No. 1 CPHS Wrestling leads State Championship after first round with 8 semifinalists

Top-ranked 220 pound senior Delvin Jordan pinned his first-round opponent at the OSSAA State Championship. (Photo: Scott Emigh)

Top-ranked 220 pound senior Delvin Jordan pinned his first-round opponent at the OSSAA State Championship. (Photo: Scott Emigh)

6A Top-Ten Team Scores:

  1. No. 1 Sand Springs (25)
  2. No. 2 Choctaw (21.5)
  3. No. 3 Broken Arrow (21)
  4. No. 13 Norman North (11)
  5. Midwest City (10)
    No. 8 Stillwater (10)
  6. No. 4 Edmond North (9)
  7. No. 6 Ponca City (8)
    No. 5 Yukon (8)
  8. No. 11 Edmond Memorial (6)
    Owasso (6)

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No. 1 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team got off to a solid start at the OSSAA 6A State Championship Friday afternoon at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Eight of the eleven State Qualifiers won their first round matches, and the Sandites had the top team score by a narrow margin over the defending State Champions from No. 2 Choctaw. 

It's a three-way race for the top with Choctaw and No. 3 Broken Arrow right behind the Sandites. The Yellowjackets and Tigers each have six wrestlers remaining in the championship bracket.

106-pound sophomore Riley Weir (39-6 season, 60-18 career) met Edmond North freshman Nate Becker (22-13) in his quarterfinal. Weir took a 5-1 lead into the second period and started on bottom, then quickly reversed in the first twenty seconds. He did it again to start the third period and held on for a 9-1 major decision. He will face Choctaw freshman Gabe Johnson (34-6) in the semifinals.

113 senior Tanner Ward (33-10, 109-22) took on Mustang sophomore Cameron Picklo (29-8) and recorded a takedown in the first twenty seconds, then cut his foe loose soon after. He snagged another score midway through the first period, added a pair of back points, cut his opponent loose, then took him down again to end the first period 8-3. Picklo started the second period on top and Ward easily got the escape, then added a takedown soon after. Picklo got a reversal and nearly put the Sandite in danger, but Ward managed to stay off his back and recovered for a reversal and 14-5 third period lead. The final stretch started neutral and Ward picked up a couple more takedowns for a 16-5 major decision. He will face Westmoore senior Canon Randall (36-4) in the semifinals.

120 senior Michael Ritchey (36-10, 65-34) and Choctaw junior Andy Schlaepfer (27-16) hit the mat early and struggled for control, ending up in a stalemate before the Sandite finally came out on top with seven seconds left. They started the second period neutral and it went the same as the first, hotly contested with one stalemate, and one Sandite takedown, once again in the final ten seconds. Ritchey started the final period on bottom and escaped thirty seconds in, then took control with a minute left and held on for the 7-0 decision. He will face Edmond North senior Paxton Rosen (36-2) in the semifinals.

126 junior Blake Sargent (37-10, 89-24) battled Choctaw junior Connor Holman (35-6) and gave up a takedown late in the first period. He started the second period on top and cut his opponent loose early on, then Holman added another pair of points towards the end and took a 5-0 lead into the final stretch. Sargent started the third period on the defensive end and escaped in the first few seconds, but was unable to score. Holman added another takedown, Sargent cut loose, and the Yellowjacket won by 7-2 decision. He will face Ponca City sophomore Spencer Schickram (37-9) in the consolationquarterfinal.

132 Oklahoma State University-signed senior Daton Fix (45-0, 163-0) easily handled Midwest City senior Marquez Edwards (24-8), scoring a takedown for nearfall points in the first thirty seconds. He cut his foe loose, scored, cut him loose again, scored again, and continued to run up the score to 11-3 at the end of the first period. He started the second with a reversal and secured the pin in 2:43. He will face Ponca City junior Dylan Schickram (38-12) in the semis.

138 senior Jack Karstetter (30-1, 103-16) had a scrappy competitor in Edmond Memorial junior Connor Simpson (21-8). The Sandite handily prevailed, however, taking a 7-0 lead into the second period with two sets of back points. He started on bottom and immediately escaped five seconds in, then added a second takedown for a 10-1 third period advantage. He reversed to start the final stretch and cut Simpson loose to look for bonus points, but the two remained neutral and Karstetter got the 12-2 major decision. He will face Ponca City senior Dawson Hunt (29-14) in the semifinals.

145 senior Beau Bratcher (43-7, 134-30) battled Westmoore sophomore Zach Johnson (25-7) and scored his first takedown at the minute mark. He started the second period on defense and scored an early escape and held on for a 3-0 lead in the third. Johnson selected defense, and remained there for the duration, giving Bratcher a 3-0 decision. He will face Yukon senior and defending State Champion Jaxen Gilmore (27-2) in the semifinals.

152 junior Payton Scott (37-3, 58-11) took on Choctaw junior Jeff Speer (16-8) and scored a takedown in the first thirty seconds, and cut his foe loose immediately. He added two more by the end of the first and entered the second stretch 6-2. He started with an immediate escape, then took Speer down for a fall at 2:19. He will take on Midwest City senior Rober Walker (28-6) in the semifinals.

160 sophomore Noah Almy (24-18) took on Choctaw junior and defending State Champion Jaryn Curry (35-3) and gave up an early takedown, but escaped soon after. Curry added another score and cut the Sandite loose, then repeated for a 6-3 lead. Almy started the second period on top, but Curry broke free and scored another trio of takedowns in the first minute and entered the third period with a 15-6 lead. They started neutral and Curry scored a takedown and a pair of back points before securing the 22-7 tech fall in 4:58 after a stalling penalty on Almy. The Sandite will return to action against Edmond Santa Fe junior Williams Depona (16-13) in the consolation quarterfinals.

170 senior Zane Basma (26-4, 88-29) gave up an early takedown to Edmond Memorial junior Sam Hensley (36-7), but quickly escaped and scored his own takedown for a trio of nearfall points. The Sandite started the second period neutral with a 6-2 lead, but gave up another takedown at the end of the period. Basma started the final stanza on bottom and quickly escaped, but Hensley scored a last second takedown for back points for the 9-7 decision. Basma will take on Ponca City junior Lane Newlin (31-14) in the consolation quarterfinal.

220 senior Delvin Jordan (43-2, 74-14) took on Westmoore senior Jonathan Martinez (15-8) and the two were evenly matched through the first. Jordan took a 1-0 lead with a second period escape then added a takedown soon after. Slow and steady won the race and Jordan worked his foe into a cradle at 3:42. He will take on Choctaw junior Caulin Poole (25-10) in the semifinals.

The first round of consolations will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by the semifinals at 7:15 p.m.

No. 3 CPHS girls defeat Stillwater 59-32 in Regional Playoffs; Kersgieter scores 18

Sophomore Holly Kersgieter scored a game-high 18 points in a Regional playoff victory over Stillwater.

Sophomore Holly Kersgieter scored a game-high 18 points in a Regional playoff victory over Stillwater.

CPHS 59 SHS 32

1Q Stillwater 13-12
2Q Sand Springs 20-3
3Q Sand Springs 11-6
4Q Sand Springs 16-10

Free Throws: CPHS 11-of-19, SHS 12-of-15.
Field Goals: CPHS 22-of-52, SHS 9-of-39.
Fouls: CPHS 14, SHS 14.

Scoring: (CPHS) Kersgieter 18, Pennington 14, Mutiri 10, Johnson 6, Regalado 6, McGee 2, Solis 2, Collins 1. (SHS) Tuck 10, Lovelace 6, Kloos 4, Spiva 4, Campis 3, Morales 2, Jessell 2, Purdy 1.

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 3, Pennington 3, Johnson 2, Taber 2, Mutiri 1, Solis 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Pennington 6, McGee 6, Regalado 4, Kersgieter 4, Bunch 2, Mutiri 1, Johnson 1, Collins 1, Boaz 1.
Assists: McGee 4, Pennington 3, Kersgieter 1.
Steals: Johnson 3, McGee 2, Regalado 2, Taber 2, Kersgieter 1, Collins 1, Solis 1.
Blocks: Mutiri 4, Kersgieter 1, Pennington 1, Regalado 1. 
Fouls: Johnson 3, Mutiri 2, Regalado 2, Taber 2, Kersgieter 1, Pennington 1, McGee 1, Collins 1, Boaz 1.

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

It was a slow starter Thursday night at Broken Arrow High School, but by the end of the game the No. 3 ranked Charles Page High School girls basketball team (21-1) had rolled to a dominating 59-32 victory over the unranked Stillwater Lady Pioneers (5-19) in the first round of the Regional playoffs. 

Sophomore Holly Kersgieter led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Oklahoma State University softball-signed senior Sydney Pennington with 14 and Ohio State University volleyball-committed junior Gloria Mutiri with 10. Taylor Tuck was the lone Lady Pioneer to break double-digits, scoring 10. 

The Sandites trailed after the first period for only the second time this season. They won the tip off, but missed their first four shots, including two and three point range and the charity stripe.

Senior forward Maggie Campis scored first blood for the Lady Pioneers from three-point range, but the Sandites took the lead with layups from Destiny Johnson and Pennington.

Taylor Tuck tied things up from the free throw line, Kierra McGee retook the lead for Sand Springs, then Stillwater went on a six-point run to retain the lead for the rest of the quarter. Mutiri entered the game towards the end of the period and scored four points from the charity stripe.

The second quarter was a whole different story, however, as the Sandites returned to their usual form and outscored Stillwater 20-3.

Johnson snagged a steal off the opening possession and took it coast to coast for two, then Pennington padded the score with a free throw. Kersgieter scored back-to-back layups, Tuck sank two from the charity stripe, then the power went out. After a brief intermission the Lady Sandites scored thirteen straight to close the half with a 32-16 advantage.

Sand Springs continued their streak with nine more to start the third before Allyson Spiva broke things up with back-to-back layups. By the end of the third the Sandites had pushed their advantage to 43-22.

Mutiri kicked the final stanza off with a layup, followed by a pair of free throws from Kersgieter. Kersgieter scored ten in the fourth quarter, including two threes before being pulled along with most of the starters by mid-period. Stillwater got the opportunity to shore up the gap against the Sandite bench and posted eight-straight before Daniela Solis posted the final points of the evening.

The Lady Sandites will return to action Saturday at 1:30 p.m. when they play the No. 17 Union Redskins (14-10) who defeated No. 15 Broken Arrow (13-11) 45-41 in overtime. Sand Springs has already topped the Redskins once this season by a score of 78-58. Taylor Malham led the Redskins against Broken Arrow with 20 points. Both teams will advance to the Area playoffs next weekend.

Sand Springs wrestling wins Regional Championship, qualifies eleven for State Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Team Scores: 

  1. Sand Springs (268)
  2. Broken Arrow (241.5)
  3. Ponca City (186)
  4. Stillwater (157)
  5. Owasso (126)
  6. Norman North (186)
  7. Sapulpa (86.5)
  8. Jenks (83)
  9. Union (79)
  10. Bixby (53.5)
  11. Bartlesville (53)
  12. Enid (37.5)
  13. Southmoore (37)
  14. Muskogee (31.5)
  15. Booker T. Washington (4)
  16. Capitol Hill (3)

Regional Champions

106 Riley Weir (Sand Springs)
113 Brandon Blose (Sapulpa)
120 Tyler Lawley (Broken Arrow)
126 Spencer Schickram (Ponca City)
132 Daton Fix (Sand Springs)
138 Jack Karstetter (Sand Springs)
145 Kendon Lee (Stillwater)
152 Zeke Rubio (Ponca City)
160 Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow)
170 Christian Bahl (Stillwater)
182 Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow)
195 Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow)
220 Delvin Jordan (Sand Springs)
285 Gage Johnson (Norman North)

The top-ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team won their second-straight 6A-East Regional Championship Saturday evening at the Ed Dubie Field House, qualifying eleven wrestlers for State. This is their third tournament win this season.

The Sandites had a great start to the Regional Friday, sending nine wrestlers to the finals—one more than the previous year. They had a rough time Saturday, however, losing several toss-up matches and crowning only four champions compared to the seven they had last year. Last year they sent only eight wrestlers to State and took third place as a team, so with eleven qualifiers this year they’re in good shape to make a run at their first State Championship since 1971.

The OSSAA State Tournament will held next weekend at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The first rounds will be wrestled Friday at 10:30 a.m., followed by the semifinals and first round of consolations at 5:00 p.m. The consolation semifinals will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m., followed by consolation finals at 12:45 p.m. and finals at 5:45 p.m.

Sophomore Riley Weir (38-6 season, 59-18 career) qualified for State for the second-straight year, winning his bracket at Regionals with four-straight pins. He recorded the fastest pin of his career against Capitol Hill’s Chrisma Collins in only twelve seconds, the pinned Stillwater’s Henry Warren and Broken Arrow’s Jackson Cockrell. In the finals he was pitted against Union sophomore TJ Long. Long was briefly featured in FloWrestling’s top-twenty national rankings earlier this season after winning the Geary Invitational, but the Sandite had little difficulty in securing his nineteenth pin of the season in 4:33. Weir placed third at last year’s Regional but didn’t place at State.

Oklahoma State University-signed senior Daton Fix (44-0, 162-0) had zero difficulty in securing his fourth-straight Regional Championship. He continued his undefeated career with two falls and two technical falls. He pinned Stillwater’s John Ritchey in 2:14 then worked up a 22-7 tech fall against Southmoore’s Joe Reynolds in 2:38. In the semifinals he pinned Owasso’s two-time State Qualifier Baylor Smith in 3:46, then scored another 22-7 tech fall against two-time State Qualifier Sam Avant of Norman North in 3:53. Fix is aiming to be the first four-time State Champion in Sand Springs history.

Senior Jack Karstetter (29-1, 102-16) won his third-straight Regional Championship, qualifying for State for the third time. He pinned Norman North Conner Mares-Ballard in the quarterfinal, then served up an 11-3 major decision against Ponca City senior Dawson Hunt. In the finals he was pitted against three-time State Qualifier Tyler Dieringer of Stillwater. The two were equally matched throughout and neither was able to score a takedown. After neither took a lead through the sudden victory round or the tie breaker period, Karstetter won with an escape in the first ultimate tie-breaker period. He failed to place at State as a sophomore, but came in Runner-Up last year.

Senior Delvin Jordan (42-2, 73-14) won his second-straight Regional Championship, qualifying for State for the third time. He breezed through his first three foes, pinning Booker T. Washington’s Cameron Douglass in 1:22, Enid’s Brock Anderson in 0:42, and Ponca City’s Austin Fry in 2:34. In the finals he took on defending State Champion Skyler Haynes, of Broken Arrow, and prevailed 3-2 in tie-breaker overtime. He was a Regional Runner-Up as a freshman, but didn’t place at State. He missed most of his sophomore year with an injury. Last year he won the Regional Championship by pinning the defending State Champion from Bixby, but was unable to compete at State.

Senior Tanner Ward (32-10, 108-22) qualified for State for the fourth-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He pinned Jenks’s Jared Miller in 1:52 in the quarterfinals and Norman North’s Yves Worou in the semis before falling 11-8 to three-time State Qualifier Brandon Blose, of Sapulpa. A transfer from Berryhill, Ward placed third at 3A State as a freshman and was a State Runner-Up the past two years.

Senior Michael Ritchey (35-10, 64-34) qualified for State for the second-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He pinned Bixby’s Ainslie Lane and Enid’s Hunter McGee in the first two rounds, then prevailed 5-1 over Laif Jones of Bartlesville in the semifinals. In the final round he was pitted against Broken Arrow two-time State Qualifier Tyler Lawley in a rematch of their Dual State bout. The two were perfectly matched throughout and finished the third period without a single point scored. They went through the sudden victory round still neutral, but Lawley got the upper hand in the first tie-breaker period and prevailed by 2-0 decision. Ritchey won Regionals last year but didn’t place at State.

