Woodward, Okla. —
As the basketball playoffs reach the regional stage for the state's smaller school, some high-quality matchups are already on tap in Area 1.
That's especially true in Class A where several of the boys games are ones you might normally see in an area tournament, but they are taking place in the regional semifinals due to the overall quality of the field.
For instance, Beaver at Laverne and Mooreland at Seiling are big matchups for what in essence is the second round of the playoffs in the area.
Here's a look at how the Class B and A groupings for this area shake out so far.
Class A Boys
The regional semifinals Thursday should provide plenty of excitement.
Laverne defeated Beaver 83-75 earlier this season and the Tigers showed they were playoff ready with a 70-68 win over Forgan in the final regular season matchup.
Trevor Harris and Mason Overstreet headline an athletic group that was in the state tournament last year. The veteran combo of Garrett Weber and Jorge Rivera make Beaver a dangerous opponent against anyone.
Mooreland will try to duplicate its regular season victory at Seiling and the young Bearcats - one senior starter - are plenty capable.
Seiling counters with the high scoring duo of Bowan Nyberg and Britt Shuck.
The elimination games on Thursday are interesting as well. Vici will try and go 3-0 against Texhoma this year when they square off in Laverne. The Indians won 41-40 and 45-41 in the regular season.
At Seiling, the Cherokee Chiefs and Ringwood are athletic teams trapped in a tremendously difficult class.
In the southern regional, Fort Cobb-Broxton and Cheyenne are big favorites to advance on the winners side. Fort Cobb-Broxton is ranked No. 1 in the state most of its wins have been lopsided - only 2 games decided by 10 or fewer points. Cheyenne has a 7-game winning streak going.