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Archive for: January 2016

Ranney, Kirkpatrick lead Piedmont to wins in Bethany Classic

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Blake Colston/Gazette Brant Ranney drives to the basket as Crooked Oak’s Kevin Johnson tries to defend him.

BETHANY — Brant Ranney missed the first seven games of Piedmont’s season with a hamstring and ankle injury.

Despite the long layoff, he never lost his shooting touch. The 3-point marksman made four treys and totaled 14 points Thursday to lead Piedmont to an 80-34 rout of Crooked Oak in the opening round of the Swadley’s Bar-B-Q Bethany Classic.

Blake Owens added 16 to lead all scorers. Adokiye Iyaye had 12.

Playing in his first live game action in more than 11 months, Ranney drained a trio of first half 3-pointers to pace Piedmont. Read more →

Okarche shakes off holiday rust to beat OCA

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EDMOND —  Playing its first game of the new year, top-ranked Okarche did little that pleased head coach Cherie Myers Tuesday, other than the final result — a 75-49 win over Oklahoma Christian Academy to improve to 10-1 overall.

Blake Colston/Gazette Hope Sellers of Okarche drives the baseline Tuesday night in Edmond.

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Hope Sellers of Okarche drives the baseline Tuesday night in Edmond.

Okarche trailed unranked OCA by two after a quarter and never found a rhythm on either end of the floor despite winning by a commanding margin. The Lady Warriors outscored the Eagles 18-6 in the second quarter to grab control of the game, but never found the next gear.

“Offensively we scored OK, but didn’t really execute our offense,” Myers said. “Defensively I thought we played terrible.”

A flurry of 3-pointers from Bailey Vogt late in the third quarter helped swell a 13-point lead back to 21 by the end of the quarter, 54-33. The Lady Warriors scored 43 points in the second half.

“We live and die a lot on the three, which can be good and bad,” Myers said. “She was in her rhythm and we penetrated and found her. There were some good things with that.”

Myers said it wasn’t unusual to have a team play sluggishly in its first game after the holidays. Read more →

Okarche heads for Three Rivers Conference Tournament Thursday

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Both Okarche basketball teams are out for revenge this week in this year’s edition of the Three Rivers Conference Tournament to be held in Kingfisher beginning Thursday.BOYS THREE RIVERS

Seen as favorites to compete for the conference tournament championship each season, neither team made it as far as the finals last season.

The Lady Warriors reached the semifinals, but lost to Cashion in the final seconds, 35-34, on a pair of free throws from Karson Maple. Okarche beat Hennessey for third.

The Warriors, meanwhile, went winless in the event while playing without starting guards Bo Banfield and Garrett Schwarz.

This year, the Lady Warriors enter the tournament as Class A’s top ranked team, receiving 31 of 52 potential first place votes

The Lady Warriors will face Crescent today at 1:40 p.m. in the first round. Read more →

Piedmont teams open Bethany Classic Thursday

Blake Colston

After a 24-day layoff, Piedmont’s girls and boys basketball teams will be back on the floor Thursday afternoon at the Swadley’s Bar-B-Q Bethany Classic. SWADLEYS BOYS BRACKET

Troy Lallemand’s Wildcats open the event with a 2:30 tip against Class 3A Crooked Oak, which enters the tournament with a 2-5 record. Piedmont is 1-6. The Wildcats went 1-2 in the event last season.

Meanwhile, Jordan Stark’s Lady Wildcats, who are 1-6 overall, face McLoud at 4. McLoud is 1-5. Piedmont reached the finals of last year’s tournament before falling to Deer Creek.

Both Piedmont squads enter this year’s tournament off home losses to Carl Albert.

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