Senior Beau Bratcher (43-6, 134-29) qualified for State for the fourth-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He pinned Bartlesville senior Jeremy Wingate in 0:33 and Sapulpa sophomore Colton Konell in 1:32, then topped Broken Arrow freshman Brady Mattioda 8-1. In the finals he was pitted against three-time State Qualifier and former Louisiana State Champion Kendon Lee of Stillwater. Neither scored a takedown in regulation, but Lee got the upper hand in sudden victory overtime and prevailed 3-1. Bratcher placed third at Regionals as a freshman and took first place the past two years. He failed to place at State the first two years, but was last year’s Runner-Up.

Junior Payton Scott (38-2, 59-10) qualified for State for the second-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He pinned Stillwater’s Parker Nicholas in 0:33, Jenks’s Colt Freeman in 0:55, and Owasso’s Richie Lee in 0:56. In the finals he was pitted against Ezequiel Rubio of Ponca City, but was upset 7-5 in sudden victory overtime. Scott won Regionals as a sophomore and placed fourth at State.

Senior Zane Basma (26-3, 88-28) qualified for State for the third-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He made quick work of his first three opponents, pinning Bixby’s Christian Shubert in 0:49, Owasso’s Brandon Dugan in 1:38, and Union’s Darius Boone in 1:51. In the finals he took on defending State Champion Christian Bahl, of Stillwater. The Pioneer got the upper hand with a 3-0 decision. Basma also placed second at last year’s Regional and placed third at State.

Junior Blake Sargent (37-9, 89-23) qualified for State for the second-straight year, placing third at Regionals. He won his first two matches by fall, pinning Enid’s Logan Herell in 1:23 and Booker T. Washington’s Elijah Harrigan in 1:19, before falling 3-1 in sudden victory overtime to Bixby’s two-time State Qualifier Easton Hudson. In the consolations he defeated Owasso senior Wyatt Johnson by 4-3 decision, then topped Broken Arrow sophomore Blake Gonzalez 7-3. Last year he won his bracket at Regionals and placed third at State.

Sophomore Noah Almy (24-18) qualified for State for the first time, placing fourth at Regionals. He won his first two matches by fall, pinning Bixby’s Owen DeWoody in 0:38 and Bartlesville’s Austin Manley in 2:40. In the quarterfinals he was forced to forfeit to Broken Arrow’s Caleb Wise with a minor injury, but he came back on day two and topped Owasso junior Nolan Miller 12-10 in sudden victory overtime to make the consolation finals. Already guaranteed a spot at State, he forfeited his final match against Stillwater’s Connor Wilcoxen to avoid aggravating his injury.

Sophomore Luke Bratcher (5-4) won his first match by fall, taking down Jenks’s Naimul Islam in 1:49, but suffered a concussion against Broken Arrow’s Gavin Potter and forfeited his remaining match.

Junior Kris Edwards (5-6) fell to Muskogee’s Jacob Wood in 3:57 in his first round match, but rebounded with a pin of Southmoore’s Jose Ruiz in 1:50. He lost his third match in a close 4-3 decision to Sam Smith of Stillwater.

Junior Gage Fain (26-15, 39-37) went the distance in both of his matches, falling 8-6 to Southmoore’s Jordan Reel in sudden victory overtime, and 4-3 to Stillwater’s Aaron Veselak in the tie-breaker period.

Lady Sandite Basketball wins Frontier Valley Conference Championship

Sophomore Holly Kersgieter led all scorers with 17 points Friday night at Bixby. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

Sophomore Holly Kersgieter led all scorers with 17 points Friday night at Bixby. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

CPHS 59 BHS 46

1Q Sand Springs 12-5
2Q Sand Springs 17-9
3Q Sand Springs 17-13
4Q Bixby 19-13

Scoring: (CPHS) Kersgieter 17, Johnson 14, McGee 13, Regalado 9, Pennington 6. (BHS) Tyree 16, Bittle 15, Myles 9, Fuhr 3, King 1, Stout 1, Brown 1.

(CPHS only)
Offensive Rebounds: McGee 3, Kersgieter 2, Pennington 1, Grant 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 3, Pennington 3, Taber 3, Johnson 2, Collins 2, Grant 2, McGee 1.
Steals: Pennington 3, Kersgieter 2, Johnson 2.
Assists: Johnson 3, McGee 3, Pennington 2, Collins 1, Kersgieter 1.
Blocks: Kersgieter 2, Regalado 2, Pennington 1, Johnson 1.
Fouls: Regalado 5, Kersgieter 3, Taber 3, Pennington 2, Johnson 2, Grant 1, Boaz 1.

The No. 3 ranked Charles Page High School girls basketball team (20-1) pulled off a nearly perfect regular season to wrap up their first Frontier Valley Conference Championship in recent memory. Three Lady Sandites doubled in a 59-46 victory at Bixby to clench the title with a 13-1 record. The lone blemish on the girls' season was a 61-57 loss at No. 9 Owasso when starting center Gloria Mutiri was out with an ankle injury. Mutiri was absent from this game as well, playing club volleyball out of town, but it didn't affect the girls this time.

The girls took first place at both the Bishop Kelley Invitational and the Coffeyville Interstate Classic, and earned the right to host a Regional Tournament. Unfortunately the Ed Dubie Field House sustained water damage and the Regional was moved to Broken Arrow. The first game will be played this upcoming Thursday at 8:00 p.m. against Stillwater (5-18).

Sophomore Holly Kersgieter led all scorers Friday night at Bixby with 17 points, followed by Destiny Johnson with 14 and Kierra McGee with 13 for the Sandites. Sarah Tyree was top-dog for the Lady Spartans with 16, closely followed by Maddie Bittle with 15. This was Kersgieter's seventh time leading her team this season.

The visitors got off to a fast start as Johnson scored the opening points with a layup and free throw. Tyree retaliated in similar form to tied it at 3-3, but the Sandites took the lead from there and never looked back. McGee hit a three-pointer, Johnson added back-to-back twos, then Kersgieter scored her first points of the night to make it 12-3. Tyree had the final say of the first quarter with a layup and was the only Lady Spartan to score in the stanza.

Sand Springs doubled down on their host in the second quarter as Kersgieter posted eight points, aided by Johnson with five, McGee with two, and Sydney Pennington with two. Bittle and Dariann Myles both got in on the action for Bixby, but they trailed 29-14 going into halftime.

The third quarter was less of a blowout, though the Sandites did increase their lead to 46-27. The Spartans finally caught a break in the final stretch as Coach Dustin Morrow ran the bench on the Spartans. The home team scored the final eleven points of the game and won the period 19-13.

Frontier Valley Conference Women's Basketball Standings: Week Eleven

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

No. 7 Owasso (14-5 overall, 9-1 conference) took advantage of Gloria Mutiri's brief absence from the Charles Page lineup to knock the formerly undefeated Lady Sandites from the top spot in conference standings. With Owasso's 61-57 victory being the only matchup of the season between the two teams, the Lady Rams can clinch the title by winning their final four games. 

Terryn Milton scored 29 in the win over Sand Springs, 14 in a 56-42 win over Sapulpa, and 23 in a 67-55 win over Muskogee. The Lady Rams hold the No. 3 offense, No. 5 defense, and No. 3 margin of victory in the conference. 

Of their remaining opponents, they've already defeated Bishop Kelley 48-32, Jenks 56-45, and Union 45-42. Their biggest obstacle will be Bartlesville, with whom they've split wins. The Lady Bruins prevailed 52-39 in the season-opener, but Owasso got payback 39-33 at the Bixby Tournament, and is now on an eight-game winning streak.

No. 4 Sand Springs (16-1, 9-1) may still be a top contender for the State Championship, but they'll need a lucky break to take the conference title since their loss to Owasso. They'll have to win out and hope Owasso loses one of their final games. On the plus side, Gloria Mutiri is healthy and back in action.

Sydney Pennington scored 22 in the loss to Owasso, Holly Kersgieter scored 19 in a 71-35 win at Jenks, and Destiny Johnson scored 15 in a 56-33 win over Bishop Kelley. The Sandites hold the No. 1 offense, No. 1 defense, and No. 1 margin of victory in the conference. 

Of their remaining opponents, they have already beaten Broken Arrow 66-45, Bartlesville 51-34, Muskogee 62-43, and Bixby 67-51.

No. 15 Bartlesville (11-7, 7-2) still has an outside shot at the conference title if they win out and if the top two drop a few games here and there. The Lady Bruins are currently on a three-game winning streak. Erin Shoemaker scored 15 in a 56-44 victory over Jenks, Avery Allen and Lauren Richter scored nine apiece in a 38-34 win over Broken Arrow, and Shoemaker posted 20 against Union.

The Bruins hold the No. 5 offense, No. 2 defense, and No. 2 margin of victory in the conference. Of their remaining opponents they've already defeated Bixby 56-27 and split wins with Owasso, prevailing 52-39 in conference play, but falling 39-33 at the Bixby Tournament. They'll need to avenge a 51-34 loss to Sand Springs, and win back-to-back against Sapulpa to finish the regular season.

No. 14 Broken Arrow (11-8, 6-4) can win the title if t hey win out and if Sand Springs and Owasso both lose all their remaining games. Jalise Smallwood has led the team in the last five-straight games, averaging 19-points-per-game as the Tigers defeated Sapulpa 49-46, Muskogee 49-39, and Bixby 56-53, but fell 48-41 to Owasso and 38-34 to Bartlesville.

The Tigers hold the No. 9 offense, No. 3 defense, and No. 5 margin of victory in the conference. Of their remaining opponents, they've already defeated Bishop Kelley 43-37 and split wins with Union. They'll also need to avenge a 66-45 loss to Sand Springs.

No. 16 Union (10-9, 5-5) is technically still in the conversation, but their odds make the Tigers' odds look great. They'll need to win out and they'll need Sand Springs and Owasso to lose out. They'll need Broken Arrow to lose at least one game, and they'll need to beat Owasso by at least four points and Sand Springs by at least 21 points. 

Taylor Malham led the Redskins to a 41-37 victory over Bixby with 22 points, but they fell 50-43 to Bartlesville, 55-45 to Sapulpa, and 79-58 to Sand Springs. The Redskins hold the No. 4 offense, No. 4 defense, and No. 4 margin of victory in the conference. 

Of their remaining opponents, they've already defeated Jenks 61-34 and Bishop Kelley 62-39, and split wins with Broken Arrow. They were defeated 45-42 by Owasso.

No. 19 Sapulpa (8-10, 4-5) defeated Union 55-45 behind 18 points from Kiarra Brooks and topped Jenks 46-40 thanks to 17 points from Michaela Bethel. They fell 56-42 to Owasso, however, effectively ending their shot at a conference title. The Chieftains hold the No. 6 offense, No. 9 defense, and No. 7 margin of victory in the conference. 

Jenks (5-13, 3-7) has lost their last three-straight, falling 56-44 to Bartlesville, 71-35 to Sand Springs, and 46-40 to Sapulpa, effectively ending their shot at a title. Makenley Church scored 15 against the Bruins, Emma Wasson posted 12 against Sand Springs, and Makenna Burch scored 16 against Sapulpa. The Trojans hold the No. 6 offense, No. 10 defense, and No. 10 margin of victory in the conference. 

Muskogee (7-10, 3-7) fell 49-39 to Broken Arrow and 67-55 to Owasso, but topped Bishop Kelley 45-37. Trena Mims led in all three games, averaging 22 points per game. The Roughers hold the No. 2 offense, No. 8 defense, and No. 6 margin of victory in the conference. 

5A No. 16 Bishop Kelley (6-10, 2-8) fell 56-33 to Sand Springs and 45-37 to Muskogee this past week. The Comets hold the No. 10 offense, No. 6 defense, and No. 9 margin of victory in the conference.

Bixby (6-13, 1-9) has dropped three straight, falling 42-31 to Bishop Kelley, 41-37 to Union, and 56-53 to Broken Arrow. Maddie Bittle led in all three games, averaging 13.6 points. The Lady Spartans hold the No. 8 offense, No. 7 defense, and No. 8 margin of victory.

Remaining Conference Schedule

2/6 Muskogee @ Bixby
2/7 Sand Springs @ Broken Arrow
2/7 Bartlesville @ Owasso
2/7 Bishop Kelley @ Sapulpa
2/7 Jenks @ Union
2/10 Union @ Broken Arrow
2/10 Bartlesville @ Sand Springs
2/10 Jenks @ Bixby
2/10 Owasso @ Bishop Kelley
2/10 Sapulpa @ Muskogee
2/14 Sapulpa @ Broken Arrow
2/14 Bixby @ Bartlesville
2/14 Union @ Bishop Kelley
2/14 Owasso @ Jenks
2/17 Bishop Kelley @ Broken Arrow
2/17 Bartlesville @ Sapulpa
2/17 Sand Springs @ Bixby
2/17 Jenks @ Muskogee
2/17 Union @ Owasso
2/20 Sapulpa @ Bartlesville

Conference Strength:

  1. Central Oklahoma (50)
  2. Frontier Valley (39)
  3. Big Ten (37.5)
  4. Green Country (26.5)
  5. All-City (10.45)

FVC Leading Scorers
(points-per-game)

  1. Trena Mims (Muskogee) 19.6
  2. Terryn Milton (Owasso) 16.0
  3. Jalise Smallwood (Broken Arrow) 15.4
  4. Taylor Malham (Union) 15.3
  5. Maddie Bittle (Bixby) 14.7
  6. Jena Williams (Bartlesville) 11.9
  7. Sydney Pennington (Sand Springs) 11.9
  8. Haley Meely (Jenks) 11.4
  9. Macy Craig (Bishop Kelley) 10.5
  10. Gloria Mutiri (Sand Springs) 10.2

 

No. 4 Sand Springs hammers 5A No. 16 Bishop Kelley 56-33, Johnson scores 15

(Photo: Morgan Miller)

(Photo: Morgan Miller)

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No. 4 ranked Charles Page High School girls basketball team (16-1) rolled to a convincing 56-33 home victory over 5A No. 16 Bishop Kelley (6-11) Friday night at the Ed Dubie Field House, taking a 30-6 halftime lead and holding the Lady Comets to nothing but free throws in the first half. Ohio State Volleyball-commit Gloria Mutiri made her return after missing two games with a sprained ankle and scored 4.

CPHS 56 Bishop Kelley 33

1Q Sand Springs 18-4
2Q Sand Springs 12-2
3Q All 13-13
4Q Bishop Kelley 14-13

Scoring: (Sand Springs) Johnson 15, Regalado 10, Kersgieter 7, McGee 7, Taber 4, Pennington 4, Mutiri 4, Collins 3, Grant 2. (Kelley) Martin 13, Craig 6, Cyr 6, Ritchie 4, Gripado 4. 

Free Throws: CPHS 17-of-28 Kelley 14-of-21
Field Goals: CPHS 18-of-48 Kelley 8-of-30
Fouls: CPHS 19 Kelley 18

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 3, Regalado 3, Pennington 2, Johnson 2, Taber 2, Grant 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Mutiri 4, Johnson 3, Pennington 2, McGee 2, Kersgieter 1, Regalado 1, Boaz 1.
Steals: Pennington 5, Kersgieter 3, Regalado 3, Taber 2, Johnson 1, McGee 1.
Assists: Kersgieter 3, McGee 2, Pennington 2, Collins 1.
Blocks: Kersgieter 1, Regalado 1.
Fouls: Taber 5, Pennington 3, Johnson 3, McGee 3, Bunch 2, Kersgieter 1, Regalado 1.

