Two power surges caused the lights in State Fair Arena to go out twice Friday during the Class A and Class B semifinals.
The first happened between Class B girls semifinals and took around 10 minutes for the lights to come back. Once the lights were restored, both Red Oak and Lomega were granted 10 minutes of extra warmup time.
The second incident occurred with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter of the Class B boys semifinal between Okeene and Lookeba-Sickles. The lights were out for 14 minutes and the delay lasted around 20 minutes.
Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association officials said OG&E was unable to explain the first outage, and they believe the delay is due to the lights cooling and then restarting.
Power was not lost outside of the basketball arena.
Midseason mental swing boosted Kiowa
Kiowa coach Keith Quaid said he sensed a switch in his team midway through the season.
“They’ve overcome that mental hurdle,” Quaid said. “They believe they can do anything and that’s how they’re playing right now.”
Kiowa’s confidence started showing in the second half when they began driving to the rim.
“I told them at halftime that the dribble drive is going to be available because they are going to space out more to defend outside,” Quaid said. “And that’s exactly what happened.”
Confidence carrying Glencoe
Rallying from a 17-point deficit was a new challenge for the Glencoe boys, but they survived it just the same as all the others that they’ve come across during their 28-0 run to the Class A finals.
“This whole season, I don’t know if we’ve ever been down by more than two points,” senior guard Jake Lazenby said. “So this was totally different. We just had to keep chipping and playing Glencoe basketball.”