The Woodward News


February 21, 2013

Boomers head to regional; B Area comes to Woodward

Woodward, Okla. — Editor's note: Make sure and check before you head out to games. Snow is falling and expected to accumulate in a good portion of Northwest Oklahoma. It could affect the schedules depending on travel situations for the teams involved.

Note this change: Woodward games at John Marshall have been moved to Friday at same times. No games on Thursday. Also, Class B area tournament in Woodward postponed on Thursday. Will now start on Friday. Also just announced that Class A games in Enid have been postponed.

Basketball playoffs hit the red-hot stage this week as state tournament teams will be determined in Class A and B while in 2A through 4A is at the regional level and the 5A and 6A schools join the fray with regionals as well.

Locally, the Woodward Boomers travel to Oklahoma City today for regional matchups with the John Marshall Bears.

For the girls, it will be an elimination contest after their loss to Elk City in the district last week. To advance through the weekend and into next week's area, the Boomers will need 3 wins.

The boys are in the winners bracket semifinals where a victory over the Bears would advance them to the regional finals - likely against second-ranked Douglass - and assure them a spot in the area tournament. A loss would send them into the elimination bracket needing 2 wins to reach area.

The girls play today at 1:30 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m.

In Class B, Boomer Fieldhouse will be rocking through the weekend with the Class B Area 1 tournament. Two girls teams and 2 boys teams will earn spots in the state tournament.

The Class A Area 1 tournament is in Enid and in Class 2A, Mooreland is at the regional in Chisholm.

Here's a rundown of today's scheduled games.

Class 4A

The Woodward girls will try and bounce back from a tough night in the district while John Marshall is coming off a loss to Bridge Creek.

Woodward sports a 5-17 record and the Bears are 7-16.

The Bears have won just one of their last 7 games, over a US Grant team ranked 32nd out of 32 teams in Class 6A.

John Marshall does have a couple of interesting results including a win over Perry in the Jones tournament. The Bears also have a victory  over Duncan.

The Boomers have lost 2 straight since putting together a 2-game winning streak earlier in February.

Haylee Bates and Mercedeez Bell, the only 2 seniors on the team, are key players and freshman Hillary Hurst is coming off a 13-point performance in the district. Amanda Covalt is the top 3-point threat.

Woodward's boys had one of their best overall games of the season in a 65-39 rout over Elk City in the district.

The Boomers shot the ball well, got some balanced scoring and dominated from start to finish.

Taylan Iliff is the leading scorer followed by Ty Richey and Kaleb Roach. The Boomers showed plenty of balance in the district with 6 players scoring 7 or more points.

Woodward, 11-11,  has won 3 of its last 4.

John Marshall has remained ranked in the top 20 most of the season despite a sub-par record and the Bears are only 9-14. But, they are also extremely athletic and capable of big games on a given night.

The Bears have some impressive wins over Star Spencer, Bethany and Millwood but also have a loss to a weak US Grant club and one to Class 3A Oklahoma Christian School.

Note: If you're going to John Marshall, the school is located at 12201 N. Portland Ave. John Marshall officials say there are plenty of restaurants for travelers in the area including those along close by Lake Hefner and Memorial Road.

Class B

Four elimination games are on tap at Boomer Fieldhouse today.

In girls games, Balko takes on Vici at 1:30 p.m. and Sharon-Mutual plays Boise City at 6:30 p.m. In boys action, it will be Tyrone against Leedey at 3 p.m. and Lookeba-Sickles vs. Fort Supply at 8 p.m.

Balko's girls are 23-3 but find themselves 3 wins away from a third straight trip to state after losing to Shattuck in the regional finals.

Jaylee Mays leads the Lady Bison.

Vici features Amelia Tyree and the Lady Indians are coming off a regional where they won 3 straight elimination games by at least 15 points. Vici is 20-9 on the season.

Sharon-Mutual's girls are 16-9 and trying to bounce back from a tough night against Leedey in the regional.

Boise City has a 17-9 mark and stunned Forgan 51-44 in Forgan to reach the area tournament.

Leedey's boys had lost 4 straight going into the regional tournament but together a 3-game winning streak and are in the area with a 9-17 record. Tyrone is coming off a competitive loss to No. 1-ranked Forgan.

Tyrone has lost just 3 games all season, to Fargo, Forgan and Texhoma.

Fort Supply sports a 15-14 record and reached the area with clutch wins over Balko and Shattuck, the latter game in overtime. Fort Supply is 7-3 in its last 10 games.

Lookeba-Sickles is 17-11 and played a solid game against Arnett before losing in the regional finals.

Class A

Girls games have Texhoma vs. Cashion at 1:30 p.m. and Waukomis vs. Seiling at 6;30 p.m.

In boys games, Laverne takes on Beaver at 3 p.m. and Garber faces Texhoma at 8 p.m.

Laverne's boys are seeing a familiar opponent as they have a pair of wins over the Dusters this year - one by a wide margin and another that was more competitive.

The Tigers lost to Garber in the first round of regionals then routed Cimarron and Cashion to reach the area.

Beaver had a 4-game winning streak halted by Cheyenne in the regional finals.

Texhoma's boys lost in the district finals then won 3 straight last week to stay alive. The Red Devils will face a solid team in Garber that lost to Okarche.

Seiling's girls are 15-10 but one of the more dangerous teams left in the area with plenty of playoff experience. After a close loss to Texhoma, the Wildcats won their first 2 elimination games by 35 and 32 points, respectively.

Waukomis has put together a 19-8 record and won 6 in a row before falling big to Okarche in the regional.

Texhoma's girls face a Cashion team that has been hot and cold all season.

Class 2A

The Mooreland girls take a 19-3 record into the regional and face a Pawnee team that has posted a 19-5 record.

Pawnee has won 9 games in a row, but none of the teams were highly ranked. Mooreland has been in the top 20 in 2A most of the season and won its district easily.

Game time for the girls is 6:30 p.m.

Mooreland's boys are 15-7 and face a 3 p.m. elimination game against Rejoice Christian.

Rejoice Christian is 10-14 and played No. 8 Pawnee tough in the district before losing 44-36.

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