Sophomores Isabella Regalado and Destiny Johnson scored the first points of the game for a 4-0 lead before giving up a pair of free throws to Michaela Martin. Holly Kersgieter added one from the charity stripe for Sand Springs, then Macy Craig added two more for the Comets to make it 5-4. That was the closest they would get for the rest of the night.

Sand Springs went on an eighteen-point run from there and Johnson finished the first quarter with ten points for a 18-4 lead. Regalado kicked off the second quarter and Connors State Softball-signed senior Jessica Collins posted another two before Kelley got back into the game with another pair of free throws from Martin. Johnson hit a two and a free throw, then Mutiri scored four-straight to end the half.

The second half was far more balanced as the two teams each scored thirteen in the third quarter and Bishop Kelley actually won the fourth quarter 14-13 against the Sandite second-string.

Johnson led all scorers with fifteen points, followed by Martin with thirteen for the Comets. Regalado also broke double digits with ten.

The Lady Sandites will return to action next Tuesday at No. 14 Broken Arrow (10-8), who they already defeated 66-45 earlier this season. The Comets will travel to No. 19 Sapulpa (7-10) who they defeated 51-44 earlier this season. 

Oklahoma Girls High School Basketball: Week Eleven Rankings and Predictions

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

A Titan has fallen as No. 9 Owasso toppled No. 3 Sand Springs in the Lady Sandites' first loss of the season. It wasn't much of a dip for the Sandites, however, as they were without one of their biggest threats, and their 14-1 record is still the fourth-best in the division. Edmond Santa Fe is now the only team remaining in Class 6A with an undefeated overall record. Choctaw, Deer Creek, and Putnam City West are all still undefeated within the class, but have losses to teams from other divisions.

No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (Last week No. 1)

Edmond Santa Fe (17-0) picked up 26 first-place votes after picking up a pair of ranked wins last week. They topped No. 11 Norman (12-5) 58-51 and No. 17 Edmond North (9-7) 56-43. The Wolves hold the No. 7 offense, No. 3 defense, and No. 5 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will return to action Tuesday at Stillwater (4-13), then will travel to to No. 12 Mustang (10-6) Friday.

The picks:
ESF 58 Stillwater 40
ESF 52 Mustang 44

No. 2 Choctaw (2)

Choctaw (15-1) pulled in five first-place votes after picking up three-straight 30-point victories. They defeated No. 12 Midwest City (12-7) 55-25, Lawton (4-9) 71-34, and Putnam City North (2-15) 61-19. The Yellowjackets hold the No. 1 offense, No. 1 defense, and No. 1 margin of victory in Class 6A. Their only loss this season was 52-45 to 4A No. 1 Fort Gibson (17-0). They will return to action Tuesday at Eisenhower (3-11), then will host 5A No. 17 Bishop McGuinness (9-7) Saturday. 

The picks: 
Choctaw 70 Ike 37
Choctaw 67 McG 38

No. 3 Deer Creek (4)

Deer Creek (15-1) played only one game last week and hammered Southmoore (3-15) 79-48. The Antlers hold the No. 6 offense, No. 8 defense, and No. 6 margin of victory in Class 6A. Their only loss this season was 40-24 to 5A No. 1 Collinsville (16-1). They will return to action Tuesday when they host Moore (8-9), then they'll travel to No. 8 Edmond Memorial (12-5) Friday. 

The picks: 
DC 53 Moore 44
DC 51 EDM 44

No. 4 Sand Springs (3)

Sand Springs (14-1) failed to secure a first-place vote for the first time in six weeks after a surprising 61-57 upset to No. 9 Owasso (12-5). They were without 6'1" Ohio State volleyball-committed center and her 10.6 points per game were sorely missed. Oklahoma State softball-commit Sydney Pennington led her team with 22, while sophomores Isabella Regalado and Destiny Johnson each added 11. Earlier in the week they defeated No. 13 Union (9-8) 78-58, led by Johnson and Holly Kersgieter with 17 apiece. 

The Sandites hold the No. 3 offense, No. 4 defense, and No. 2 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will return to action Tuesday at Jenks (5-11), then will host 5A No. 16 Bishop Kelley (6-9) on Friday. 

The picks:
CPHS 59 Jenks 42
CPHS 63 BK 39

No. 5 Putnam City West (5)

Putnam City West (15-2) played only one game last week and prevailed 53-22 over Putnam City North (2-15). The Patriots hold the No. 2 offense, No. 13 defense, and No. 4 margin of victory in Class 6A. Their only losses are 47-51 to Campbell County, Wyoming and 59-49 to 3A No. 3 Holland Hall (17-1). They will host Putnam City (8-10) Tuesday and 5A No. 13 Del City (7-12) Friday. 

The picks:
PCW 63 Putnam 50
PCW 60 DC 48

No. 6 Booker T. Washington (6)

Booker T. Washington (15-4) ravaged Daniel Webster (2-16) last week 86-20. The Hornets hold the No. 5 offense, No. 2 defense, and No. 3 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will host Edison Prep (7-9) Friday.

The pick: BTW 65 Edison 38.

No. 7 Owasso (9)

Owasso (12-5) had the biggest win of the week when they topped undefeated No. 3 Sand Springs (14-1) 61-57. Terryn Milton led all scorers with 29 points, aided by Mya Bhinhar and Sierra Williams with 11 each and Leiloni Culley with 10. The two teams will not meet again this season, meaning the Lady Rams can secure the Frontier Valley Conference title if they win out. They also topped No. 14 Broken Arrow (10-7) 48-41.

The Rams hold the No. 18 offense, No. 19 defense, and No. 19 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will travel to No. 19 Sapulpa (7-9) on Tuesday and will host Muskogee (6-9) Friday. 

The picks: 
Owasso 50 Sapulpa 47
Owasso 49 Muskogee 48

No. 8 Edmond Memorial (10)

Edmond Memorial (12-5) picked up a solid 53-44 upset of No. 7 Norman North (9-5) last week and moved up a few spots in the rankings. The Bulldogs hold the No. 10 defense and No. 18 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will travel to No. 11 Norman (12-5) Tuesday and will host No. 3 Deer Creek (15-1) Friday. 

The pick: Norman 47 EDM 44

No. 9 Norman North (7)

Norman North (9-5) suffered a 53-44 upset to No. 10 Edmond Memorial (12-5) last week. They will travel to unranked Southmoore (3-15) Tuesday, No. 12 Mustang (10-6) Thursday, and No. 11 Norman (12-5) Friday. The Timberwolves hold the No. 10 offense, No. 12 defense, and No. 9 margin of victory in Class 6A.

The picks:
Norman North 53 Southmoore 41
Norman North 49 Mustang 47
Norman 49 Norman North 48

No. 10 Westmoore (8)

Westmoore (13-5) had a five-game winning streak come to an end last week, 62-34 at the hands of No. 15 Mustang (10-6). The Jags hold the No. 4 offense, No. 16 defense, and No. 7 margin of victory in Class 6A. They'll will look to get back into the win column Tuesday when they host No. 17 Edmond North (9-7). They will also travel to No. 18 Yukon (11-5) Friday.

The picks: 
Westmoore 53 EDN 49
Westmoore 53 Yukon 48

No. 11 Norman (11)

Norman (12-5) split wins last week, falling 58-51 to No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (17-0), but topped No. 19 Moore (8-9) 50-37. The Tigers hold the No. 12 offense, No. 9 defense, and No. 10 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will host No. 8 Edmond Memorial (12-5) and No. 9 Norman North (9-5) Friday.

No. 12 Mustang (15)

Mustang (10-6) is coming off a big week, hammering No. 19 Moore (8-9) 61-44 and upsetting No. 8 Westmoore (13-5) 62-34. The Broncos hold the No. 15 offense, No. 16 defense, and No. 15 margin of victory in Class  6A. They will travel to No. 19 Yukon (11-5) Tuesday, and will host No. 9 Norman North (9-5) Thursday and No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (17-0) Friday.

The pick: Yukon 47 Mustang 46.

No. 13 Midwest City (12)

Midwest City (12-7) got hammered 55-25 by No. 2 Choctaw (15-1) last Tuesday, but rebounded with a 59-25 beating of Enid (6-12) and a 65-52 victory over 5A No. 14 Del City (7-12). The Lady Bombers hold the No. 20 offense, No. 11 defense, and No. 16 margin of victory in Class 6A. They should have a fairly easy week to get back in the win column Tuesday evening at Lawton (4-9). 

The pick: MWC 60 Lawton 40

No. 14 Broken Arrow (14)

Broken Arrow (10-7) split wins last week, falling 48-41 to No. 9 Owasso (12-5), but topping Muskogee (6-9) 49-39. Jalise Smallwood scored 19 in the loss to Owasso and 18 against Muskogee. The Tigers hold the No. 7 defense and No. 2 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will travel to No. 15 Bartlesville (9-7) on Tuesday and Bixby (6-11) Friday. 

The picks: 
BA 46 Bartlesville 44
BA 44 Bixby 41

No. 15 Bartlesville (16)

Bartlesville (9-7) split wins last week, falling 53-52 to unranked Muskogee (6-9), but topped Jenks (5-11) 56-44. Three Lady Bruins doubled against Jenks. Erin Shoemaker led with 15, followed by Avery Allen and Jena Williams with 13 apiece. Bartlesville holds the No. 19 offense, No. 5 defense, and No. 12 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will host No. 14 Broken Arrow (10-7) Tuesday and No. 16 Union (9-8) Friday.

The pick: Bartlesville 48 Union 45

No. 16 Union (13)

Union (9-8) took a hit last week, falling 78-58 to No. 3 Sand Springs (14-1) and 55-45 to No. 19 Sapulpa (7-9). The Redskins hold the No. 14 offense and No. 17 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will host Bixby (6-11) Tuesday and will travel to No. 15 Bartlesville (9-7) Friday.

The pick: Union 50 Bixby 45

No. 17 Edmond North (17)

Edmond North (9-7) played only one game last week and put up a valiant effort but fell 56-43 to No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (17-0). The Huskies hold the No. 13 offense, No. 14 defense, and No. 11 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will return to action Tuesday at No. 10 Westmoore (13-5), then will host Stillwater (4-13) Friday.

The pick: EDN 51 Stillwater 42.

No. 18 Yukon (18)

Yukon (11-5) had an easy enough time last week, rolling to a 49-33 victory over Stillwater (4-13). This week they'll host No. 12 Mustang (10-6) Tuesday and No. 10 Westmoore (13-5) Friday. The Millerettes hold the No. 16 offense, No. 15 defense, and No. 14 margin of victory in Class 6A.

No. 19 Sapulpa (20)

Sapulpa (7-9) has been struggling with consistency this season and dropped a 41-32 upset to unranked Bixby (6-11), but got back on track with a 55-45 victory upset No. 13 Union (9-8). They will host No. 7 Owasso (12-5) Tuesday.

No. 20 Moore (19)

Moore (8-9) had a rough time last week, falling 61-44 to No. 15 Mustang (10-6) and 50-37 to No. 11 Norman (12-5). The Lionesses hold the No. 20 defense in Class 6A and will return to action Tuesday at No. 3 Deer Creek (15-1) before hosting Southmoore (3-15) Friday. 

The pick: Moore 49 Southmoore 43. 

Conference Strength

  1. Central Oklahoma (50)
  2. Frontier Valley Conference (39)
  3. Big Ten (37.5)
  4. Green Country (26.5)
  5. All-City (10.45)

Sydney Pennington scores 22 as No. 3 Lady Sandites fall 61-57 to No. 9 Owasso

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No. 3 ranked Charles Page High School girls basketball team (14-1) traveled to No. 9 Owasso (12-5) Friday night in a battle for the top spot in the Frontier Valley Conference, and the home team toppled the previously undefeated Lady Sandites 61-57 in a down-to-the-wire shootout.

Owasso 61 CPHS 57

1Q CPHS 18-11
2Q Owasso 17-8
3Q Owasso 14-12
4Q All 19-19

Scoring: (Sand Springs) Pennington 22, Regalado 11, Johnson 11, Kersgieter 8, McGee 5. (Owasso) Milton 29, Bhinhar 11, Williams 11, Culley 10.

Free Throws:
(Sand Springs) 13-of-17
(Owasso) 15-of-18
2PTs:
(Sand Springs) 17-of-30
(Owasso) 17-of-34
3PTs:
(Sand Springs) 3-of-16
(Owasso) 4-of-11
Fouls: (Sand Springs) 14 (Owasso) 14

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Pennington 2, Regalado 2, Johnson 1, Kersgieter 1.
Defensive Rebounds: McGee 8, Pennington 4, Regalado 3, Taber 2, Johnson 1, Kersgieter 1.
Steals: Johnson 2, Kersgieter 2, Pennington 1, Regalado 1.
Assists: McGee 2, Kersgieter 2, Pennington 1.
Blocks: Regalado 1.
Fouls: McGee 4, Johnson 4, Kersgieter 3, Pennington 2, Regalado 1.

The Sandites were lacking starting junior Gloria Mutiri, sitting out with a sprained ankle, and it showed. The Ohio State University-committed volleyballer averages 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The 6'1" center was replaced by 5'9" sophomore Isabella Regalado. Regalado pulled in 5 rebounds for the night, but her size left her with only one block, while Mutiri is notorious for spiking several throughout the night. 

Sand Springs rolled to an 18-11 first period lead with Sydney Pennington scoring 6 to lead all scorers.

The second period was an entirely different story, however, as the Rams came from behind for a 28-26 lead, guided by Terryn Milton with ten points. Sand Springs gave up three free throws to Milton early in the period and she didn't miss a shot. Owasso benefited from a pair of late turnovers for three-straight field goals from Milton, Mya Bhinhar, and Sierra Williams.

The Lady Sandites average a 24-17 halftime lead and hadn't trailed all season till that point.

Things didn't start out much better in the second half as Leiloni Culley scored the opening basket and built a 34-28 lead with a pair of free throws. It was back and forth from there, but Williams ended the period with a layup for a 42-38 advantage.

Kierra McGee hit a three point basket to start the final stanza. Bhinhar hit a pair from the charity stripe, Regalado did the same, then Pennington hit a layup for the 45-44 lead.

Culley took the lead right back, however, and the Rams wouldn't relinquish it till there was less than thirty seconds left. Pennington was a beast for the Lady Sandites in the fourth quarter with twelve points, the most scored by any player on either team in a single period. 

The last two minutes felt like a whole quarter. Milton hit a pair of ones to make it 57-53. Pennington added a pair of her own. The teams exchanged steals, then Owasso burned a timeout with 47 seconds left. A traveling call gave Sand Springs the ball. Destiny Johnson took the first shot, missed, Pennington rebounded, missed, rebounded again and sent it home to tie it up with 30 seconds remaining.

Then Johnson fouled Milton. The Lady Ram hit a pair with 22 seconds left, then Nylia Finch picked off a steal to seal the deal. Culley put the final points on the board and the Rams had toppled a giant.

Both teams are now 7-1 in conference standings.

The Lady Sandites will return to action next Tuesday at Jenks (5-10), then will host 5A No. 17 Bishop Kelley (5-9) that Friday. Owasso will travel to No. 19 Sapulpa (6-8) next Tuesday and will host Muskogee (6-8) next Friday.

No. 3 Lady Sandites throttle Union 78-58, Kersgieter and Johnson score 17 apiece

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

CPHS 78 Union 58

1Q CPHS 28-13
2Q CPHS 19-14
3Q CPHS 23-10
4Q Union 21-8

Scoring: (Sand Springs) Kersgieter 17, Johnson 17, Pennington 14, Mutiri 13, McGee 7, Regalado 7, Collins 2, Taber 1. (Union) Malham 14, Thomas 8, Knapp 7, Choice 5, Moyer 5, Miller 4, Collins 4, Benson 4, Majidi 3, Burgess 2, Banks 1, Carr 1.

