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CLASS A BOYS
Quarterfinals (All Played At Fairgrounds)
Kiowa 44, Vici 36
– Kiowa advanced to Friday’s semifinal round behind a strong defensive effort in the second half. The game was close throughout with both teams exchanging the lead at various times but it was Kiowa’s defense in the final two frames that provided the difference.
Arapaho-Butler 65, Hydro-Eakly 57
– Arapaho-Butler came out on fire in the first half from beyond the arc. Their three-point shooting put them up early on Hydro-Eakly and ended up being the key to them advancing to the Class A semifinals. They would end up hitting their first five treys to start the quarterfinal contest.
Garber 52, Quinton 43
– Garber put an end to any hope that Quinton had of making a cinderella run to Championship Saturday. They ended those hopes early on in a dominating first round victory on Thursday evening. Garber would jump out early and often and wound up with the 52-43 victory.
Stuart 48, Fort Cobb-Broxton 47 – Overtime
– For the first time in many years, Fort Cobb-Broxton won’t be participating in Championship Saturday. They were stunned at the buzzer in overtime by Stuart. After Fort Cobb converted on a free throw to give them a 47-46 lead, Stuart would hit a shot at the buzzer to give them the overtime victory.
Garber VS Kiowa – Noon
Arapaho-Butler VS Stuart – 1:30PM
CLASS A GIRLS
Quarterfinals (All Played At Southern Nazarene)
Canute 74, Garber 55
– Canute dominated Garber from start to finish with a 74-55 decisive win to start their state tournament run. They would outscore Garber 22-10 in the final quarter to put the exclamation point on their opening round victory.
Strother 51, Calumet 48
– Strother led from start to finish but it wasn’t easy as they earned their way into the semifinals on Friday. Strother would need Lauryn Waller to nail a three with under thirty seconds to go to punch their ticket to the semifinals.
Hydro-Eakly 66, Kiowa 37
– Top ranked Hydro-Eakly avoided disaster on Thursday and avoided the quarterfinal upset. It was certainly a tale of two halves as they trailed Kiowa 26-20 at halftime. They would outscore them 46-11 in the second half to make this close call a blowout.
Okarche 44, Vici 38
– Perennial powerhouse Okarche advanced to another semifinal appearance after beating Vici 44-38. Okarche played a complete four quarters to advance. Vici went on an early 9-0 run in the first quarter but it was all Okarche after that.
Canute VS Strother – 4:30PM
Hydro-Eakly VS Okarche – 7:30PM
CLASS B BOYS
Quarterfinals (All Played At Mustang HS)
Duke 73, Whitesboro 44
– Duke has been waiting for their shot at redemption for nearly 365 days. They got over the first hurdle with a dominating 73-44 victory over Whitesboro. Duke would dominate the final quarter on their way to punching their ticket to the semifinal. They outscored Whitesboro 33-12 in the final period.
Hammon 81, Varnum 72
– Hammon controlled the game for the most part until a wild third and fourth quarter saw a furious comeback from Varnum, followed by a dominating performance from Hammon. After Varnum had the game within three, Hammon would outscore them 9-3 going away.
Leedey 71, Sasakwa 55
– The cinderella run for unranked Sasakwa came to an end in the quarterfinals as they fell to perennial power Leedey 71-55. Leedey would force nearly 30 turnovers in a dominating performance that clinched their spot in the semifinals on Friday.
Paden 68, Tyrone 58
– Paden used a 17-0 run to put Tyrone away early as the second ranked Paden squad would set up a 1 VS 2 clash in the semifinals against Duke. Paden dominated early and avoided any Tyrone run to advance to the highly-anticipated semifinal clash on Friday.
Hammon VS Leedey – 10:30AM
Duke VS Paden – 9:00PM
CLASS B GIRLS
Quarterfinals (All Played At Yukon HS)
Leflore 53, Leedey 50
– Leflore’s Lindsey Waits is the early candidate for best moment of the tournament. It’s still early, but Waits hitting the game-winning triple as time expired is going to be tough to beat. After Leedey tied the game at 50, Waits would send a dagger into their state tournament hopes with a corner three as time expired.
Lomega 62, McCurtain 40
– Different year, same result. Perennial powerhouse Lomega continued to show why they are one of the best all time small school programs. They dominated McCurtain 62-40, earning their 62nd all time win in the state tournament. That’s the most in Oklahoma girls basketball history.
Lookeba-Sickles 52, Boise City 48
– Lookeba-Sickles jumped out on Boise City early and put them in a hole that they couldn’t climb out of. Boise City didn’t go away and would make a furious comeback in the second half. However, Lookeba would hit free throws down the stretch to clinch their spot in the semifinals.
Varnum 47, Whitesboro 41
– Defending champion Varnum survived and advanced to the semifinals with a close 47-41 victory over Whitesboro. Varnum trailed Whitesboro early but they would end up retaking the lead into halftime and would never look back as they look to go back to back as state champs.
Lomega 80, Lookeba-Sickles 48
– Lomega returns to the state championship where they will seek their 14th gold ball in school history. The Lady Raiders made quick work of their semifinal opponent on Friday morning. They would jump out to an 11-2 lead early on and would never look back. They shot 50% from the field and had five different players finish in double figures.
Leflore VS Varnum – 6:00PM