MIDWEST CITY – The Boomers left little doubt they belonged in the upper echelon of Class 4A basketball teams with their 82-48 dismantling of John Marshall in the regional Saturday night.

That performance capped a dominant three-game march trough the opening rounds of the Class 4A playoffs. The Boomers, 22-3 and ranked 5th by coachesaid.com, won three games by an average of 32 points.

Still, it was the win over John Marshall, ranked fourth at the time, that caught everyone’s attention.

Woodward will look to continue its momentum and qualify for the Class 4A state tournament against another of the state’s traditional powers, the 2nd-ranked Bishop McGuinness Irish, Friday at Midwest City High School. The Irish won 7 state championships from 1998-2008.

Tipoff time is 8 p.m.

The two schools actually met two years ago in the area finals and McGuinness, led by Daniel Orton and Ryan Randolph, won that one.

This year, the teams are a bit different. McGuinness still has a tall post presence, but not one being recruited by every school in the nation.

The Boomers have an entirely different lineup full of 3-point bombers and in your face defenders.

“I think we are playing at a high level right now,” said Boomer head coach Corey Miller. “We are playing great defensively and have a group of kids that are making plays on both ends of the floor.

“This is the time of year you want to be playing your best basketball and I think we are playing with a lot of confidence.”

While the Boomers have blown out opponents, the Irish have played a couple of close games, still winning all by double figures and they beat Perkins 55-36 in the regional finals.

“They’re a very solid ball club,” Miller said. “They have a great point guard in Kevin Caruthers and they have a 6-8 sophomore post player in Matthew Christiansen.

“They play great defense, get after you and are really well-coached. They aren’t that flashy, but are sound fundamentally.”

The Irish defense will get tested by a Boomer offense average 66.6 points a game - including 11 made 3-pointers on an average with a season high of 20 in one game.

The Boomers are shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point range for the season.

Junior point guard Seth Heckart is having an All-State type of campaign averaging 21.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. He also has 115 assists and 101 steals.

Casey Covalt, a junior, adds 14.6 points a game while Chaunce Carrico, the only senior starter, averages 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds. He shoots 51 percent from the floor.

Drake Smithton averages nearly 7 points a game and Shawn Hunter 4.4. Both are juniors. Austin Hickman, another junior, gets the starting nod inside and sophomores Daniel Nelson and Garrett Roach are key players off the bench.

Combined they have helped the Boomers win 13 games in a row since an overtime loss to Washington in January.

McGuinness has gone 17-6 against a primarily 5A-6A schedule.

The winner of Friday’s game advances to state, but the loser gets another chance on Saturday against the elimination bracket survivor.

Teams on the elimination side include Anadarko, Perkins, John Marshall and Piedmont.

Notes: Some fans and parents are organizing a sendoff for the Boomers today from 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the high school parking lot. Anyone is invited. Expect a pretty large Woodward contingent in Midwest City on Friday. The Boomer fans were out in full force for the regional in Clinton, taking over the Tornado Dome and turning it into another homecourt for the Boomers. Woodward is trying to qualify for state for the first time since 2004 and only the third time since 1953. Here are directions if you’re going to the game: Follow I-40 East to SE 15th Street, exit on SE 15th Street and continue east on SE 15th. Midwest City High School sits between Air Depot and Midwest Boulevard.

Trending Video