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Mutiri 4, Johnson 2, Kersgieter 1, Regalado 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Mutiri 5, Kersgieter 4, Johnson 3, Taber 3, Pennington 1, McGee 1, Regalado 1, Grant 1, Solis 1. 
Steals: Pennington 3, Kersgieter 3, Mutiri 2, Taber 2, Johnson 1, McGee 1, Collins 1, Solis 1.
Assists: Kersgieter 5, Taber 2, Pennington 1, Johnson 1, McGee 1.
Blocks: Mutiri 1, Kersgieter 1, Johnson 1.
Fouls: Kersgieter 3, Johnson 3, Pennington 2, McGee 2, Regalado 2, Taber 2, Mutiri 1, Collins 1.

The No. 3 ranked Charles Page High School girls basketball team (14-0) continued their incredible season with a 78-58 victory over the No. 13 Union Redskins (9-6) Tuesday evening at the Ed Dubie Field-house. The Lady Sandites are one of only two undefeated teams left in Class 6A and they don't show any signs of dropping a game any time soon. The girls led by as much as 35-points before running the bench in the final stanza. Head Coach Dustin Morrow didn't play a single starter for the final six minutes and still rolled to a double-digit victory.

The Lady Sandites missed their first couple of shots and let Sadie Moyer draw first blood with a three-point field goal, but then they opened the floodgates. Gloria Mutiri and Sydney Pennington both posted two and Destiny Johnson scored five to make it 9-3 before DeAsia Thomas hit two from the charity stripe. From there the Sandites went on yet another nine-point run with three-straight goals by Kierra McGee before Thomas broke it up with a two to make it 18-7.

Holly Kersgieter scored five and Isabella Regalado sank her first three-pointer of the night to make it 27-9 before letting the Redskins back into contention. Union scored six-straight, but Mutiri got in the last word, 28-13. The second quarter was a tad closer, though still in the Sandites' favor and the home team carried a 47-27 advantage into half time, led by Kersgieter with 12 points and 7 assists and Mutiri with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Johnson stole the show in the third quarter, scoring eight points in the first two minutes. Mutiri scored another basket but left the game with a hurt ankle three minutes into the half. By the end of the third quarter the Sandites were up 70-37. Johnson added two more baskets early in the fourth quarter, but by the 6:00 minute mark the last of the starters were retired for the evening. The Redskins won the fourth quarter 21-8, but were too far gone to make a comeback. 

Kersgieter and Johnson led all scorers with 17 points apiece, followed by Pennington with 14 and Taylor Malham with 14 for the Redskins. Eight Sandites got in the scorebook and twelve saw action, while twelve players posted points for the Redskins. Sand Springs will return to action Friday night at No. 9 Owasso (11-5), who just topped No. 14 Broken Arrow (9-7) 48-41 tonight. Union will host No. 19 Sapulpa (6-9) Friday night. 

Oklahoma Girls High School Basketball: Week Ten Rankings and Predictions

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The official week-ten rankings have been released by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association and there's still three teams vying for the top spot. Three teams received first-place votes, two are undefeated overall, and five are undefeated in Class 6A. Last week we were 15-3 with our picks and sit at 82% this season.

No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (Previously No. 1)

Edmond Santa Fe (15-0) retained the top spot for the third-straight week and received their highest number of first-place votes to-date, with 26. The Wolves went undefeated at the John Nobles Tournament this weekend, defeating Southmoore (3-13) 59-28, No. 20 Ponca City (7-5) 64-47, and No. 6 Norman North (9-4) 55-42. 

Santa Fe holds the No. 6 offense, No. 3 defense, and No. 3 margin of victory in Class 6A and will return to action Tuesday when they host No. 11 Norman (11-4) and Thursday when they host No. 17 Edmond North (9-6).

The picks:
ESF 50 Norman 44.
ESF 50 EDN 44.

No. 2 Choctaw (2)

Choctaw (12-1) is still undefeated in Class 6A and pulled in four first-place votes after hammering Putnam City (7-9) 71-43. The Yellowjackets hold the No. 1 offense, No. 2 defense, and No. 1 margin of victory in 6A and will play three games this week. They will host No. 12 Midwest City (10-6) Tuesday and Lawton (3-8) Thursday, then will travel to Putnam City North (2-13) on Friday.

The picks:
Choctaw 54 MWC 41
Choctaw 70 Lawton 40
Choctaw 62 PCN 39

No. 3 Sand Springs (3)

Charles Page High School (13-0) pulled in a first-place vote for the sixth-straight week after going undefeated at the Coffeyville Interstate Classic. Kierra McGee led with 12 in a 67-15 win over Field Kindley and 14 in a 68-21 victory over Nathan Hale, while Destiny Johnson topped the team with 16 in the 53-39 Championship victory over Life Prep Academy. 

The Lady Sandites hold the No. 4 offense, No. 1 defense, and No. 2 margin of victory in 6A and will host No. 13 Union (9-5) Tuesday before traveling to No. 9 Owasso (10-5) on Friday. 

The picks:
CPHS 54 Union 44
CPHS 54 Owasso 42

No. 4 Deer Creek (5)

Deer Creek (14-1) is still undefeated in Class 6A and swept their home tournament this past weekend. They defeated No. 6 Norman North (9-4) 44-41 earlier in the week, then topped Putnam City North (2-13) 73-33, Putnam City (7-9) 56-52, and No. 14 Mustang (8-6) 70-48 at the Bruce Gray Invitational. 

The Antlers hold the No. 7 offense, No. 8 defense, and No. 7 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will travel to Southmoore this Friday. 

The pick: DC 54 Southmoore 40

No. 5 Putnam City West (4)

Putnam City West (14-2) is still undefeated in Class 6A, but suffered their second loss of the season at the Jenks/Union Invitational this weekend. Earlier in the week they topped No. 12 Midwest City (10-6), then they overcame Jenks (3-10) 62-52 before falling 59-49 to 3A No. 3 Holland Hall (16-0). In the consolation finals they topped the OKC Storm 62-46. Ce'Nara Skanes led the Patriots throughout the week with an average of 22 points per game.

The Lady Pats hold the No. 2 offense, No. 16 defense, and No. 4 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will travel to Putnam City North (2-13) this Friday. 

The pick: PCW 80 PCN 43

No. 6 Booker T. Washington (7)

Booker T. Washington (13-4) came in runner-up this weekend at the Union/Jenks Tournament, defeating No. 15 Broken Arrow (9-6) 33-29 and the OKC Storm 59-30 before falling 50-38 to 3A No. 3 Holland Hall (16-0). 

The Hornets hold the No. 5 offense, No. 4 defense, and No. 5 margin of victory in Class 6A and will host Daniel Webster (2-13) this Friday.

The pick: BTW 75 Webster 21.

No. 7 Norman North (6)

Norman North (9-4) fell 44-41 to No. 5 Deer Creek (14-1) and came in runner-up at the John Nobles Tournament, topping Lawton (3-8) 63-23 and Moore (8-7) 58-54, but falling 55-42 to No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (15-0). The Timberwolves hold the No. 10 offense, No. 10 defense, and No. 9 margin of victory in Class 6A and will travel to No. 10 Edmond Memorial (11-5) Friday and No. 18 Yukon (10-5) Saturday.

The picks:
NN 48 EDM 44
NN 50 Yukon 47

No. 8 Westmoore (9)

Westmoore (13-4) went undefeated last week with several quality wins. They defeated Stillwater (4-12) 62-39, then won the Carl Albert Titan Classic. They topped 5A No. 11 host Carl Albert (9-6) 86-42, 5A No. 14 Del City (6-10) 73-56, and No. 12 Midwest City (10-6) 51-39.

The Jaguars hold the No. 3 offense, No. 14 defense, and No. 6 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will host No. 15 Mustang (8-6) Friday.

The pick: Westmoore 55 Mustang 46

No. 9 Owasso (10)

Owasso (10-5) picked up a 51-43 victory over Bixby (4-10) last week, led by Terryn Milton with 22 points. The Rams hold the No. 18 offense and No. 19 margin of victory in Class 6A and will host No. 14 Broken Arrow (9-6) Tuesday and No. 3 Sand Springs (13-0) Friday. 

The pick: Owasso 44 Broken Arrow 43.

No. 10 Edmond Memorial (11)

Edmond Memorial (11-5) topped Moore (8-7) 52-48 last week before competing in the Bruce Grey Tournament at Deer Creek. They topped the Deer Creek JV 39-24, fell 48-37 to No. 14 Mustang (8-6), then topped Putnam City (7-9) 56-37. 

The Bulldogs hold the No. 11 defense and No. 18 margin of victory in Class 6A and will host No. 7 Norman North (9-4) on Friday.

No. 11 Norman (8)

Norman (11-4) split wins last week, topping Southmoore (3-13) 57-38 and 5A No. 14 Del City (6-10) 38-33, but falling 36-35 to No. 12 Midwest City (10-6) and 54-50 to 5A No. 11 Carl Albert (9-6) in overtime. Bethany Franks led the Tigers against Carl Albert with 19 points.

The Tigers hold the No. 12 offense, No. 9 defense, and No. 10 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will return to action Tuesday when they travel to No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (15-0) and No. 19 Moore (8-7) on Friday.

The pick: Norman 49 Moore 44.

No. 12 Midwest City (12)

Midwest City (10-6) split wins last week, topping Millwood (9-7) 41-38 and No. 8 Norman (11-4) 36-35, but falling 52-40 to No. 4 Putnam City West (14-2) and 51-39 to No. 9 Westmoore (13-4). The Bombers hold the No. 13 defense and No. 16 margin of victory in Class 6A and will travel to No. 2 Choctaw (12-1) Tuesday and will host Enid (5-10) Friday and 5A No. 14 Del City (6-10) Saturday. 

The picks:
MWC 55 Enid 25.
MWC 50 Del City 43.

No. 13 Union (13)

Union (9-5) topped Muskogee (5-8) 57-45 early last week, but had a rough time at their home tournament. They fell 53-49 to OKC Storm, and 39-32 to No. 15 Broken Arrow (9-6) before overcoming Jenks (3-10) 55-42. Taylor Malham averaged 16 points per game and posted 28 against Muskogee.

The Redskins hold the No. 14 offense, No. 20 defense, and No. 14 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will travel to No. 3 Sand Springs (13-0)  and will host No. 19 Sapulpa (6-8) Friday. 

The pick: Union 52 Sapulpa 46.

No. 14 Broken Arrow (15)

Broken Arrow (9-6) topped three conference foes last week. They defeated Jenks (3-10) 45-34, then competed at the Union/Jenks Tournament where they fell 33-29 to No. 7 Booker T. Washington (13-4) but topped No. 13 Union (9-5) 39-32 and No. 19 Sapulpa (6-8) 49-46. Jalise Smallwood averaged 11 points per game including 22 against Jenks.

The Tigers hold the No. 6 defense in Class 6A and will travel to No. 9 Owasso (10-5) Tuesday before hosting Muskogee (5-8) on Friday. 

The pick: Broken Arrow 49 Muskogee 48.

No. 15 Mustang (14)

Mustang (8-6) topped No. 18 Edmond North (9-6) 55-52 earlier in the week, then came in second at the Deer Creek Tournament. They defeated 5A No. 20 Bishop McGuinness (8-6) 63-41 and No. 11 Edmond Memorial (11-5) 48-37 but fell 70-48 to the host team.

The Broncos hold the No. 17 offense, No. 18 defense, and No. 15 margin of victory in Class 6A. They will return to action Tuesday at No. 19 Moore (8-7), then will travel to No. 8 Westmoore (13-4) on Friday. 

The pick: Mustang 47 Moore 46.

No. 16 Bartlesville (16)

Bartlesville (8-6) topped 5A No. 15 Bishop Kelley (5-8) 52-22 and took second in the Fort Gibson Tournament. They defeated Okay (13-7) 58-15 and 4A No. 5 Broken Bow (11-4) 47-43 before falling 43-29 to 4A No. 1 Ft. Gibson (14-0). Jena Williams averaged 14 points per game and Lauren Richter had 11.

The Bruins hold the No. 5 defense and No. 12 margin of victory in Class 6A and will travel to Muskogee (5-8) Tuesday before hosting Jenks (3-10) on Friday.

The picks:
Bartlesville 48 Muskogee 44.
Bartlesville 52 Jenks 41.

No. 17 Edmond North (18)

Edmond North (9-6) fell 55-52 to No. 14 Mustang (8-6) last week, but swept the NEO Tournament. They blew out Miami (1-11) 80-28, topped 4A No. 11 Roland (13-3) 49-37, and edged out Coweta (6-9) 45-44. 

The Huskies hold the No. 11 offense, No. 12 defense, and No. 11 margin of victory in 6A. They will travel to No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (15-0) Friday. 

No. 18 Yukon (17)

Yukon (10-5) fell 59-32 to No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (15-0) early last week, but swept the Jones Tournament. They topped John Marshall (5-9) 68-45, Bethel (8-8) 62-34, and 3A No. 17 Jones (10-2) 47-42. 

The Millerettes hold the No. 16 offense, No. 17 defense, and No. 15 margin of victory in 6A and will host Stillwater (4-12) Friday.

The pick: Yukon 59 Stillwater 43.

No. 19 (tied) Moore (unranked)

Moore (8-7) fell 52-48 to No. 11 Edmond Memorial (11-5) and 58-53 to No. 6 Norman North (9-4), but topped Durant (4-10) 56-37 and No. 20 Ponca City (7-5) 52-51. The Lions hold the No. 20 offense and No. 19 defense in 6A and will host No. 15 Mustang (8-6) Tuesday and No. 11 Norman (11-4) Friday. 

No. 19 (tied) Sapulpa (19)

Sapulpa (6-8) had a rough go over the last week, falling 61-36 to No. 3 Sand Springs (13-0), 55-44 to 3A No. 3 Holland Hall (16-0), and 49-46 to No. 15 Broken Arrow (9-6), but picked up a 64-50 win over Jenks (3-10). Kiarra Brooks averaged 11 points per game, followed by Taylor Dement and Ray Osborn with 9 apiece.

The Chieftains hold the No. 19 offense in 6A and will host Bixby (4-10) Tuesday before traveling to No. 13 Union (9-5) Friday. 

Dropped Out: Ponca City (20)

Lady Sandites win Highway 97 rivalry 61-36 over No. 19 Sapulpa; Johnson scores 20

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

CPHS 61 Sapulpa 36

1Q Sand Springs 18-5
2Q Sand Springs 14-5
3Q Sand Springs 19-3
4Q Sapulpa 23-10

Fouls: Sand Springs 16, Sapulpa, 11.
Free Throws: Sand Springs 4-of-9, Sapulpa 8-of-21.

Scoring: (Sand Springs) Johnson 20, Mutiri 14, McGee 9, Pennington 8, Taber 6, Kersgieter 4. (Sapulpa) Bethel 10, Dement 9, Brooks 9, Osborn 4, Belveal 2, Hall 2.

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Johnson 3, Mutiri 3, Pennington 2, Kersgieter 2, McGee 1, Regalado 1, Taber 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Mutiri 11, Pennington 6, Kersgieter 4, McGee 3, Regalado 3, Boaz 1.
Steals: Pennington 4, Kersgieter 1, Regalado 1.
Assists: Johnson 3, McGee 3, Kersgieter 2, Pennington 1, Taber 1.
Blocks: Johnson 2, Mutiri 2.
Fouls: Regalado 5, Kersgieter 3, Mutiri 2, Taber 2, Grant 2, Pennington 1, Boaz 1.

