Thursday’s Quarterfinals (All Games At Mustang HS)
Okarche 58, Kiowa 51
Okarche would take the lead with a little over two minutes to play and they would keep Kiowa off the scoreboard for the final two minutes. Okarche advances to Friday’s semifinal after beating Kiowa in a close contest for all 32 minutes. The game was tied at the end of the first and second quarter. Kiowa only led by a point after three quarters. Okarche’s free-throw shooting late pushed them over the edge.
Cyril 78, Frontier 48
Cyril pulled off one of the biggest blowouts on the first day of the state tournament with a 30-point victory over Frontier. Cyril certainly came into this tournament feeling like they had unfinished business after losing to Fort Cobb-Broxton in the semifinals by a point a year ago. They didn’t take long to make a statement this week by blowing out last year’s Class A Runner Up. Cason McLemore led the way with 24 points.
Glencoe 90, Whitesboro 88
In arguably the most entertaining of all the state tournament games on Thursday, Glencoe survived an upset from Whitesboro with a 90-88 victory. Whitesboro’s furious fourth quarter rally came up short and a shot at the buzzer hit off the rim and Glencoe was able to survive to make it to Friday’s semifinal round. This was a high-scoring game from the start as both teams could not miss.
Fort Cobb-Broxton 74, Garber 52
The four-time defending champions were their regular dominating self as they dispatched Garber with ease on Thursday evening. The Mustangs advanced with a 74-52 victory behind another stellar performance from senior Kellen Hines. The Mustangs now have to shift their focus to Friday’s semifinal clash with a Glencoe team that put up 90 points in their quarterfinal win on Thursday.
Friday’s Semifinals (All Games At Fairgrounds)
Cyril 80, Okarche 55
For the second straight day, Cyril made quick work of their state tournament opponent. On Thursday, it was a 30-point rout of Frontier, On Friday, they handled Okarche 80-55. Cyril would jump out to a 23-9 lead after the first quarter and the outcome of the game was never in doubt after the opening quarter. Cyril now advances to the state title game and they made no secret about who they want to see on Championship Saturday. They want rival and four-time champ Fort Cobb-Broxton, who beat Cyril in the semifinals a year ago.
Fort Cobb-Broxton 54, Glencoe 40
At this point, if you’re still surprised by Kellen Hines’ performances in the Big House, you haven’t been paying attention. The four-time defending champions are headed back to Championship Saturday behind another stellar performance from senior guard Kellen Hines. The Fort Cobb standout went for 35 points in their semifinal win and was the reason why Fort Cobb pulled away in the second half. Up next is another showdown with rival Cyril with a state title on the line. Fort Cobb is looking to become just the second school to capture five straight gold balls.
Thursday’s Quarterfinals (All Games At SNU)
Hydro-Eakly 53, Canute 35
Hydro-Eakly exploded in the second half and ran away with a 53-35 victory over Canute to open up tournament play in Class A. Hydro would outscore Canute 38-20 in the second half to move on to the semifinals.
Seiling 62, Oklahoma Christian Academy 25
Three-time defending champion Seiling made quick work of Oklahoma Christian Academy with a 62-25 victory. The Lady Cats are chasing history this weekend and they left no doubt in their tournament opener that they’re prepared to grab that fourth straight gold ball. The Lady Cats led 30-11 by halftime and rolled behind their star twin duo of Karly and Macy Gore.
Frontier 63, Tipton 61
Frontier is looking to make it back to Championship Saturday but they needed some fourth quarter heroics to advance to the semifinals on Friday. They avoided an upset to Tipton with a 63-61 victory. Frontier’s Morgan Romero got a steal and would score with 16 seconds left and that would eventually become the game-winner. Tipton fell just shy of pulling one of the bigger upsets on Thursday evening.
Smithville 40, Cyril 31
For the first time in school history, Smithville has tasted victory in the state tournament. Smithville knocked off Cyril 40-31 in the quarterfinals on Thursday, making sure they would be able to step on the Big House floor on Friday. Smithville is in the state tournament for the third time in school history but they were 0-2 coming into the state tourney this year. Now they’ll look to even their overall record to 2-2 with another win on Friday.
Friday’s Semifinals (All Games AT Fairgrounds)
Hydro-Eakly 70, Frontier 52
Hydro-Eakly used a big surge in the second half to run away from their quarterfinal opponent on Thursday. Friday in the Big House, it was a 9-0 run early in the second quarter that put Hydro-Eakly at arms-length away from Frontier. With the win the Lady Bobcats deny Frontier a second consecutive trip to Championship Saturday and they’ll be playing for their third gold ball in school history. Something else that is certainly notable with Hydro-Eakly’s victory is this stat. They’ve now played in eight state tournament games and they’re a perfect 8-0.
