Top-ranked Anadarko and No. 6 Byng are both waiting to see what their first-round matchup will be on Thursday at Southern Nazarene University.
Mount St. Mary and Heritage Hall play at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Yukon to determine the final spot in the tournament, forcing the OSSAA to release two potential brackets.
If Heritage Hall wins, Anadarko opens against the Chargers at 7 p.m. and Byng plays Vinita. If Mount St. Mary wins, it opens against Byng at 8:30 p.m. and Anadarko faces Vinita.
“A lot of coaches have the tendency — if we have too much time — to over-practice or over-gameplan,” Anadarko coach Jeff Zinn said. “At least we won't be doing that; we'll have a couple of days to look at what they're going to do and get ready to play.”
Anadarko, though, has faced Vinita three times in the first round the past four years. The Warriors, however, finally came out on top, winning the matchup last season in the semifinals.
“I talked to people from Anadarko and they always cringe when I say ‘Vinita' because I think they had lost to them several times in the first round,” Zinn said.
“I think last year changed some of that stuff.”
ROOF SPARKING YOUNG WEATHERFORD
Six-foot-1 junior Chandler Roof has provided a versatile threat this season in guiding Weatherford back to the state tournament after a year hiatus.
“She makes it tough on other defenses because we can move her around,” Weatherford coach Dusty Torrey said. “They've got to come out and guard her outside, plus we move her inside, and she's just athletic. That puts a little more pressure on defenses.”
Roof, the daughter of Weatherford athletic director and former Oklahoma State football player Woody Roof, is averaging 18.8 points and 8.1 rebound per game. She has a verbal offer from Wichita State and is receiving interest from OSU, Arkansas-Little Rock, North Texas and Oral Roberts.
Weatherford (25-2) opens against Fort Gibson (26-1) on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
FORT GIBSON RETURNS THE HARD WAY
For the ninth straight year, Fort Gibson is back in the state tournament.
And it had to make it the hard way after losing to Byng in the area championship game for its first loss this season. The Tigers beat Muldrow on Saturday, though, to advance.
“I really was proud of our girls for coming back the next day because losing on Friday is one thing, but when it's your first loss of the season and you lose on Friday and then you've got to regroup, then it's a little tougher,” Fort Gibson coach Jerry Walker said.
Walker brought his team back to Fort Gibson after the loss and immediately set their sights on Muldrow with a walkthrough, film and pizza.
“That way they went to bed that night with Muldrow on their mind instead of Byng on their mind,” he said. “Just try to change the scenery and change the setup, and it worked.”