Woodward, Okla. —
CLINTON – Woodward’s basketball teams open the January portion of the schedule Jan. 8 in the Tornado Dome.
Girls action tips off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the boys.
Woodward’s girls take a 1-8 record into the game while Clinton has started slowly as well at 1-4 with the only win a 30-28 decision over Alva. Last week, the Tornadoes last 53-34 to Cache.
The Boomers haven’t played since a 60-53 loss to Enid in December - a game that saw the Boomers play pretty well for stretches.
Woodward did show more scoring punch, averaging 53 points a game in the last 3 outings after failing to break the 40-point margin in the opening 6 games.
On the boys side, the Boomers last game of 2012 was a solid 20-point decision over Enid, fueled by a big second half.
The Boomers, 4-5, will face a Clinton team that is athletic, but struggling. The Tornadoes opened the season with a 43-40 win over Elgin, but have dropped 4 straight since, all by 14 or more points.
Woodward won 2 of 3 meetings last season, though Clinton took the game on its home floor.
After tonight, the Boomers are off for a week before hitting the busy part of the schedule with three games next week and 4 the following week.
Woodward is home next week for games against Weatherford on Tuesday and Anadarko on Friday - the Boomers final home games until February.
The area schedule tonight is a fairly busy one as teams get ready for weekend tournaments.
Matchups include Blackwell at Alva, Arnett at Fort Supply, Forgan at Buffalo, Okeene at Canton, Watonga at Fairview, Fargo at Shattuck, Seiling at Laverne, Gage girls at Freedom, Leedey at Merritt, Turpin at Boise City and Waynoka at Aline-Cleo.
Some of the potential highlights:
• The boys game in Alva features a pair of teams that played well in December. Blackwell, in fact, is 7-0 with one of the wins coming at home over the Goldbugs. For its part, Alva is 6-2 and has a 5-game winning streak.
• The Seiling-Laverne boys game is one between a pair of teams expecting to make strong runs in the Class A playoffs. Seiling’s 7-2 record includes a 72-63 win over the Tigers in the Laverne Tournament. The two teams are likely to meet a couple of more times over the course of the season as well. Laverne is coming off back-to-back road wins over Texhoma and Buffalo.
• The girls game between Leedey and Merritt could be a good one. Leedey’s girls are ranked No. 9 in Class B with a 10-4 record while Merritt is 6-3. Merritt won 41-38 when the teams met in the Five County Tournament in December.
Tournaments take center-stage beginning on Thursday as Woodward hosts the Oil Center Classic, Seiling welcomes visitors to the Ward Center Classic and Fargo host its invitational tournament. Merritt, Cherokee and Chisholm are also hosting invitationals this week.