The No. 3 ranked Charles Page High School girls' basketball team (10-0) continued their undefeated start to the season with a blowout win over Highway 97 rival No. 19 Sapulpa (5-6) Tuesday evening at the Ed Dubie Field House.

The Lady Sandites jumped on Sapulpa hard and fast, and at times it looked like the Sapulpans were trying to get past a brick wall. Sand Springs has one of the top-rated defenses in the state and it showed as they absolutely smothered their rivals.  

The home team led 12-0 before letting their foes on the board with a two-point basket by Michaela Bethel. Senior Oklahoma State Softball-commit Sydney Pennington snagged four steals in the first period and junior Ohio State Volleyball-commit Gloria Mutiri led with seven points to finish the quarter 18-5.

Despite their lead, the Sandites only slightly let off the gas in the second quarter and once again smothered their rivals defensively for a 32-10 halftime advantage.  

Mutiri kicked off the third quarter with a defensive rebound that she returned for two points to complete her first double-double of the season. Another basket by Mutiri and sophomore Holly Kersgieter added two more before Taylor Dement put up points for Sapulpa. Destiny Johnson and Kierra McGee both hit back-to-back field goals, Dement tacked on a free throw, and Mutiri and Jacie Taber closed out the quarter 51-13. 

Sand Springs finally let off the throttle in the fourth quarter and ran the bench on their foes. Sapulpa won the fourth quarter 23-10 but it wasn't enough to challenge the undefeated Sandites who ultimately prevailed 61-36.  

Johnson led the Sandites for the second time this season and scored a career-high 20 points. Mutiri scored 14 to bump her season average into double digits. Bethel was the only Lady Chieftain to break double digits with 10 points. 

Both teams struggled from three-point range with the Sandites shooting 3-of-15 while Sapulpa didn't make a single shot. The Chieftains also had a rough time at the charity stripe, making only 8 of 21 free throws. 

Head Coach Dustin Morrow is in his fifth year leading the program and before this year he had never defeated Muskogee, Broken Arrow, or Sapulpa. After Tuesday's game he had effectively toppled all three powerhouse programs by double digits. 

The Lady Sandites will look to continue their undefeated streak this Thursday when they travel to the Interstate Classic in Coffeyville, Kansas. Sapulpa will have a week to recover before hosting unranked Bixby (4-9) next Tuesday. The next conference game on the horizon for the Sandites is next Tuesday when they host No. 13 Union (8-4). 

Oklahoma Girls High School Basketball: Week Nine Rankings and Predictions

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The official week nine rankings have been released from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association and there's still four teams left vying for the top spot. Four schools received first-place votes, two are still undefeated overall, and five are undefeated in Class 6A.

No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (Last week No. 1)

Edmond Santa Fe (10-0) received nineteen first-place votes after a bye week. They had a big match-up against No. 5 Deer Creek (9-1) that was canceled due to weather. The Wolves hold the No. 6 offense, No. 2 defense, and No. 5  margin of victory in Class 6A and will return to action Tuesday at No. 17 Yukon (7-4) before competing at the John Nobles Tournament this weekend.

The pick: ESF 51 Yukon 43.

No. 2 Choctaw (2)

Choctaw (11-1) received five first-place votes after a 75-65 win over 5A No. 13 Del City (4-8). The Yellowjackets are still undefeated in the class with their only loss being to 4A No. 1 Ft. Gibson (11-0). They hold the No. 2 offense, No. 1 defense, and No. 1 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday at Putnam City (6-6). They also had a game scheduled last Friday against Putnam City North (1-10) that was canceled for weather. 

The pick: Choctaw 63, Putnam City 46.

No. 3 Sand Springs (3)

Sand Springs (9-0) received two first-place votes after a pair of double-digit conference wins. They defeated Muskogee (3-6) 62-43 and Bixby (4-9) 67-51. Sophomore Holly Kersgieter scored 14 in each game, Gloria Mutiri scored 13 in each game, Sydney Pennington scored 11.5 per game, and Kierra McGee scored 16 against Bixby to average 11.5.

The Sandites hold the No. 3 offense, No. 4 defense, and No. 4 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday when they host Highway 97 rival No. 19 Sapulpa (5-5) before traveling to the Coffeyville Tournament this weekend.

The pick: CPHS 56 Sapulpa 42.

No. 4 Putnam City West (4)

Putnam City West (11-1) received one first-place vote after dominating Lawton (3-6) 82-52. They are still undefeated in the state of Oklahoma with their only loss being to Campbell County, Wisconsin. The Patriots hold the No. 1 offense, No. 13 defense, and No. 2 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday at No. 12 Midwest City (8-4) before competing at the Jenks/Union Invitational this weekend.

The pick: PCW 57 MWC 46.

No. 5 Deer Creek (5)

Deer Creek (9-1) is coming off a bye week after their game against No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe (10-0) was canceled due to weather. The Antlers are still undefeated in 6A with their only loss coming to 5A No. 1 Collinsville (10-1). The hold the No. 7 offense, No. 6 defense, and No. 6 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday at No. 6 Norman North (7-2).

The pick: DC 50 NN 48. 

No. 6 Norman North (8)

Norman North (7-2) moved up a couple of spots after a bye week and will have the opportunity to crack the top-five if they can upset No. 5 Deer Creek (9-1) Tuesday at home. The Timberwolves hold the No. 9 offense, No. 8 defense, and No. 8 margin of victory in 6A. 

No. 7 Booker T. Washington (7)

Booker T. Washington (11-3) rolled to some dominating wins over unranked opponents last week, 53-25 over Will Rogers (8-6) and 84-11 over Tulsa Central (2-8). Megan Jackson led the team with 22 points against Tulsa Central and ten other girls also got in the scorebook.

The Hornets hold the No. 4 offense, No. 3 defense, and No. 3 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action this weekend at the Union/Jenks Tournament. 

No. 8 Norman (9)

Norman (9-2) snagged a pair of close ones last week, edging out No. 14 Mustang (5-5) 48-46 and No. 17 Edmond North (6-5) 61-59 in overtime. Curtiera Haywood scored 21 against Mustang. The Tigers hold the No. 10 offense, No. 12 defense, and No. 9 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday when they host Southmoore (2-9), then will take on 5A No. 14 Del City (4-8), 5A No. 11 Carl Albert (7-5), and No. 12 Midwest City (8-4) at the Carl Albert Tournament. 

The picks:
Norman 53 Southmoore 40
Norman 55 Del City 47
Norman 52 Carl Albert 45
Norman 48 MWC 46

No. 9 Westmoore (6)

Westmoore (8-4) suffered a 57-51 upset loss to No. 13 Edmond Memorial (8-4) last week and slipped a few spots in the rankings. The Jags hold the No. 5 offense, No. 19 defense, and No. 7 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday at Stillwater (2-10), then will compete at the Carl Albert Titan Classic this weekend. 

The picks: 
Westmoore 56 Stillwater 42
Westmoore 55 Carl Albert 46

No. 10 Owasso (10)

Owasso (9-5) scored a pair of quality wins last week, 56-45 over Jenks (3-6) and 45-42 over No. 12 Union (7-4). Terryn Milton scored 21 against Jenks and 10 against Union. Mya Bhinhar scored 15 against Jenks and 10 against Union. Sierra Williams scored 12 against Union and 10 against Jenks. 

The Rams hold the No. 18 offense and No. 18 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday at Bixby (4-9). 

The pick: Owasso 48 Bixby 44.

No. 11 Edmond Memorial (13)

Edmond Memorial (8-4) picked up a pair of notable wins last week, 50-31 over Stillwater (2-10) and 57-51 over No. 6 Westmoore (8-4). The Bulldogs hold the No. 16 defense and No. 19 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday at Moore (6-5) before competing in the Deer Creek Blue Grey Tournament this weekend. 

The pick: EDM 44 Moore 43.

No. 12 Midwest City (11)

Midwest City (8-4) topped an unranked Eisenhower (2-9) team 52-36 last week and will return to action Tuesday when they host No. 4 Putnam City West (11-1). They will also compete at the Carl Albert Tournament this weekend. The Bombers hold the No. 16 offense, No. 11 defense, and No. 14 margin of victory in 6A. 

No. 13 Union (12)

Union (7-4) split wins last week, topping 5A No. 15 Bishop Kelley (5-5) 62-39, but falling 45-42 to No. 10 Owasso (9-5). Taylor Malham led in scoring in both games with 15 against Owasso and 12 against Bishop Kelley. The Redskins hold the No. 17 offense, No. 9 defense, and No. 13 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday at Muskogee (3-6) before hosting the Jenks/Union Invitational this weekend. 

The pick: Union 50 Muskogee 46.

No. 14 Mustang (14)

Mustang (5-5) split wins last week, falling 48-46 to No. 9 Norman (9-2), but topping Southmoore (2-9) 58-34. The Broncos hold the No. 20 offense, No. 15 defense, and No. 17 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday at No. 18 Edmond North (6-5).

The pick: Ed North 48 Mustang 45.

No. 15 Broken Arrow (16)

Broken Arrow (6-5) picked up a 43-40 victory over No. 19 Sapulpa (5-5) thanks to 23 points from Jalise Smallwood. The Tigers hold the No. 7 defense in 6A and will return to action Tuesday when they host Jenks (3-6), then they'll compete at the Jenks/Union Invitational this weekend. 

The pick: BA 48 Jenks 43.

No. 16 Bartlesville (15)

Bartlesville (5-5) pulled out a big 56-27 victory over Bixby (4-9) led by Erin Shoemaker with 20. The Bruins hold the No. 5 defense and No. 15 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday at 5A No. 15 Bishop Kelley (5-5). 

The pick: Bartlesville 47 Kelley 40.

No. 17 Yukon (18)

Yukon (7-4) is coming off a bye week and will return to action Tuesday when they host No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (10-0). They will also take on John Marshall (5-5) in the first round of the Jones Tournament this weekend. The Millerettes hold the No. 15 offense, No. 20 defense, and No. 16 margin of victory. 

The pick: Yukon 50 Marshall 47.

No. 18 Edmond North (17)

Edmond North (6-5) picked up a 42-29 win over Southmoore (2-9) but fell 61-59 to No. 9 Norman (9-2) in overtime. The Huskies hold the No. 13 offense, No. 15 defense, and No. 12 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action Tuesday when they host No. 14 Mustang (5-5), then will compete at the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Tournament this weekend.

No. 19 Sapulpa (19)

Sapulpa (5-5) suffered a tough 43-40 loss to No. 16 Broken Arrow (6-5) despite a 15-point performance from Kiarra Brooks. The Chieftains will return to action Tuesday at No. 3 Sand Springs (9-0) in a rivalry matchup.

No. 20 Ponca City (20)

Ponca City (6-3) was topped 60-51 by 5A No. 9 El Reno (7-4) in spite of a 19-point performance by Baylee Fincher. The Wildcats hold the No. 12 offense, No. 10 defense, and No. 10 margin of victory in 6A and will return to action this weekend at the John Nobles Tournament. 

Conference Strength:

  1. Central Oklahoma (56)
  2. Frontier Valley (38.9)
  3. Big Ten (36.7)
  4. Green Country (25.8)
  5. All-City (10.09)

Kierra McGee scores 16 as undefeated No. 3 Lady Sandites top Bixby 67-51

Senior Kierra McGee scored a team-high 16 points for the Sandites in a double-digit victory over Bixby. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

Senior Kierra McGee scored a team-high 16 points for the Sandites in a double-digit victory over Bixby. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No. 3 ranked Charles Page High School girls basketball team (9-0 overall, 5-0 conference) continued their undefeated streak with a 67-51 victory over the Bixby Lady Spartans (4-9, 0-5) Friday night at the Ed Dubie Field House. 

The first and second quarters were both blowouts, but each was for a different team.

CPHS 67 Bixby 51

1Q Sand Springs 24-15
2Q Bixby 15-6
3Q Sand Springs 19-11
4Q Sand Springs 18-10

Fouls: Sand Springs 12, Bixby 15.
Free Throws: Sand Springs 9-of-13, Bixby 8-of-11.

Scoring: (Sand Springs) McGee 16, Kersgieter 14, Mutiri 13, Pennington 11, Regalado 9, Johnson 4. (Bixby) Bittle 17, Sloan 10, Pirtle 9, Stout 5, Tyree 5, Fuhr 3, Brown 2.

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Mutiri 5, Kersgieter 3, Johnson 3, McGee 1, Collins 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 4, Mutiri 2, Pennington 2, McGee 2, Regalado 1, Johnson 1.
Steals: Pennington 5, Kersgieter 3, McGee 3, Johnson 2, Regalado 1.
Assists: Johnson 3, McGee 3, Kersgieter 3, Regalado 1.
Blocks: Mutiri 3
Fouls: Johnson 3, Pennington 3, Kersgieter 2, Mutiri 2, Regalado 1, McGee 1.

The Lady Sandites came out hot, building a 22-5 lead with back-to-back three-pointers from sophomore Isabella Regalado before letting the visitors back into the game.  Maddie Bittle was fouled on a layup and made her free throw, and officially took the lid off the basket for the Lady Spartans. Cassidy Sloan, Sarah Tyree, and Madison Fuhr all got in on the action and cut the lead to 24-15 to end the first. 

They ran away with it in the second. Regalado hit a three, Mutiri scored a two, and those were the only field goals the Sandites would score in the lopsided quarter, as the visitors outscored their foes 15-6. The Spartans nearly entered the half with the lead after Kenedy Brown sank a two for the go-ahead points with two seconds left. The Lady Spartans cleared the bench and stormed the court in excitement, but there were two seconds left on the clock and Holly Kersgieter got to shoot a free throw on a technical foul to tie it up 30-30.

The Lady Sandites made up for the second quarter in the second half, however, handily dominating both periods. Sophomore Destiny Johnson hit a basket to start the third in the Sandites' favor, but Kyndal Pirtle sank a three and Bittle shot a free throw to make it 34-32. That would be the last time the Spartans led. 

Kersgieter hit a three for the lead, added a pair from the charity stripe, and Sydney Pennington sank a two to make it 39-34. Bittle shot a three to try and slow the Sandites down, but Gloria Mutiri made a layup and a free throw immediately after. Sloan scored the last two Spartan baskets of the evening, but they were broken up by a seven-point run from the Sandites, who led 49-41 going into the final stanza. McGee scored nine in the fourth quarter, including a steal and layup to ice the cake at 67-51.

Bittle led all scorers with 17 points, followed by McGee with 16, Kersgieter with 14, Mutiri with 13, Pennington with 11, and Sloan with 10. 

The Lady Sandites will return to action next Tuesday when they host Highway 97 rival No. 19 Sapulpa (5-5), while Bixby will take on No. 10 Owasso (9-5) next Tuesday at home. 

Frontier Valley Conference Womens' Basketball Standings

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The 2016-2017 womens' basketball season is under way and the Frontier Valley Conference is as competitive as ever with seven out of ten teams being ranked in their divisions. Three of the FVC girls teams are in the top-ten of 6A and the Lady Sandites are leading the way with an undefeated record. 

The FVC is currently ranked second out of the five 6A conferences in strength of schedule, but with several cross-conference match-ups approaching in the next few weeks, they could slip ahead to first place. 

No. 3 Sand Springs (6-0, 3-0) is the only undefeated team remaining in the conference and they're one of only four teams to receive a first-place vote in the 6A rankings. The Lady Sandites have the best offense, best defense, and highest margin of victory in the conference. In addition to winning the Bishop Kelley Tournament, they also defeated Bartlesville 51-34, Bishop Kelley 71-36, and Broken Arrow 66-45. Five different players have led in scoring this season and three are averaging in double digits, led by Sydney Pennington with 13.5 points per game. They return to action after the new year when they compete at the Muskogee Bedouin Shrine Tournament.

