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Thursday, 10 February 2011 13:15

By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
Oklahoma basketball coaches like to break their seasons into three phases: before Christmas break, after Christmas break and the playoffs. Come Friday night, Phase 3 begins as area teams begin play in their respective district tournaments.
Turpin and Beaver will play host to Class A district tournaments, while Tyrone and Forgan hit the road to points west for their Class B districts.
Beaver’s Duster Dome will welcome Hooker and Laverne Friday and Saturday. The Beaver boys battle Laverne Friday night, while Hooker awaits the winner. The Lady Dusters earned a bye, and will await the Hooker-Laverne winner.
Beaver’s had a week to prepare since their Tuesday games at Southwestern Heights were snowed out. Beaver last played a week ago — against Laverne. The Tigers out-lasted the Duster boys in overtime.
“I think it’ll be a toss-up either way,” Beaver Boys coach Brian Stalder said.
Beaver and Laverne are evenly-matched talent-wise.
As for missing out on game action against Southwestern Heights, Stalder said once he found out Tuesday’s games were off, he ran game-speed scrimmages during practice.
Friday’s winner will play Hooker, who’s experiencing its break-out season. The Bulldogs have beaten both the Tigers and Dusters in recent weeks and, after getting off to a 5-5 start, have finished the season 10-1, winning the Texhoma Tournament and only losing to Guymon, the No. 20 team in Class 4A.
The Lady Dusters have won six straight after losing to 2A Mooreland in the championship of the Oil Center Classic in Woodward. Beaver’s 20-2 overall and ranked No. 10 in Class A.
The Lady Dusters have beaten both Hooker and Laverne, the two semifinal combatants Friday night. Laverne beat Hooker by 12 a few weeks ago.
“If we can keep our heads up, we’ll be fine,” Hooker head coach Ray Kennedy said. “As long as we don’t get beat down, we’ll be fine.”
The other area Cass A tournament will take place Friday and Saturday in Turpin, where both the Cardinal boys and girls will be in action.
At 9-11 overall, Turpin is down a little from its state tournament run of a year ago, but the Cardinals have won three of their last four games. Their last two — games against Guymon and Elkhart — were canceled due to the weather.
Turpin will battle Texhoma Friday night at 8 p.m. Texhoma is also down, but the rivalry with the Red Devils is heated. The winner awaits No. 9 Vici on Saturday.
The Lady Cardinals are 4-16 overall but have won two of their last three, and will take on Vici Friday night. The winner will face Texhoma Saturday night.
In Class B, the team to beat is the Forgan boys. The Bulldogs have been ranked No. 1 in the state most of the year, and have rattled off a 20-2 record. Forgan’s only losses were to Class 6A Muskogee and Class 5A Tulsa East Central in the Tournament of Champions in Tulsa.
The Bulldogs have rattled off 11 straight wins and earned a bye in the district tournament at Yarbrough. They’ll play the Yarbrough-Hardesty winner on Saturday night and have earned an automatic berth in the regional tournament scheduled for next week at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
Tyrone’s boys are also having their renaissance season, going 16-3 overall, losing only to Class A Hooker, Texhoma and Turpin. The Bobcats await the winner of Friday’s Boise City vs. Felt seimfinal matchup.
On the girls’ side, Forgan also earned a bye and awaits the Yarbrough-Hardesty winner. The Lady Bulldogs are ranked No. 13 in the state with a 14-8 record.
Tyrone’s girls have struggled at times this season, going 9-10 overall. The Lady Cats will battle Felt in the semifinals Friday at Boise City. That winner will face No. 10 Boise City (17-5) on Saturday.

Class A District Tournament
Friday at Beaver
Boys

Beaver (14-8) vs. Laverne (17-4)
Saturday
Hooker (15-6) vs. Beaver-Laverne winner
Girls
Friday at Beaver

Hooker (9-12) vs. Laverne (11-10)
Saturday
Beaver (20-2) vs. Hooker-Laverne winner

Friday at Turpin
Boys

Turpin (9-11) vs. Texhoma (10-10)
Saturday
Vici (22-3) vs. Turpin-Texhoma winner
Girls
Friday at Turpin

Turpin (4-16) vs. Vici (7-17)
Saturday
Texhoma (11-9) vs. Turpin-Vici winner

Class B District Tournament
Friday at Yarbrough
Boys

Yarbrough vs. Hardesty
Saturday
Forgan (20-2) vs. Yarb.-Hardesty winner
Girls
Friday at Yarbrough

Yarbrough vs. Hardesty
Saturday
Forgan (14-8) vs. Yarb.-Hardesty winner

Friday at Boise City
Boys

Boise City vs. Felt
Saturday
Tyrone (16-3) vs. BC-Felt winner
Girls
Friday at Boise City

Tyrone (9-10) vs. Felt
Saturday
Boise City (17-5) vs. Tyrone-Felt winner

 
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