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.
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.
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.