No. 9 Bartlesville (3-3, 2-1) holds the No. 6 offense, No. 3 defense, and No. 4 margin of victory in the conference. They lost their season opener 51-34 to Sand Springs, but beat Owasso 52-39 and Union 42-33. Owasso got payback, however, with a non-conference 39-33 win at the Bixby Tournament. Jena Williams has led in scoring for the last five games and is averaging 12.8 points. The Lady Bruins return to action after the new year when they play No. 18 Mustang (3-2) at the Skiatook Tournament.

No. 8 Owasso (4-2, 2-1) holds the No. 7 offense, No. 4 defense, and No. 5 margin of victory in the conference. They lost their season opener 52-39 to Bartlesville, but defeated Muskogee 49-39 and Bishop Kelley 48-32. They also got payback on the Lady Bruins with a 39-33 non-conference win at the Bixby Tournament. The Lady Rams have two players averaging in the double digits, with Terryn Milton leading the team with 13.3 points per game. They will return to action on the 28th at the prestigious Tournament of Champions with a first round game against 3A No. 1 Adair (6-0). 

No. 14 Union (4-2, 2-1) holds the No. 4 offense, No. 2 defense, and No. 2 margin of victory in the conference. They lost their season opener 42-33 to Bartlesville, but have won their last four games, including a 61-34 victory at Jenks and a 41-36 win over Broken Arrow. The Lady Redskins are led by Taylor Malham with 13.7 points per game. They will return to action after the new year when they take on unranked Putnam City North (3-4) in the first round of the Putnam City Invitational.

No. 15 Sapulpa (2-1, 2-1) holds the No. 2 offense, No. 8 defense, and No. 3 margin of victory in the conference. They defeated Jenks 56-45 and Muskogee 53-51, but fell 51-44 to Bishop Kelley. They are led by freshman Ray Osborn with 12.7 points per game and will return to action at the Sapulpa Holiday Classic when they take on No. 12 Midwest City (5-2) in the first round.

No. 16 Broken Arrow (2-2, 2-2) holds the No. 9 offense, No. 5 defense, and No. 8 margin of victory in the conference. They defeated Bishop Kelley 43-37 and Bixby 36-31, but fell 66-45 to Sand Springs and 41-36 to Union. They are led by Jalise Smallwood with 17.8 points per game and will return to action in the first round of the Sapulpa Holiday Classic when they take on undefeated No. 6 Booker T. Washington (6-0).

Muskogee (2-4, 1-2) holds the No. 3 offense, No. 9 defense, and No. 6 margin of victory in the conference. They defeated Bixby 51-40, but fell 49-39 to Owasso and 53-51 to Sapulpa. They are led by Trena Mims with 21.4 points per game. They will return to action at the Bedouin Shrine Classic when they take on 3A unranked Okmulgee (2-2).

Jenks (2-4, 1-2) holds the No. 5 offense, No. 10 defense, and No. 10 margin of victory in the conference. They lost their season opener 56-45 to Sapulpa, then fell 61-34 to Union before registering a 57-49 win over Bixby. The Lady Trojans are led by Makenley Church with 9.7 points per game and will return to action at the Bedouin Shrine Classic against Ponca City (4-2). 

5A No. 15 Bishop Kelley (3-4, 1-3) holds the No. 10 offense, No. 7 defense, and No. 9 margin of victory in the conference. They lost their first two games 43-37 to Broken Arrow and 71-36 to Sand Springs, then won three-straight including a 51-44 victory over Sapulpa before falling 48-32 to Owasso. The Lady Comets are led by Macy Craig with 9.7 points per game and will return to action after the new year when they travel to Union. 

Bixby (2-4, 0-3) holds the No. 8 offense, No. 6 defense, and No. 7 margin of victory in the conference. They have yet to secure a conference win this season after falling 36-31 to Broken Arrow, 51-40 to Muskogee, and 57-49 to Jenks. The Lady Spartans are led by Maddie Bittle with 17 points per game.

Conference Strength:

  1. Central Oklahoma (50)
  2. Frontier Valley (45.5)
  3. Big Ten (38.7)
  4. Green Country (26.5)
  5. All-City (9.4)

FVC Leading Scorers (points-per-game)

  1. Trena Mims (Muskogee) 21.4
  2. Jalise Smallwood (Broken Arrow) 17.8
  3. Maddie Bittle (Bixby) 17.0
  4. Taylor Malham (Union) 13.7
  5. Sydney Pennington (Sand Springs) 13.5
  6. Terryn Milton (Owasso) 13.3
  7. Jena Williams (Bartlesville) 12.8
  8. Ray Osborn (Sapulpa) 12.7
  9. Hailey Morrison (Sapulpa) 12.0
  10. Sadie Moyer (Union) 11.0

Editor's Note: We are currently missing individual scoring results for several games. Please forward results to SanditePrideNews@gmail.com

Missing:

  • 12/6 Muskogee vs Owasso
  • 12/8 Muskogee vs NOAH
  • 12/8 Jenks vs Edmond Santa Fe
  • 12/8 Union vs Anadarko
  • 12/9 Union vs Putnam North
  • 12/9 Muskogee vs Tahlequah
  • 12/9 Jenks vs Edmond North
  • 12/10 Union vs Edmond North
  • 12/10 Jenks vs Putnam North
  • 12/10 Muskogee vs Yukon
  • 12/13 Bixby vs Muskogee

Oklahoma Girls High School Basketball: Week Five Rankings and Predictions

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The fourth week of Oklahoma High School basketball has come to an end, still without a consensus number-one team. Five undefeated schools remain and three picked up first-place votes in the latest OSSAA rankings. Last week we picked fifteen games and were 13-2 with an overall accuracy of 85% for the season.

No. 1 Choctaw (1)

The Yellowjackets (7-0) pulled off one of their most powerful wins of the season Friday when they hosted 5A No. 19 Lawton Eisenhower (1-5) and hammered them 78-18. Six of their seven wins this season have been by 30 points or more and their average margin of victory is the best in 6A at 42 points. They also have the number two offense and number one defense. Their schedule has been light, however, with only three ranked opponents and no ranked 6A teams. They received 22 first-place votes this week.

Choctaw will return to action on the 28th at the prestigious Tournament of Champions.

No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe (2)

Edmond Santa Fe (7-0) is tied with Choctaw as the winningest team in 6A. Their wins haven't been as massive as the Yellowjackets', but they've arguably played the tougher schedule. Despite going up against five ranked opponents, they've still held on to the fifth-best margin of victory in the division at 21 points. They hold the No. 6 offense and No. 4 defense in the division and most recently topped No. 11 Norman North (3-2) 55-43. They received two first-place votes this week.

The Wolves will return to action on the 28th at the Sapulpa Girls Tournament. 

No. 3 Sand Springs (tied 3)

The Lady Sandites (6-0) are off to their best start in years, pummeling their way through the Bishop Kelley Tournament, and making short work of No. 10 Broken Arrow (2-2). The Lady Tigers trailed by more than 30 points before scoring the final 12 against the Sand Springs bench to make it 66-45. Four Lady Sandites doubled in the affair, led by sophomore Isabella Regalado with 15. They picked up one first-place vote this week.

Sand Springs holds the No. 5 offense, No. 2 defense, and No. 3 margin of victory in 6A. They will return to action after the new year at the Bedouin Shrine Tournament in Muskogee.

No. 4 Putnam City West (tied 3)

Putnam West (6-0) is just a point behind Choctaw in margin-of-victory and took down their first ranked opponent this past week, topping 5A No. 15 Bishop McGuinness (2-2) 86-37 on the road. The Lady Patriots are currently in the middle of the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas where they will resume action on Monday. On Friday they beat Mullen, Colorado (2-5) 53-31, then beat undefeated Liberty, Nevada (6-1) 64-22 on Saturday. They received two first-place votes this week.

West holds the No. 1 offense in the state at 74 points per game and is tied for the No. 2 defense, holding their opponents to 33. 

No. 5 Deer Creek (5)

Deer Creek (6-1) notched their biggest win of the season this week at No. 16 Edmond North (3-3), hammering the Huskies 64-33. The Lady Antlers hold the No. 8 offense, No. 14 defense, and No. 8 margin of victory in 6A. They will return to action after the new year when they host No. 17 Yukon (4-3). 

No. 6 Booker T. Washington (7)

The undefeated Lady Hornets (5-0) dominated 5A No. 18 Tulsa Memorial (3-6) 73-27 on Tuesday, then spent the weekend in Arkansas, defeating Ft. Smith Northside (4-5) 61-54. Booker T. holds the No. 10 offense, No. 5 defense, and No. 4 margin of victory in 6A. The Hornets will take on 5A unranked McClain (2-0) on Tuesday.

The pick: BTW 65 McClain 42

No. 7 Westmoore (6)

Westmoore (6-1) picked up their first ranked win of the season Friday when they topped in-town rival No. 20 Moore (3-4). The Lady Jags rolled to a 69-38 win on their home turf to close the year with their second win of thirty points or more. Westmoore holds the No. 4 offense, No. 12 defense, and No. 5 margin of victory in 6A. They will return to action after the new year when they travel to No. 14 Norman North (3-2). 

No. 8 Owasso (8) 

Owasso (4-2) rebounded from a 52-30 loss to 5A No. 2 Collinsville (6-0) with a 48-32 Friday night win over 5A No. 17 Bishop Kelley (3-4). Rylie Booner scored a team high 15, followed by Leiloni Culley with 13 and Terryn Milton with 11. The Lady Rams will return to action on the 28th at the Tournament of Champions.

No. 9 Bartlesville (9)

Bartlesville (3-3) took a bye week after falling 54-49 to No. 4 Deer Creek (6-1). The Lady Bruins won't play again until after the new year at the Skiatook Tournament.

No. 10 Edmond Memorial (13)

Edmond Memorial (4-3) played only one game this past week and topped No. 17 Yukon (4-3) 42-28. Taking the rest of 2016 off, the Bulldogs will return to action after the new year when they host unranked Stillwater (1-6). 

No. 11 Norman (12)

Norman (5-1) has won four-straight since a close loss to No. 6 Westmoore (6-1) in week one. The Tigers took a bye week after sweeping the Southern Oklahoma Invitational, but will return to action on the 27th at the Ardmore Tournament. They hold the No. 7 offense, No. 7 defense, and No. 7 margin of victory in 6A.

No. 12 Midwest City (14)

Midwest City (5-2) picked up a pair of wins last week, dominating unranked Putnam North (1-6) 57-32, then coming out on top of 5A No. 15 Bishop McGuinness (2-3) 47-39. The Lady Bombers hold the No. 11 offense in 6A and will competed at the Sapulpa Holiday Classic on the 28th.

No. 13 Norman North (11)

The Timberwolves (3-2) dropped a 55-43 loss to No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe (7-0) Friday and had their Saturday game against No. 17 Edmond North (3-3) postponed. They will return to action on the 29th at the Enid Holiday Classic. They hold the No. 10 offense and No. 12 margin of victory in 6A.

No. 14 Union (18)

Union (4-2) picked up a pair of notable wins this past week, dominating unranked Jenks (2-4) 61-34 and topping No. 10 Broken Arrow (2-2) 41-36 for their fourth-straight victory. Taylor Malhalm led her team in both games with 37 total points. The Lady Redskins will return to action after the new year at the Putnam City Invitational. They hold the No. 9 defense and No. 14 margin of victory in 6A

No. 15 Sapulpa (15)

Sapulpa (2-1) went 1-1 this past week, falling 51-44 to 5A No. 17 Bishop Kelley (3-4), but topping unranked Muskogee (2-4) 53-51. Rayveen Osborn led her team in both games, averaging 15, while Hailey Morrison tied Osborn with 13 points against Muskogee. They will return to action at the Holiday Classic on the 28th.

No. 16 Broken Arrow (10)

Broken Arrow (2-2) had a tough week with some strong competitors and fell 66-45 to No. 3 Sand Springs (6-0) and 41-36 to No. 18 Union (4-2). Jalise Smallwood was the only Lady Tiger to double in either game and averaged 24 points between the two. They will return to action at the Sapulpa Tournament on the 28th. 

No. 17 Edmond North (16)

The Huskies (3-3) suffered a 64-33 loss at the hands of No. 5 Deer Creek (6-1) Friday and had their Saturday game against No. 13 Norman North (3-2) postponed. They will return to action at the Duncan Holiday Shootout.

No. 18 Mustang (19)

Mustang (3-2) took a bye week after sweeping the Plainview Tournament and won't return to action till the new year at the Skiatook Tournament. 

No. 19 Yukon (17)

The Millerettes (4-3) split last week's games, trumping unranked Southmoore (1-5) 51-40, but falling 42-28 to No. 13 Edmond Memorial (4-3). Yukon holds the No. 11 defense in 6A and will return to action after the new year when they travel to No. 5 Deer Creek (6-1).

No. 20 Moore (20)

Moore (3-4) lost their lone game last week, 69-38 to No. 6 Westmoore (6-1). The Lionesses are done for the year and will resume the season at the Weatherford Tournament. 

Conference Strength

  1. Central Oklahoma (50)
  2. Frontier Valley (45.5)
  3. Big Ten (38.7)
  4. Green Country (26.5)
  5. All-City (9.4)

Oklahoma Girls High School Basketball: Week Four Rankings and Predictions

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The third week of Oklahoma High School basketball left seven girls teams undefeated in Class 6A and one of them will fall Tuesday night in Sand Springs. The marquee matchup of the week, the 5-0 Sandites will host the 2-0 Broken Arrow Tigers in a top-ten matchup at Ed Dubie Field House. Last week we picked fourteen games and were 13-1, with 85% accuracy this season.

No. 1 Choctaw (Last week No. 1)

The Yellowjackets (6-0) pulled in 26 first-place votes this week after beating their last week's opponents by an average score of 63-26 for a first-place finish at the Harrah Tournament. After topping unranked Lawton (2-1) 68-31 last Tuesday, they steamrolled the Harrah JV team 71-1 in the tournament quarterfinals. Bailey Golden scored 18 points in a 71-37 win over Putnam City (2-3) and the Yellowjackets prevailed 43-29 over 4A No. 3 Harrah (5-1) in the finals. The Yellowjackets have the No. 2 offense, No. 1 defense, and No. 2 margin-of-victory in Class 6A.

This week they will take on 5A No. 19 Lawton Eisenhower (1-4) Thursday before taking a hiatus before the Tournament of Champions. 

The pick: Choctaw 69 Ike 42.

No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe (2)

The Wolves (6-0) snagged three first-place votes after winning the Edmond Open by an average score of 62-33. They topped unranked Southmoore (0-4) 65-39 Tuesday, then dominated unranked Jenks (1-3) 74-39 in the tournament quarterfinals. In the semis they won 58-31 over No. 16 Edmond Memorial (3-3), then topped 4A No. 6 Anadarko (3-1) 53-29 to win the tournament. Santa Fe has the No. 6 offense, No. 6 defense, and No. 5 margin-of-victory in 6A.

They will take on No. 11 Norman North (3-1) on Friday.

The pick: ESF 52 Norman North 44.

No. 3 (tied) Putnam City West (3)

Putnam West (3-0) received two first-place votes this week after handling unranked Putnam City (2-3) 67-42 last week. The Patriots will take on 5A No. 15 Bishop McGuinness (2-0) on the road Tuesday, then will head to the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas on Friday. West has the No. 1 offense and No. 3 defense in 6A, averaging 77 points per game for the largest margin-of-victory in the State. 

