Heritage Hall will be making its first appearance in the state tournament since 1977.
The Chargers are 20-5 in their third year under coach Chris Hamilton. Their balanced attack is led by another Chris Hamilton, the coach’s son, whose point guard play has been a key to the team’s success.
“He’s a natural scorer, but if he’s getting doubled or getting a team’s best defender, sometimes he’s a decoy,” said coach Hamilton. “But luckily we have other guys that can step up score. We’ve got really good balance.
“(Heritage Hall) has been known for having success in several sports and I’ve wanted our basketball to get to that level of those other sports. I think I’m lucky to be here and I hope we can build a reputation for basketball here, too.”
CENTENNIAL SENIORS CAPPING IMPRESSIVE RUN
Centennial seniors Austin Garner, Malcolm Mitchell Jr., and Corneilus McKiver will finish their careers this weekend as the group who helped put the school’s basketball program on the map.
They’ve been to the state tournament four consecutive years, winning two gold balls, at the seven-year-old school.
Garner averages team highs with 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, helping lead Centennial to a 24-2 record in coach Garrette Mantle’s first season.
GUINN, WINGFIELD LEAD WAY FOR OKEMAH
Austin Guinn, the reigning Class 3A Player of the Year, can do it all for Okemah.
The senior averages 17 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists per game. John Wingfield, Guinn’s stepbrother, averages 14 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers.
Okemah (26-1) was state runner-up last season and is 16-0 against Class 3A competition this season. The Panthers’ only loss came against Class 5A No. 1 Bishop McGuinness.
SEQUOYAH-TAHLEQUAH’S GREEN HITS 1,000 POINTS
Sequoyah-Tahlequah senior Caisen Green surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career during a 64-55 win over Verdigris in the area championship game.
Green, who leads Sequoyah-Tahlequah (23-3) with 19 points per game this season, enters the state tournament with 1,016 for his career.