
Both Shawnee teams will have a chance to improve their rankings this week as they host Piedmont and Guthrie. On the girls’ side, 5A No. 9 Piedmont visits the PAAC Tuesday and No. 14 Guthrie comes to town Friday night. On the boys side, Piedmont is No. 13 in 5A and Guthrie is unranked.
Earlsboro remained undefeated and No. 1 in Class B after they swept through the competition in the Jim Walling Classic. The Wildcats will host Tupelo Tuesday, Maud on Thursday, and head to Strother Saturday.
Seminole dropped to No. 16 this week after a loss to Preston in the Stroud Tournament last week. They will return to Stroud to take on the Tigers Friday night.
Dale and Prague both held on to the number three ranking in their respective classes. The Lady Pirates won the Kingston New Year’s Classic for the second straight year but they have little room to move up with undefeated Christian Heritage and one-loss Cashion above them. The Lady Pirates host Oklahoma Christian Tuesday and Latta on Friday.
The Pirates boys slipped to 5-8 in the Kingston Tournament this weekend. Dale is still in the rankings, holding down the No. 20 spot. Their road doesn’t get any easier as the Oklahoma Christian boys are No. 6 in 3A and Latta is No. 2 in 2A. It is a chance for the Pirates to avenge a loss to Latta earlier this season.
The Lady Red Devils suffered their first loss in the finals of the Ripley tournament this weekend but the voters left them at No. 3 in 3A. Their loss was to 2A’s No. 5 team Kiefer. Prague hosts Holdenville Tuesday before hosting rival Chandler Friday night.
A loss to Dewar in the Jim Walling Classic last week dropped Asher to a tie for No. 17 in Class B with Mt. View-Gotebo. The Lady Indians have another tough week ahead with a road trip to Wanette before returning home to host 2A No. 9 Vanoss.
Even though they won their second tournament of the year and improved to 10-3, the Maud Lady Tigers still haven’t climbed into the Class A rankings. Their record is better than 11 of the ranked teams. The Lady Tigers head to Earlsboro Thursday night before playing in the Bowlegs Tournament next week.
Other key games this week include: Bethel at Mt. St Mary on Tuesday. Tecumseh heads to Harrah Tuesday before they return home to host Little Axe Friday. McLoud hosts Jones Tuesday and Okemah on Friday. Macomb hosts Strother on Friday. Before it’s game at rival Prague on Friday, Chandler also gets to visit another rival at Meeker on Tuesday.