Don't let the 8-7 record fool you. Putnam City North is up for any challenge.
After receiving some good news about their postseason future Thursday afternoon, the Panthers celebrated in the evening with a 66-42 victory over Westmoore in the first round of Deer Creek's Bruce Gray Invitational.
PC North used some hot shooting to build an early lead, including three 3-pointers from Logan McGill in the first half. He finished with 15 points, and sophomore Micah Speight had 17 of his 21 points in the second half to close the door on the Jaguars.
PC North and Edmond Memorial learned Thursday afternoon that they will be sent to the east side of the state for regional playoffs next month, getting them out of the much deeper west side bracket.
Meanwhile, PC North coach Rick Harris has been watching his team gel with a talented mix of youth and experienced seniors fighting through a challenging schedule.
“We've had some hiccups, some losses where we felt we should've won,” Harris said. “And we've played some really good teams and hung in with them. Our schedule has been brutal, but we just have to fight through it and keep getting better.”
On Monday, the Panthers upset No. 4-ranked Edmond Santa Fe, then lost to Mustang by 11 Tuesday night. Now they'll get a chance to redeem that loss in Friday's semifinals. Mustang defeated Northeast 80-64 behind 20 points from Geoffrey Hightower.
DEER CREEK RALLIES PAST WESTERN HEIGHTS
With a go-ahead layup from Tyler Haddock and a game-saving block by Connor Avants, Deer Creek capped a rally for its second straight one-point victory, 39-38 over Western Heights.
The Antlers fought back from six points down with three minutes to go, finally taking the lead with Haddock's steal and layup in the final minute. The block by Avants, a 6-foot-6 junior, came with 5 seconds on the clock.
Avants finished with 15 points, and Haddock had 13. Gerard Giles had 11 points to lead Western Heights.
COLLINS' 45 LEADS STORM PAST EDMOND SANTA FE
For the second time in two weeks, the homeschool Oklahoma City Storm took down one of Class 6A's top five teams.
TCU signee Chauncey Collins scored 45 points as the Storm held off No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe 86-83 at the Union-Jenks Invitational. Curran Scott scored 30 for the Wolves in the loss.
Earlier this month in the Putnam City Invitational, the Storm defeated then-No. 2 Midwest City behind 50 points from Collins. They also took Tulsa Union to overtime in an eventual loss.
The Storm could get another shot at Union this weekend, but it would have to be in Saturday's finals. The Storm will need to defeat Jenks on Friday.
Purcell's Tanner Helton hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in overtime for a 48-46 win over Byng. ... Three Millwood players scored in double-figures in a 68-59 win over McAlester. ... Carson Teel scored 25 points as Stillwater knocked off Shawnee 72-65 in overtime. ... Tyler Lester scored 31 points as Tuttle defeated Lone Grove 66-57. ... Jace Wilkins' 29 points powered Dale to a 70-53 win over Davenport.