The pick: PCW 66 McGuinness 43.

No. 3 (tied) Sand Springs (5)

The Lady Sandites (5-0) hammered 5A No. 14 Bishop Kelley (2-3) 71-36 last Tuesday, then came back Thursday to win the Bishop Kelley Tournament by an average score of 61-27. They topped unranked Cascia Hall (0-4) 60-15, 5A No. 4 Shawnee (3-2) 60-28, and No. 13 Norman North (3-1) 62-38. Sydney Pennington was named Tournament MVP after scoring 20 against Norman North, and Holly Kersgieter made the All-Tournament team after scoring 12 against Shawnee and averaging four steals per game. 

Sand Springs has the No. 5 offense, No. 2 defense, and No. 3 margin-of-victory in 6A. They will host No. 10 Broken Arrow (2-0) Tuesday in their final game of 2016.

The pick: CPHS 63 BA 43.

No. 5 Deer Creek (4)

The Antlers (5-1) won three and lost one last week at the Bixby Tournament, falling 40-24 in a low scoring matchup with 5A No. 2 Collinsville (6-0). They defeated No. 6 Westmoore (5-1) 67-50, Glendale, Missouri 63-43, and No. 8 Bartlesville (3-3) 54-49. Sydney Manning averaged 14 points a game over the tournament, while Dakota Vann and Maddie Rehl averaged 10.

The Antlers will return to action Thursday at No. 16 Edmond North (3-2) in their final game of 2016.

The pick: Deer Creek 49, Ed North 47.

No. 6 Westmoore (6)

The Jaguars (5-1) swept the Durant Lion Classic, defeating the Durant JV team 75-15, Rogers Heritage 65-39, and Springdale 69-49. Jessi Murcer averaged more than 25 points per game, including a 32 score in the Championship round. 

Westmoore has the No. 2 offense and No. 6 margin of victory in 6A. The Jags will take on No. 20 Moore (3-3) on Thursday to conclude the year. 

The pick: Westmoore 52 Moore 43.

No. 7 Booker T. Washington (9)

The Hornets (4-0) have been devastating their 5A conference foes this season and most recently took down unranked Nathan Hale (0-4) 81-9. They have the No. 3 offense, No. 5 defense, and No. 4 margin of victory in 6A. They return to action Tuesday at No. 18 Memorial (3-5).

The pick: BTW 67 Memorial 39.

No. 8 Owasso (10)

Owasso (3-2) went 2-1 at this weekend's Bixby Tournament, defeating unranked Stillwater (1-5) 55-46 and No. 8 Bartlesville (3-3) 39-33 before falling 52-30 to 5A No. 2 Collinsville (6-0). Terryn Milton doubled in two of the games for an average score of 12 and Leiloni Culley scored 19 against Stillwater for an average of 10 over the tournament. 

The Rams will finish out the year Friday at 5A No. 17 Bishop Kelley (4-3).

The pick: Owasso 45 BK 41.

No. 9 Bartlesville (8)

The Lady Bruins (3-3) Had some tough opponents at the Bixby Tournament this weekend and fell 39-33 to No. 10 Owasso (3-2) and 54-49 to No. 4 Deer Creek (5-1) after defeating unranked Ponca City (2-2) 51-36 in the first round. Jenna Williams doubled in all three games for an average of 16 points. 

Bartlesville has the No. 12 defense in Class 6A. They'll return to action next year at the Skiatook Tournament.

No. 10 Broken Arrow (11)

The Lady Tigers (2-0) won their second game of the season last week 36-31 over unranked Bixby (2-2) and Jalise Smallwood led her team with 15 points. Broken Arrow has the No. 4 defense in 6A in points allowed. They will return to action Tuesday at No. 3 Sand Springs (5-0), then will travel to No. 18 Union (2-2).

The pick: BA 43 Union 40. 

No. 11 Norman North (13)

Norman North (3-1) got off to a great start last week, winning their first three games by significant margins before falling 62-38 to No. 3 Sand Springs (5-0) in the Bishop Kelley Invitational finals. They topped unranked Stillwater (1-5) 63-34 at home, then beat 5A unranked Edison (0-2) 66-31 and 5A No. 3 Claremore (3-2) 59-47 at Kelley. Kenna Sturgell averaged 11 points per game at the Invitational and Lilith Brewster added 10. 

The Timberwolves hold the No. 8 offense and No. 9 margin of victory and will return to action Thursday at No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe (6-0), then play No. 16 Edmond North (3-2). 

The pick NN 49 EDN 48.

No. 12 Norman (18)

Norman (5-1) picked up four wins this past week, edging out No. 15 Yukon (3-2) 54-53, then sweeping the Duncan Southern Oklahoma Invitational. They topped 5A unranked Nathan Hale (0-4) 62-11 and Duncan (3-4) 64-36 before edging out 4A No. 5 Ada (4-1) 55-53 in the finals. 

The Tigers have the No. 7 offense, No. 9 defense, and No. 7 margin of victory in 6A. They return to action on the 27th at the Ardmore Tournament.

No. 13 Edmond Memorial (16)

Edmond Memorial (3-3) made a big statement this past weekend at the Edmond Open after topping No. 12 Edmond North (3-2) 44-43 and No. 7 Midwest City (3-2) 68-51. They topped No. 19 Mustang (3-2) 47-42 earlier in the week, and fell 58-31 to No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe (6-0) in the second round of the tournament. The Lady Bulldogs will return to action Friday when they host No. 17 Yukon (3-2) in their final game of 2016.

No. 14 Midwest City (7)

The Bombers (3-2) took a big loss this past weekend at the Edmond Open, falling 68-51 to No. 16 Edmond Memorial (3-3). They topped unranked Putnam North (1-5) 49-31 before falling 66-54 to 4A No. 6 Anadarko (3-1). Putnam North will get a rematch when they host the Bombers Tuesday. Midwest City will then play 5A No. 15 Bishop McGuinness (2-0) Friday. 

The picks:
MWC 53 PCN 39.
MWC 52 McG 48.

No. 15 Sapulpa (14)

The Lady Chieftains (1-0) started their season at unranked Jenks (1-3) and rolled to a 56-45 win. Three Sapulpans doubled in the game and rolled to victory with a 16-9 third quarter after leading 28-26 at the half. Sapulpa will return to action Tuesday against 5A No. 17 Bishop Kelley (2-3), then will play unranked Muskogee (1-3) on Friday. 

The picks: 
Sapulpa 50 Kelley 40.
Sapulpa 52 Muskogee 48.

No. 16 Edmond North (12)

Edmond North (3-2) handled unranked Moore (3-3) 53-44 last Tuesday, then went 1-2 at the Edmond Open. They fell 44-43 to No. 16 Edmond Memorial (3-3), dominated unranked Jenks (1-3) 70-41, then dropped a 49-45 loss to No. 20 Union (2-2). They will return to action Friday when they host No. 5 Deer Creek (5-1), then will travel to No. 11 Norman North (3-1) on Saturday.

No. 17 Yukon (15) 

The Millerettes (3-2) started last week with a 54-53 loss to No. 18 Norman (5-1), then traveled to the Edmond Open where they went 2-1. They topped the Green Country Defenders 50-33 and No. 17 Muskogee (1-3) 63-49, but fell 36-30 to 3A No. 2 Sequoyah (5-0). They return to action Friday when they travel to No. 13 Edmond Memorial (3-3).

The pick: Yukon 48 EDM 44.

No. 18 Union (20)

Union (2-2) started their season off with a 42-33 loss to No. 8 Bartlesville (3-3), then went 2-1 at the Edmond Open. They fell 42-38 to 4A No. 6 Anadarko (3-1), but defeated Putnam North (2-3) 54-49 and No. 12 Edmond North (3-2) 49-45. The Redskins will return to action Tuesday against unranked Jenks (1-3), then host No. 10 Broken Arrow (2-0) on Friday. 

The pick: Union 52 Jenks 44.

No. 19 Mustang (19)

Mustang (3-2) dropped their first game of the week to No. 16 Edmond Memorial (3-3), but bounced back with three-straight wins to sweep the Plainview Tournament. They topped OKC Storm 60-41, 4A No. 4 Broken Bow (5-1) 45-24, and 4A No. 17 Muldrow (3-2) 47-41. The Broncos will return to action after the new year when they compete at the Skiatook Tournament.

No. 20 Moore (unranked)

Moore (3-3) started last week with their third-straight loss, falling 53-44 to No. 12 Edmond North (3-2), then won three-straight at the Altus Bulldog Classic. They topped Lawton JV 50-45, 5A No. 17 Eisenhower (1-4) 41-29, and 5A No. 15 Altus (3-2) 36-21. They'll return to action Friday against No. 6 Westmoore (5-1) in their final game of the year.

Undefeated Lady Sandites win Bishop Kelley Tournament 62-38 over No. 13 Norman North

Photo: Morgan Miller

Photo: Morgan Miller

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

1Q Sand Springs 10-9
2Q Sand Springs 21-11
3Q Sand Springs 19-10
4Q Sand Springs 12-8

Scoring: (Sand Springs) Pennington 20, Regalado 15, Mutiri 8, Kersgieter 7, McGee 6, Johnson 4, Taber 2. (Norman North) Brewster 12, Waters 8, Jacie Evans 6, Landreth 5, Base 4, Sturgell 2, Jessika Evans 1. 

(Sand Springs only)
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 2, Mutiri 2, Regalado 1, Pennington 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 5, Taber 4, Regalado 3, Mutiri 3, Johnson 1, McGee 1, Pennington 1, Wilson 1.
Steals: Kersgieter 5, Pennington 3, Johnson 2, McGee 1, Taber 1.
Assists: Kersgieter 5, Pennington 3, Johnson 1, McGee 1, Taber 1, Regalado 1.
Fouls: Taber 4, Pennington 3, McGee 3, Johnson 2, Mutiri 2, Kersgieter 1, Regalado 1, Boaz 1.

Undefeated at 5-0, the Charles Page High School girls basketball team has more than earned their No. 5 ranking after winning their four game this season against a ranked opponent, and four-straight games by 24 points or more. Senior Oklahoma State University softball-signee Sydney Pennington led her team to a 62-38 victory over the No. 13 Norman North Timberwolves (3-1) with 20 points to win the Bishop Kelley Invitational for the second-straight year. 

Things didn't start out as lopsided as they ended, and Sand Springs used a timeout at only 2-2 after the girls gave up several turnovers to start the game. The pep talk seemed to work as the girls pushed ahead to a 10-4 lead before the Timberwolves fought back with three-pointer from Lindsey Waters and a pair of free throws from Taylor Landreth.

The Lady Sandites held a close 10-9 lead going into the second quarter, but outscored their opponents 21-11 for a solid halftime lead. Pennington started off the period with a two, followed by a pair of free throws from junior Ohio State volleyball-commit Gloria Mutiri. Emma Base hit a two for the T-Wolves, but Mutiri sank two more freebies and a two of her own. Sophomore Isabella Regalado hit a goal to make it 20-12, Waters sank a pair from the charity stripe, then Regalado hit two free throws, a three, and a two to make it 27-14. By the end of the half the Sandites were up 31-20.

Norman North came out of the half fired up and Jacie Evans scored three straight to make it 31-24. Sophomore Holly Kersgieter hit back-to-back twos, followed by a pair of free throws from senior Kierra McGee. The lopsided scoring continued until the Sandites held a 50-30 advantage going into the final stanza.

Pennington started the fourth with back-to-back layups, sophomore Jacie Taber scored a two of her own, then Pennington added another to bring her total for the evening to 20. Lilith Brewster cut into the lead with a pair of twos, but Regalado added another three and McGee pushed the lead to 62-34. Norman North got to cut into the deficit a little bit, ending with three points from Landreth and one from Jessika Evans for a final score of 62-38.

Pennington was named the Tournament MVP and Kersgieter made the All-Tournament team as well. Pennington was also on the All-Tournament team last year.

Sand Springs basketball will return to action Tuesday in Broken Arrow when the girls take on the No. 11 Lady Tigers (2-0) and the boys (0-2) battle the No. 10 Tigers (4-1).

Regalado scores 18, four Lady Sandites double in 71-36 rout of No. 14 Bishop Kelley

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Correction: This article originally attributed Regalado with 20 and Pennington with 11. The correct totals are 18 and 13, respectively. 

The No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School varsity girls basketball team (2-0) traveled to 5A No. 14 Bishop Kelley (0-2) for a Frontier Valley Conference matchup Tuesday evening and nearly doubled their opponents for a final score of 71-36. Sophomore Isabella Regalado led in the scoring melee with 20 points, but three other Lady Sandites also doubled in the 35-point victory. 

1Q Sand Springs 17-6
2Q Sand Springs 12-8
3Q Sand Springs 20-17
4Q Sand Springs 22-5

Scoring: (Sand Springs) Regalado 18, Pennington 13, Johnson 12, McGee 10, Mutiri 7, Kersgieter 6, Grant 5. (Bishop K) Craig 9, Martin 7, Harrel 5, Wilson 5, Stecker 4, Washington 2, Easterling 2, Davie 1, Poleman 1.

Penalties: CPHS 23, Kelley 17.
Turnovers: CPHS 12, Kelley 8.
Free Throws: SS 9 of 22, Kelley 18 of 31.

(Sand Springs Only)
Offensive Rebounds: Regalado 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Mutiri 4, Taber 3, Johnson 3, Kersgieter 2, Regalado 2, Pennington 1.
Assists: Kersgieter 3, McGee 3, Regalado 2, Johnson 1.
Steals: Pennington 3, McGee 3, Regalado 2, Taber 2, Kersgieter 2, Johnson 2, Grant 2, Boaz 1. 
Blocks: Mutiri 1
Fouls: Taber 5, Kersgieter 5, Johnson 4, Pennington 3, Mutiri 2, McGee 2, Regalado 1, Grant 1.

The Lady Sandites were like a tsunami, building momentum as the game progressed, posting their highest numbers in the second half and outscoring the home team 22-5 in the fourth quarter. 

Bishop Kelley was competitive from the start, but the visitors played hard and aggressive, making off with eight steals for a 17-6 first period advantage. The teams were physical from the very beginning. Sophomore Holly Kersgieter picked off an early pass and sent it to Senior Kierra McGee, who was immediately blocked on a reverse and four girls went down in a scrum that the Comets came out of to tie it up 5-5.

Regalado snagged a steal on the next possession and launched it to Kersgieter for an undefended layup and the Sandites never look back. The Comets scored only one field goal in the second quarter, but the Sandites gave up six points on free throws in a penalty heavy period that ended 29-14.

The home team had their biggest output in the third quarter, scoring nearly half of their total offense. Sophomore Destiny Johnson scored all twelve of her points in the second half, including the first two Sandite field goals of the third quarter. Oklahoma State University softball signed senior Sydney Pennington got in on the action with back-to-back layups, one coming on a steal. Kelley's Micaela Martin followed it up with a pair of her own, and the two teams exchanged blows from there.

Kelley went on a six-point run to cut it to 46-31 shortly before the fourth, but a buzzer-beater three by McGee gave the Sandites momentum for the final period. 

Johnson started the final period with a pair of free throws and a pair of goals, one of which came on a steal and reverse from McGee. Martin interjected with a free throw as Kersgieter fouled out, but Pennington hit a two and Regalado added a three in retaliation. The Sandites lost another player when Jacie Taber fouled out, but it didn't slow them down a bit. Mutiri hit a two, followed by McGee, followed by back-to-back baskets from senior Amari Grant almost immediately after she joined the game. Mutiri sealed the game with a free throw to remain undefeated.

