WEATHERFORD – Woodward’s boys look to take the next step in the Class 4A playoffs tonight against a familiar opponent.

The Boomers, 15-8, face Anadarko, 14-9, in the Class 4A Area I regional semifinals at Eagle Fieldhouse.

Game time is 8 p.m.

The teams split last year with Woodward beating the Warriors in the regional finals but losing in the area consolation finals.

Of course, few of the players from those games are around this year.

The Boomers lost all five starters to graduation and Anadarko four of five.

This year, the teams play pretty similar styles.

“They’re almost a mirror image of us,” said Boomer coach Corey Miller. They are small and quick and guard play is what they do best.

“Their biggest guy is 6-2. They try to beat you with perimeter shooting and defense.”

That pretty much describes the Boomers, who rely heavily on three-point shooting.

Sophomore point guard Seth Heckart leads the Boomers with 18.9 points a game and Casey Covalt, another sophomore with virtually unlimited range, is averaging 11.6 points. The Boomers also have another long-range threat in senior Eric Smith, whose trio of three-pointers played a big role in the district tournament rout of Guymon.

Anadarko is led by Dayton Horse, who averages around 20 points a game.

“We’ve got to be aware of where their shooters are,” Miller said. “We need to get off to a good start.”

The winner will likely play Douglass on Saturday. The loser drops into the elimination bracket on Friday.

Woodward’s girls take on host Weatherford with the season on the line for both teams. Tip is 1:30 p.m.

Weatherford is 12-10 while the Boomers are 7-16 and looking to break a slump that has extended most of the second semester.

The teams have split games this year with each winning on its home floor. The winner of this one advances to Friday while the loser is out of the playoffs.

Weatherford lost to Anadarko in the district and the Boomers fell to Guymon in the final minute.

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