After an exciting start to the playoffs for area 2A and 3A schools, the regional round will bring many challenges starting today.
For the Empire Lady Bulldogs, the district round was unkind to them as they fell 58-53 to Central High.
Today at 1:30 p.m. the Lady Bulldogs (14-10) will try and keep their season alive as Konawa (7-17) provides the opposition in a consolation bracket game from Wynnewood High School.
“Konawa is very guard oriented,” Empire coach Jason Allensworth said. “They’re also very quick and work very hard on rebounding the ball. They do a lot of little things right during the game.”
Last Saturday night the Lady Bulldogs had the Lady Bronchos on the ropes for three quarters, before a fourth quarter comeback sent EHS to the consolation bracket.
“We’ve had our ups and downs this season,” Allensworth said. “But we have grown a lot as a team. I think we’re playing our best basketball at the right time. The last four minutes of the game are going to decide who wins and moves on.”
Should Empire prevail, a showdown with either Rush Springs or Amber-Pocasset awaits on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. from Rush Springs High School.
Speaking of Central High, the Bronchos and Lady Bronchos will also be in action today from Wynnewood High School.
At 3 p.m. today the Bronchos (13-9) will try and get a bad taste out of their mouths when they try and play giant killer against No. 9 Dale (21-5).
“Dale is one of those teams that is athletic at every position,” Central High coach John Nease said. “They are very patient and well coached. They’re also not afraid to get physical as well. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
Central High suffered its worst defeat of the season last week in the district round against Wilson, suffering an 82-51 setback.
“I’ve been telling the guys that this is a win or go home situation now,” Nease said. “We need to take advantage of the opportunity we have in front of us. Controlling the momentum is going to be key for us as well as their inside game.”
A Bronchos win will see them go against either Hydro-Eakley or Hinton Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. from Rush Springs High School.
At 6:30 p.m. tonight the Lady Bronchos (17-6) will be in action, as they too will try and play giant killers against the No. 2 Dale Lady Pirates (24-1).
With a win the Lady Bronchos will play for the regional championship Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. from Rush Springs High School against either Amber-Pocasset or Rush Springs. While a loss means CHHS will play Friday afternoon against either Apache or Hinton at 6:30 p.m. from Rush Springs High School.
Class 3A Regionals
In Class 3A, the Comanche Indians and Lady Indians will be in action today from Washington High School.
First at 1:30 p.m. the Lady Indians (2-16) will try and stop the Lady Longhorns (14-9) with the winner facing either Stroud or Prague on Friday at 1:30 p.m. from Washington High School.
At 3 p.m. the Indians (10-14) will try and move on against Jones (0-19) with the victor earning a contest against Prague or Stroud on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. from Washington High School.
Home court advantage will belong to the Marlow Outlaws and Lady Outlaws this evening as they will both take on Millwood in the first round of regionals.
At 6:30 p.m. the Lady Outlaws (14-8) will try and exercise the demons of last year’s playoffs as they look for revenge against No. 3 Millwood (17-3).
Last season, the Lady Falcons earned a 66-39 victory inside Outlaw Gymnasium in the first round of regionals against the Lady Outlaws.
A victory will see Marlow play for the regional championship Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. against either Lindsay or Meeker from Lindsay High School, while a loss will see MHS go against Marietta or Kingfisher Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. from Lindsay High School.
In the late game, the Outlaws (14-9) will try and earn an upset of their own when they take on the No. 3 Falcons (14-9) at 8 p.m.
“Millwood is a super athletic team,” Marlow coach John Garrett said. “This will be the most defensive oriented team we have seen all season. They won’t be coming in here thinking they are going to get beat. As long as we stick to our gameplan, it should give us a chance to win.”
Should the Outlaws win, they will meet either Marietta or Kingfisher Saturday night at 8 p.m. for the regional title from Lindsay. A loss means Marlow gets the winner of the Lindsay/Meeker game Friday night at 8 p.m. also from Lindsay.