The Lady Sandites will return to Bishop Kelley this Thursday for a tournament. They will play 3A unranked Cascia Hall (0-1) at 1:30 p.m. Their next game will be played Friday at either 7:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. depending on if they win or lose.

Week three rankings and predictions: Lady Sandites move up to fifth

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The second week of Oklahoma High School basketball came to a close this past weekend with several upsets and significant shuffling of the rankings. Last week we picked 19 games and were 15-4 for 79% accuracy.

No. 1 Choctaw (Last week No. 1)

The favorites for this season's State Championship decimated their last week's opponents and solidified their place at the top with 22 first-place votes. The Yellowjackets (2-0) doubled 5A No. 8 Del City (1-2) 83-41 and trounced unranked Enid (0-2) 68-24. University of Oklahoma signee Ana Llanusa led the scoring against Del City with 21 points, trailed by sister Aliyah with 18 and Bailey Golden with 17. The elder Llanusa added another 25 in the win over Enid. The Jackets will taken on unranked Lawton (1-0) Tuesday before traveling to the Harrah Tournament this weekend. Lawton started their season against the fifth-worst defense in the Class and steamrolled U.S. Grant (0-3) 69-8 in their opener.

The pick: Choctaw 70 Lawton 45

No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe (2)

The Lady Wolves (2-0) retained their number-two ranking with a pair of solid wins over ranked opponents, but retained only two of their four first-place votes. They defeated No. 12 Edmond Memorial (0-2) 43-32 and No. 16 Moore (0-2) 56-46. The Wolves will take on Southmoore before competing at the Edmond Open this weekend.

The pick: ESF 54 Southmoore 35

No. 3 Putnam City West (5)

The Patriots (2-0) picked up a second first-place vote after brutalizing their first two opponents, one of whom was ranked. Putnam West took down unranked Enid (0-2) 86-34 and No. 20 Putnam North (0-2) 79-22. 

The pick: Putnam West 76 Putnam City 36

No. 4 Deer Creek (3)

The Antlers (2-0) handily won their first two games of the season, but not significantly enough to hold on to their number three ranking, though they did still pull two first-place votes. They put away No. 15 Mustang (0-1) 60-42, then traveled to unranked Stillwater (0-2) for a 57-38 victory. 

The pick: Deer Creek 50 Westmoore 49

No. 5 Sand Springs (8)

The Charles Page Lady Sandites (1-0) dominated No. 7 Bartlesville (1-1) 51-34 and they barely even scratched the surface of their deep and talented bench. Both the Sandites' freshman and sophomore classes were undefeated Frontier Valley Conference Champions as eighth graders. They also picked up a talented senior transfer from Union. Sydney Pennington scored 21, Gloria Mutiri added 13, and newcomer Kierra McGee hit 11.  The Sandites picked up one first-place vote. After a conference matchup against 5A No. 14 Bishop Kelley (0-1) on Tuesday, they will return to Kelley over the weekend for the BK Tournament.

The pick: Sand Springs 60 Bishop Kelley 43

No. 6 Westmoore (6)

The Lady Jaguars (2-0) picked up a pair of wins over unranked opponents to start the season, topping Southmoore (0-3) 61-42 and Norman (1-1) 53-44. Jessi Murcer led her team with an incredible 35 points against Southmoore. After a marquee matchup with Deer Creek, the Jags will travel to Durant for the Lion Classic this weekend.

No. 7 Midwest City (10)

The defending State Champions (2-0) put away unranked Putnam City (0-1) 64-51 and 5A No. 8 Del City (1-2) 50-40 and picked up one first-place vote to improve a few spots in the rankings. The Bombers will compete at the Edmond Open this weekend.

No. 8 Bartlesville (7)

The Lady Bruins (1-1) were defeated 51-34 in their home opener against No. 8 Sand Springs, but snapped back with a 52-39 victory over No. 3 Owasso (0-1). Jenna Williams scored 14 against Owasso and 4 against Sand Springs, Lauren Richter scored 10 against the Rams and 6 against Sand Springs. None of the Bruins doubled against the Sandites. They will take on No. 20 Union (0-0) on the road Tuesday, then will travel to the Bixby Tournament this weekend.

The pick: Bartlesville 50 Union 33.

No. 9 Booker T. Washington (11)

The Hornets (3-0) got off to a good start in their mostly 5A conference, dropping unranked Edison (0-1) 49-42, then scoring major credit in a 63-55 victory over 5A No. 1 East Central (2-1) before absolutely devastating unranked Nathan Hale (0-3) 81-9. They will take a bye week before returning to action with No. 18 Memorial (1-3) next Tuesday.

No. 10 Owasso (3)

The Lady Rams (0-1) didn't get off to the start they were looking for against No. 7 Bartlesville, falling 52-39 on the road, but will have a good shot at getting in the win column Tuesday against No. 17 Muskogee (0-0). Terryn Milton scored 16 against the Lady Bruins and Sierra Williams added 11.

The pick: Owasso 49 Muskogee 42.

No. 11 Broken Arrow (9)

Last year's State Semi-Finalists (1-0) picked up a 43-37 win over 5A No. 12 Bishop Kelley to start the season, but it wasn't decisive enough to maintain their top-ten ranking. The Tigers retained only one starter from the last season, and have a new head coach in Tiffany Jones. Angelica Cuellar led the girls with 15 points and was the lone Lady Tiger to double. They return to action Tuesday against unranked Bixby (0-0).

The pick: Broken Arrow 43 Bixby 40.

No. 12 Edmond North (17)

The Lady Huskies (1-0) picked up a solid 50-37 victory to start the season against in-town rival No. 12 Edmond Memorial (0-2). They return to action at unranked Moore (0-2), then will compete at the Edmond Open this weekend.

The pick: Edmond 50, Moore 40.

No. 13 Norman North (14)

The Timberwolves (0-0) dipped a spot due to their late start for the season, but will begin the year Tuesday when they host unranked Stillwater (0-2).

The pick: Norman 59, Stillwater 37.

No. 14 Sapulpa (13)

The Chieftains have yet to play their first game of the year, but will travel to unranked Jenks (0-0) this Tuesday.

The pick: Sapulpa 65, Jenks 49. 

No. 15 Yukon (unranked)

The Millers (1-0) made a statement in their 45-39 defeat of No. 16 Moore (0-2) and will look to build momentum at No. 18 Norman (1-1) before this weekend's Tahlequah Tournament. 

No. 16 Edmond Memorial (12)

The Lady Bulldogs (0-2) started the season off with tough competition and dropped back-to-back games against in-town rivals No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe (2-0) and No. 17 Edmond North (1-0). Santa Fe prevailed 43-32 and North won 50-37 in the first rounds of the Edlam series. They return to action with No. 19 Mustang (0-1). 

The pick: Memorial 45, Mustang 40.

No. 17 Muskogee (15)

The Lady Roughers (0-0) dipped a few spots due to a late start for the season, and will have their work cut out for them against No. 10 Owasso (0-1). 

No. 18 Norman (unranked)

The Lady Tigers (1-1) dominated 61-36 their opener against unranked Stillwater (0-2), but fell 53-44 to No. 6 Westmoore (2-0). Turner Mattingly, Jandra Levi, and Skye Watts all doubled against Stillwater while Bethany Franks had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. 

The pick: Norman 46, Yukon 45.

No. 19 Mustang (15)

The Broncos (0-1) have a tough start to the season and fell 60-42 to No. 4 Deer Creek (2-0) in their opener. Abby Neaves led in scoring with 17 points while Mia Brown added 10. They will have another tough opponent Tuesday when they take on Edmond Memorial, then will travel to the Plainview Tournament this weekend.

No. 20 Union (19)

Union (0-0)'s season will begin Tuesday against No. 8 Bartlesville (1-1). They have a tough opponent to start with, but they also have strong bones, returning four of their top five scorers from last season. 

Week 2 Women's Basketball Rankings and Predictions

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The week two basketball rankings have been released by the OSSAA and several teams have shuffled around in the order, despite zero games having actually been played.

No. 1 Choctaw (Last week No. 1)

The overwhelming favorite to take State this year is the Choctaw Yellowjackets (0-0) with sixteen first-place votes. Choctaw finished last season 23-3, dropping two games to Midwest City and the State Quarterfinal to Owasso. They graduated a whole mess of starters last season, but retained their top two in University of Oklahoma signee Ana Llanusa and junior Bailey Golden. The Yellowjackets will kick off the season on the 29th against 5A No. 10 Del City.

The picks:
Choctaw 66, Del City 54.
Choctaw 73, Enid 32.
Choctaw 75, Lawton 34.

No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe (Last week No. 2)

The Lady Wolves (0-0) picked up four first-place votes. They went 22-6 last year, falling 58-46 to Muskogee in the State Tournament. All six of their losses were to top-ten teams and only one was by double-digits. They return a highly experienced team after graduating only two seniors and keeping four of their top five scorers. They start the season with Edlam against No. 12 Edmond Memorial.

The picks:
ESF 47 EDM 44
ESF 52, Moore 36
ESF 70, Southmoore 65

No. 3 Owasso (Last week No. 5)

The Lady Rams (0-0) finished last year 22-8 as State Runners-Up, falling 45-40 to Midwest City. Their only losses were to ranked opponents and four of those were to top-five teams. They graduated several starters, including ORU freshman Rachel Skalnik. They held on to their top three scorers, however, all juniors, led by Arkansas-commit Mya Bhinhar. Bhinhar is recovering from off-season knee surgery, but is expected to make it back by their first game against No. 7 Bartlesville on December 2nd. They brought in three first-place votes.

The picks:
Owasso 40, Bartlesville 35.
Owasso 61, Muskogee 56.

No. 4 Deer Creek (Last week No. 3)

Deer Creek (0-0) went 20-8 last season with a 54-43 first round loss to Broken Arrow at State. They picked up two first-place votes and return a solid lineup behind senior East Central University signee Maddie Rehl. They will take on No. 15 Mustang on the 29th. 

The picks:
DC 62, Mustang 54.
DC 55, Stillwater 33.
Westmoore 45, DC 40.

No. 5 Putnam City West (Last week No. 4)

Putnam West (0-0) is coming off a a 19-7 season that saw losses only to ranked teams, six of which were top-ten. They graduated a few seniors, but retained top-scoring junior Ce'Nera Skanes to anchor a young and talented team. They will start the season off on the 29th against unranked Enid and received one first-place vote.

The picks:
PCW 66, Enid 40.
PCW 69, PCN 55.
PCW 63, PC 52.

No. 6 Westmoore (Last week No. 7)

The Lady Jags (0-0) ended last year 24-3, starting 9-0, and finishing 10-0 before their State Tournament first round loss to Midwest City. They were hit hard by graduation, losing three of their top five scorers, but retain a deep bench of talented youngsters. They start the season on the 29th against unranked Southmoore. 

The picks:
West 75, South 40.
West 70, Norman 50.

No. 7 Bartlesville (Last week No. 6)

Bartlesville (0-0) finished last season 10-14 but is a historically good program. They lose only one of their top five scorers and return a young team with several talented sophomores who saw action last year and will anchor the team for years to come. The Bruins will start the season on the 29th with No. 8 Sand Springs.

The picks:
Bartlesville 50, Sand Springs 54.
Bartlesville 50, Union 45.

No. 8 Sand Springs (Last week No. 10)

The Lady Sandites (0-0) are set up for their best shot at a State Tournament appearance in years after finishing 17-9 last season and only losing one senior. At one point they ran with an eight-game winning streak. Their season came to a close with a 58-42 loss to Owasso at Area. Led by Oklahoma State softball-commit Sydney Pennington and Ohio State volleyball-commit Gloria Mutiri, they run a deep bench with their second-straight freshman class of undefeated Conference Champions from the eighth-grade level. 

The pick: SS 65, Bishop Kelley 50

No. 9 Broken Arrow (Last week No. 8)

The State Semi-Finalists from Broken Arrow (0-0) finished last season 24-4 and picked up one first-place vote. Their only losses were to State Champ Midwest City, State Runner-Up Owasso, No. 2 (at the time) Sapulpa, and No. 2 (at the time) Muskogee. They took heavy losses, graduating their top three scorers, and the next three scorers are seniors this year. The Lady Tigers will kick things off on December 2nd at 5A No. 12 Bishop Kelley. 

The picks:
BA 50, BK 30.
BA 60, Bixby 40.

No. 10 Midwest City (Last week No. 9)

The defending State Champions (0-0) graduated four of their top-five scorers, including University of Texas freshman Chinna Fair after their 25-4 season. The new class of ballers will be lead by senior Coriauna Burkhalter. Their season begins on the 29th against unranked Putnam City. 

The picks:
MWC 65, Putnam 60.
MWC 71, Del City 54.

No. 11 Booker T. Washington (Last week No. 13)

Booker T. (0-0) finished last season 16-10 after a three-point loss to Sand Springs at Area. They only lost to ranked opponents and six of those losses were to top-five teams. They will kick off the season on the 29th at unranked 5A Edison.

The pick:
BTW 70, Edison 30.
East Central 59, BTW 50.
BTW 70, Nathan Hale 30.

No. 12 Edmond Memorial (Last week No. 11)

The Lady Dogs (0-0) finished last year 16-10 after a 60-50 loss to Putnam City at Area. All of their losses were to ranked opponents. They took heavy losses this season, but retain Sophomore Taylor Norman and junior Kendra Levings, both of whom have been known to do damage. 

The picks: 
EDM 65, EDN 60.
EDM 60, Mustang 52.

No. 13 Sapulpa (Last week No. 14)

The Lady Chieftains (0-0) finished last season 22-5, falling to Midwest City at Area. They're in for a rebuilding year after graduating their top three scorers, including two Division One athletes. Their season starts December 6th at Jenks.

The pick: Sapulpa 60, Jenks 42.

No. 14 Norman North (Last week No. 12)

Norman North (0-0) finished last season 12-14 and ending the season with a 64-60 loss to Putnam West at Area. They graduated a pair of starters, but return solid bones to build on. They will kick off the season on the 29th against No. 19 Edmond North.

The pick:
NN 55 EDN 45
NN 50, Stillwater 25.

No. 15 Mustang (Last week No. 16)

Mustang (0-0) returns from a 13-11 season with a 59-50 Regional loss to Edmond Memorial after graduating two of their top six scorers. Seniors Logan Haller and Abby Niehus will anchor a young, but talented team that only lost to ranked opponents last season and went on an eight-game winning streak to close the regular season. 

No. 16 Moore (Last week No. 15)

Moore (0-0) ended last year 11-13 with four losses to unranked teams. They will start the season on the 29th against unranked Yukon. 

The picks:
Yukon 60, Moore 55.
Moore 50, EDN 40.

No. 17 (tied) Edmond North (Last week No. 19)

Edmond North (0-0) ended last season 13-11, dropping off toward the end of the year and losing five of their last six games. They return a solid but young team. 

No. 17 (tied) Muskogee (Previously unranked)

Muskogee (0-0) ended last season 24-3, falling in overtime to Midwest City in the State Semi-Finals. All three of their losses were to top-ten teams. They graduated two D-1 starters, but return senior North Texas commit Trena Mims who averaged 12 points per game last season.

No. 19 Union (Previously No. 17)

Union returns four of their top five scorers after a 8-16 season came to an end at the hands of Sand Springs at Regionals. Of their sixteen losses, only three were to unranked opponents. Their season begins on December 6th against Bartlesville. 

No. 20 Putnam City North (Previously No. 18)

Putnam North finished last season 15-11, falling to Midwest City at Area and return only one of their top-five scorers. They kick off the year on the 29th against 5A No. 20 Bishop McGuinness. 

The picks:
PCN 45, BM 40.
PCN 50, Enid 42.