“Anytime you are seeing No. 1, you can't simulate that kind of pressure in practice,” he said. “It wasn't an issue (in the rematch) because we were ready for it.”
Chouteau, which lost to Talihina in the state tournament quarterfinals two years ago, has four players averaging double figures in scoring.
“It's a different guy every night,” Wheeler said. “Some nights it's all four of them.”
Chouteau (19-8) has won 13 of its last 14 games.
KONAWA IGNITED BY RETURN OF POINT GUARD
Konawa has won eight in a row and 13 of its last 14 to advance to the state tournament for the first time in almost 20 years.
The Tigers have been bolstered by the return of 5-9 senior point guard Alex Yellowfish, who returned from a knee injury.
Yellowfish, who played just eight games last season because of a knee injury, hurt his other knee at a summer football camp. He returned to the Konawa lineup in late January.
“He is a good point guard,” Konawa coach Gordon Garner said. “He just makes us go.”