PRYOR, OK —
No matter how you slice it, the Pryor hoops squads are behind the eight-ball heading into postseason play in two weeks.
The Tiger boys, 11-8 and on a five-game winning streak heading into tonight's contest at Claremore, waited just a little too long to find a rhythm. Despite having the 10th-best winning percentage in the class as of Monday morning, the Tigers somehow find themselves out of the top-20 in the Feb. 10 Class 5A poll.
Since regional pairings are based on the OSSAArankings.com polls, Pryor is facing a 2 1/2-hour journey west for their regional tournament. Pryor will have to travel to Edmond Deer Creek for its first-round game, where it will face No. 16 Northwest Classen (9-8) Feb 28.
A win against Northwest will likely mean a Saturday date with seventh-ranked Deer Creek, which will face Tahlequah in the opening round. Deer Creek stands at 13-8.
Six of the top eight schools in the Class 5A boys poll reside in the Oklahoma City metro, while a seventh (Lawton MacArthur) is also in the West. Tulsa Memorial (No. 2), Tulsa East Central (No. 10), Coweta (No. 14) and Tulsa Edison (No. 18) were the only Tulsa metro schools even ranked in the top 20 in the Feb. 10 poll.
So the West bias may hold sway for the boys, but the Pryor girls will have a tough enough time in their first-round regional game staying closer to home.
The Tigerettes, still winless on the season, will travel to face second-ranked East Central Feb. 27. The Lady Cardinals are 14-4.
On the other side of the East Central bracket includes No. 20 Coweta and Skiatook.
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