The Pryor Times


March 4, 2014

Area hoops forecasts: Adair, LG to state

MAYES COUNTY, OK — Trying to plan your basketball watching weekend? The Times has every area tournament that features a local team covered. Here's a forecast of this weekend's games:

Boys Class 4A Area II

Claremore High School

Consolation games: Inola (18-8) vs. Locust Grove (22-3), Thursday, 3 p.m.;  Cascia Hall (13-12) vs. Stilwell (20-5), Thursday, 8 p.m.; Semifinal Friday, 3 p.m.; Consolation Final Saturday, 8 p.m.

Championship game: Harrah (24-2) vs. Douglass (18-4), Friday, 8 p.m.

Expected champion: Harrah.

Expected runner-up: Locust Grove.

Locust Grove should muscle past Inola to set up a rematch with Stilwell, which embarrassed the Pirates in LG in a regional first-rounder. If the Pirates can get through the early gauntlet, Douglass should be the only thing standing between LG and a state tournament bid.

Girls Class 4A Area II

Claremore High School

Consolation games: Inola (18-8)  vs. Stilwell (18-8), Thursday, 1:30 p.m.; Newcastle (19-8) vs. Locust Grove (17-7), Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Semifinal Friday, 1:30 p.m.; Consolation Final Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Championship game: Harrah (22-4) vs. Vinita (20-5), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Expected champion: Harrah.

Expected runner-up: Vinita.

Harrah is a clear frontrunner for a state spot, but after the Lady Panthers the field clouds up. LG has had Vinita on the ropes more than once this season, so if the Lady Pirates can navigate the first two rounds and set up a rematch with the Lady Hornets in the consolation final, anything could happen.

Boys Class 3A Area II

Skiatook High School

Consolation games: Adair (15-10) vs. Henryetta (19-8), Thursday, 3 p.m.; Sperry (21-5) vs. Lincoln Christian (13-13), Thursday, 8 p.m.; Semifinal Friday, 3 p.m.; Consolation Final Saturday, 8 p.m.

Championship game: Nowata (17-9) vs. Spiro (23-2), Friday, 8 p.m.

Expected champion: Spiro.

Expected runner-up: Sperry.

Spiro should waltz into the state tournament against Nowata, leaving five teams to fight over one last spot. Adair will need some help from its own shooters and a Lincoln Christian upset in the first round if it wants to avoid facing elimination at the hands of Sperry for the second year running.

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