Woodward, Okla. —
The Boomers face a busy and important weekend of basketball as they host Anadarko tonight and Saturday head south to play Cache.
On the boys side, the games could play a big role in determining the eventual Western Conference champion and they also could have some playoff implications as all 3 schools are typically placed in the same 4A area.
The Boomers are currently 6-5 with a 3-game winning streak while Anadarko is ranked fourth in Class 4A and Cache is 15th.
In conference play, the Warriors are unbeaten while Woodward and Cache each have one league loss.
Anadarko's has lost twice this season, to the Oklahoma City Storm home school team and to Class 5A Chickasha. The Warriors' most significant victories have come against Class 5A schools Carl Albert and El Reno.
Woodward lost a close game to Anadarko last season, but won the 5 meetings before that, including 2 in the area finals.
Cache has a pair of wins over John Marshall to its credit and has lost to Anadarko, Moore and Duncan.
The Boomers have never lost to Cache, winning 6 times over the past 3 seasons.
Taylan Iliff is scoring over 18 points a game to lead the Boomers while Ty Richey and Kaleb Roach are scoring around 11 points a game.
On the girls side, the 2-9 Boomers will face the prohibitive favorite to repeat as Class 4A champions in the Anadarko Lady Warriors.
The Lakota Beatty-led Warriors are 14-1 with the only loss to 6A No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe in December.
The Warriors won the Tournament of Champions in Tulsa with back-to-back wins over Jenks and East Central, then beat 6A No. 3 Southmoore last week in the finals of the Warrior Classic.
Anadarko averages 65.5 points a game on offense led by Beatty, who has signed with Oklahoma State University.
On Saturday, the Boomers will face an 8-6 Cache team coached by former Mooreland head coach Andrew McClung.
A year ago, Cache beat the Boomers in overtime.
Woodward is 1-1 since the Christmas break, beating Clinton and losing to undefeated Weatherford.
Game time both nights is 6:30 p.m. with the girls taking the floor first.
The area schedule is a busy one tonight.
Games include Alva at Cherokee, Arnett at Forgan, Moscow, Kan. at Balko, Texhoma at Beaver, Fargo at Buffalo, Vici at Canton, Chisholm at Fairview, Fort Supply at Leedey, Gage girls at Shattuck, Hooker at Laverne and OBA at Mooreland.
On Saturday, Shattuck travels to Buffalo and Fargo is at Turpin
Game time is 6:30 p.m. everywhere.
The top boys game sends Arnett, ranked third in Class B, to Forgan where the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs await.
This is a rematch of last year's state finals won by Forgan.
Arnett is 12-6 so far this season with 3 of those losses coming in the Tournament of Champions over the holidays. The Wildcats won a tough road game at Hammon on Tuesday.
Forgan is 13-1 and coming off a win over Fargo on Tuesday. The Bulldogs lone loss was to Class 2A Hooker.
Another interesting boys game has the Hooker Bulldogs traveling to Laverne. Hooker won the Arapaho Tournament last week but was beaten by Texhoma on Tuesday. Laverne has built a 10-3 record and just climbed into the top 10 in Class A this week.
Texhoma will travel to Beaver for what should be another good boys game. Both teams expect to be factors in the Class A playoffs later this year.