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Piedmont takes on No. 8 Woodward tonight

Blake Colston

Blake Colston/Gazette McKenna Kirkpatrick shoots a 3-pointer earlier this season.

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McKenna Kirkpatrick shoots a 3-pointer earlier this season.

It’s fitting that the Piedmont Lady Wildcats’ postseason journey begins with a long, arduous road trip. It mirrors their long, frustrating season.

Piedmont travels almost 2:30 northwest today for tonight’s game at eighth-ranked Woodward set to tip off at 8 in the opening round of the Class 5A regional playoffs having lost three of their last four games. But the Lady Wildcats (6-17) hope the postseason brings a fresh start, said junior guard McKenna Kirkpatrick.

“We’re 0-0. It’s kind of like preseason all over again,” she said.

Piedmont began the season ranked fourth in Class 5A, but lost six of its first seven games and never found a rhythm under first-year head coach Jordan Stark. But the Lady ‘Cats, namely starters Hannah Reasoner, Maddie Sperle and Kirkpatrick, have experience in the postseason. That trio has been to the state tournament in back-to-back seasons.

“We’ve got nothing to lose. Everyone else has pressure and we just need to go out there and do our job,” Kirkpatrick said.

Woodward is 17-8 overall and enters the postseason as winners of nine consecutive games dating back to a 55-53 loss at 4A No. 3 Newcastle. The winner of the game advances to play either Noble or El Reno. The loser’s season is over.

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