The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 27, 2014

Drummond eyes history, again

Staff reports

GLENPOOL — Drummond’s boys are looking to go one step further than they did in a historic season last year when the 21-7 Bulldogs face Calumet (21-8) at 3 p.m. today in  a Class A Area II losers bracket quarterfinal at Glenpool.

The Bulldogs were eliminated in the area losers bracket quarterfinals by Pond Creek-Hunter, 57-55 last season. They lost to the same Panthers 43-25 in the regional finals last week. The 25 points was Drummond’s lowest scoring output of the season.

Brady Kokojan is averaging 21.3 points for Drummond.

Calumet (21-8) won three games to come out of the regional losers bracket last week — defeating Bartlesville Wesleyan, 62-47; Riverfield, 42-33; and Oaks Mission, 60-53.

The winner faces the Coyle-Crossings Christian winner at 3 p.m. Friday for the right to play in the losers bracket finals Saturday and for a berth in the state tournament.

• Kremlin-Hillsdale’s girls (14-12) face Oaks Mission (22-2) in a girls losers bracket semifinal at 6:30.

While the Lady Broncs won three games out of the losers bracket at regionals to reach the area for the first time since 2009, Oaks Mission fell to No. 4 Frontier 68-54 in a regional winners bracket final. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Oaks Mission.

Rebecca Wasson is averaging 19.5 points for the Lady Broncs in the playoffs.

The winner plays the Coyle-Calumet winner at 3 p.m. Friday in the losers bracket semifinals.

Class B Area I

At Woodward

Leedey girls (12-14) vs. Burlington (24-5), 1:30 p.m. — Leedey is coming off a 70-46 loss to Lomega in the regional finals. Burlington has won eight of its last nine games after a 62-52 loss to Lomega on Jan. 25. Burlington is in the area for the fourth year and has lost in the area losers bracket finals the last two seasons.

Okeene girls (15-12) vs. Balko (19-6) — Balko looks to rebound from a 58-42 loss to Shattuck in the regional winners bracket finals. Okeene avenged a 20-point loss to Sharon-Mutual in its regional losers bracket finals, 40-27. Okeene is in the area for the first time since 2008.

The Okeene-Balko winner plays the Leedey-Burlington winner at 3 p.m. Friday.

Dover boys (18-7) vs. Goodwell (16-9), 3 p.m. — Dover had a seven-game winning streak broken by Okeene 51-46 in the regional winners bracket. Goodwell won three games out of the losers bracket at Shattuck. Dover boys are in the area for only the second time in the last 20 years.

Burlington boys (20-7) vs. Leedey (17-9), 8 p.m. — Burlington is looking for its fourth-straight state tournament appearance. The Elks had a five-game winning streak snapped by No. 1-ranked Forgan 73-37 in the winners bracket finals at Shattuck. Leedey beat Fort Supply 61-32 in its losers bracket regional final on its home floor.

The Dover-Goodwell winner faces the Leedey-Burlington winner at 3 p.m. Friday.

Friday, six area teams will be going for a state tournament berth in winners bracket finals. Winners go to the state tournament. The loser gets a second chance Saturday against the losers bracket survivor.

Class A, Area II, at Glenpool

Pond Creek-Hunter girls (24-0) vs. Frontier (23-4), 6:30 p.m. — The Lady Panthers, seeking a return trip to state, had their closest game of the season (55-49 over Coyle) in the regional finals. Frontier has won eight straight, including 68-54 over Oaks Mission in the regional finals. Jade Jones is averaging 26.7 points per game for the Lady Panthers.

Pond Creek-Hunter boys (18-3) vs.  Glencoe (25-0), 8 p.m. — This could be called the makeup game for a scheduled Feb. 11 game, which was snowed out. Glencoe, the defending state champion, beat Crossings Christian 84-64 in its regional final. The Panthers have been eliminated in the area losers bracket finals the last two years. They shut down Drummond 43-25 in the regional finals.

Class A, Area I, at SWOSU (Weatherford)

Seiling girls (20-5) vs. Cheyenne (24-3), 6:30 p.m. — Coach Brad Thrash’s girls will try to beat Seiling for the third time this season. Cheyenne beat the Lady Wildcats 43-37 in the Bi-County Tournament finals on Jan. 25 and at Seiling, 51-39 on Feb. 7. The No. 1-ranked Lady Bears have won 11 straight since a 56-37 loss to Thomas Jan. 14. The Lady Wildcats are in the area for the ninth straight year.

Seiling boys (19-6) vs. Fort Cobb-Broxton (27-0), 8 p.m. — Fort Cobb-Broxton, ranked No. 1, is coming off a 81-47 win over Cheyenne in the regional final. The Wildcats, in the area for the first time since 2010, have won four straight, including a 80-50 rout of Laverne in the regional finals.

Class B, Area I

At Woodward

Lomega girls (24-4) vs. Shattuck (22-2), 6:30 p.m. — Lomega is in the area for the 13th-straight year. They have won 14 of their last 15, including a 70-46 rout of host Leedey in the regional final. Shattuck has won 20 straight since a 50-47 loss to Seiling on Dec. 13.

Okeene boys (22-3) vs. Forgan (25-1), 8 p.m. — The Whippets have won 14 straight, including a 51-46 win over Dover in the regional winners bracket finals. Forgan (25-1) has lost only to Laverne 70-68 on Feb. 11.

Class B, Area II

At Sand Springs

Timberlake girls (22-4) vs. Red Oak (25-2), 6:30 p.m. — Timberlake’s girls seek their fourth straight trip to the state tournament. The Lady Tigers have won five straight, including a 57-43 win over New Lima in the regional finals. Red Oak has won 12 straight, including a  78-23 rout of Varnum in the regional finals.