High school notebook: Large-school playoff pairings out this week

5A powers Carl Albert, Guthrie and Capitol Hill will be assigned to east brackets for basketball playoffs
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JASON KERSEY, RYAN ABER AND THE TULSA WORLD Published: February 6, 2012
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The Class 5A and 6A basketball playoff pairings are set to be released by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association on Thursday.

Voting for the seedings took into account all games played through the weekend.


As usual, a few west-side teams had to be bracketed with east teams to balance the number of schools on each side.

This year, two Class 6A teams and three 5A teams were moved to the east side.

In Class 6A, Edmond North and Westmoore were sent to the east.

In Class 5A, Carl Albert, Guthrie and Capitol Hill were moved to the east. The move is particularly impactful on the boys side, where those three schools are all ranked in the top 12 of the class. Carl Albert moved ahead of Del City to No. 1 in last week's poll.

The Carl Albert girls are ranked No. 4, so their move to the east opens a spot for another west team to get to the state tournament.

HIGHT HAS BIG RETURN

Bishop McGuinness senior Elyse Hight, who suffered torn muscles in her hip in practice on Jan. 9, returned to action Saturday in the Irish's 51-45 win over Tulsa Bishop Kelley and led all scorers with 23 points.

Hight, who missed 10 games with the injury, helped lead the Irish to the Class 5A championship last season as a junior.

This season, she was averaging over 20 points a game before the injury.

She was on crutches for about a week after injuring her hip, and then began an intense rehabilitation regimen.

The McGuinness girls, who are 16-5 and ranked No. 6 in 5A, went 8-2 in Hight's absence and said they dedicated their performance to her.

“That pushed me to work so much harder to get back into it,” Hight said. “To hear them say they played for me when I was having a hard time was really uplifting.”

PETRINO HELPS LAND MIDWEST CITY DUO IN SOUTH DAKOTA

After defensive coordinator Jason Petrino left the University of Central Oklahoma, he didn't take his eye away from the state when he get a job as the defensive coordinator at South Dakota.



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