Seiling VS Smithville – 7PM
Thursday’s Quarterfinals (All Games At Yukon HS)
Calumet 64, Leedey 57
Calumet is looking to return to Championship Saturday and they got off to a great start on Thursday. They knocked off Leedey 64-57 in a game that was not as close as the final score would indicate. Calumet led Leedey 27-9 at halftime, holding Leedey to just three points in the second quarter. Despite Leedey’s valiant comeback efforts, Calumet is moving on to the semifinals.
Paden 47, Duke 43
We’ll have to wait another year to see a possible undefeated run in Class B basketball. Paden pulled off one of the bigger upsets on Thursday in all classes when they knocked off Duke 47-43, ending their perfect season in the quarterfinals. The big reason for the upset was Duke’s struggles on the offensive side. Duke was held to a season-low 43 points. They had scored at least 50 points in every game before Thursday’s upset.
Kinta 67, Braggs 41
Top ranked Kinta saw what happened to unbeaten Duke and they were determined not to let the upset bug bite them as they faced off with Braggs. Kinta would outscore their quarterfinal opponent 37-16 in the second half to run away with the blowout victory on Thursday. Kinta had a balanced scoring attack that could not be slowed down once they got rolling in the third and fourth quarters.
Lookeba-Sickles 40, Big Pasture 34
Alex Leon’s big second half propelled Lookeba-Sickles to Friday’s semifinal round with a 40-34 win over Big Pasture. Leon came up big in the second half with 13 points in a game that saw both teams struggle at times from the floor offensively. Now the focus must shift to the next challenge and that comes on Friday when they get Class B’s top ranked Kinta with a spot in the state title game on the line.
Friday’s Semifinals (All Games At Fairgrounds)
Calumet 58, Paden 51
Calumet is returning to Championship Saturday for the second time in the last three seasons. The Chieftains knocked off Paden behind a surging performance in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Pirates 22-14 in the final frame. Leading the way for Calumet was Gunner Snowden, who finished with 17 points. But it was Mark Castillo’s three-pointer with 1:21 left in the game that put Calumet up for good. In fact, that three-pointer was the start of Calumet closing the game on a 9-0 run.
Kinta VS Lookeba-Sickles – 9PM
Thursday’s Quarterfinals (All Games At Fairgrounds)
Hammon 49, Webbers Falls 45
Defending champion Hammon moved onto the semifinals after beating Webbers Falls 49-45. In a game that was close throughout, the defending champs survived and moved on. The first quarter was high-scoring with the champs leading 20-18 after eight minutes of play. Things slowed down from there, but Halee Morris would make sure the Lady Warriors were never in danger, as she led all scorers with 24 points in the victory.
Boise City 43, Burlington 37
The state tournament woes continue for Burlington as they’ve now lost seven consecutive state tournament games. On the other side, Boise City is riding high as they made the long drive from the western panhandle to play in their first state tournament game since 1940. Boise City picked up the win and as one of the lower ranked teams in the field, they continue their somewhat cinderella run.
Lomega 66, Red Oak 30
Lomega has a history of state tournament blowouts and Thursday’s 66-30 victory over Red Oak is the latest chapter in that growing book. The Lady Raiders are hungry for another state title and they look like a major contender after they jumped up on Red Oak, leading 34-12 at halftime. They would coast to the win, setting up a huge clash with a Varnum team that hasn’t lost since December.
Varnum 73, Duke 46
Varnum continued to roll as they dispatched Duke with ease, winning 73-46. They Lady Whippets would use a 13-2 run to open the second half and they never looked back. They put the game on cruise control in the fourth quarter and it gave Varnum an opportunity to rest up for what should be one of the best games during Friday’s semifinal round. Varnum will square off with perennial power Lomega.
Friday’s Semifinals (All Games At Fairgrounds)
Hammon 48, Boise City 43
During their championship run a year ago, Hammon used balanced scoring to bring home the gold ball. This year, they’re once again going to be playing on Championship Saturday. However, it hasn’t been a balanced scoring attack. The play of Hammon’s Halee Morris in the paint has carried the Lady Warriors to the title game. She scored over 25 points in their win. Hammon led 13-2 after one quarter but Boise City made it interesting immediately. Both teams exchanged blows in the fourth quarter but Hammon would never surrender the lead.
Varnum 66, Lomega 41
Varnum is headed to Championship Saturday and they still haven’t lost since the calendar flipped to 2019. The Lady Whippets found themselves in an early hole against perennial powerhouse Lomega, trailing 7-1 in the first quarter. Varnum would take a timeout, go on an 8-0 run and would only extend their lead from there. By the end of four quarters, Varnum had clinched their spot in the title game with a 25-point mauling of Lomega. The Lady Raiders struggled mightily from the field, shooting just 17% on 8/47 shooting.