ENID, Okla. —
A meeting of two ranked girls teams highlights the card on the Garfield County basketball schedule tonight.
Garber, ranked No. 19 in Class A, will visit Deer Creek-Lamont, No. 8 in Class B, in the final game before both teams open the playoffs this weekend.
The visiting Lady Wolverines (16-5) will be facing perhaps the hottest team in the area in the Lady Eagles, who have won seven straight.
DCLA’s wins have included two victories over Lomega, ranked No. 2 in B; and Timberlake, ranked No. 6. Jessica Blanton has averaged 14.1 points over that span. Katy Starr had 47 points in the two Lomega wins.
Garber’s boys (16-5) have won eight of their last nine games. DCLA (14-8) has won four straight.
In other county games tonight (girls records listed first):
Drummond (9-15, 20-4) at Okeene (9-12, 14-7) — The Bulldog boys, ranked No. 12 in Class A, try to come back from Friday’s 61-53 loss to Pond Creek-Hunter for the Skeltur Conference title. The Whippets have won three straight.
Drummond’s girls have lost 10 of their last 11 games. The Lady Whippets have lost five of their last six games.
Pond Creek-Hunter (20-3, 18-5) at OBA (8-12, 8-12) — The Lady Panthers, ranked No. 6 in Class A, have won six straight. Pond Creek-Hunter had its highest offensive production of the season in an 89-31 win over Drummond Friday.
It’s the third straight ranked opponent for the Lady Trojans, who lost to No. 3 Class A Frontier 62-30 and No. 3 2A Fairview 56-22 last week.
OBA’s boys have lost four straight, but gave Fairview a major scare Friday before falling 68-67. Adam Eaton had 28 points. The Panthers are riding the momentum of victories over conference rivals Garber 54-46 and Drummond 61-53 behind a season-high 20 points from T.J. Krittenbrink.
Ringwood (4-17, 10-11) at Covington-Douglas (5-16, 8-14) — Emotional game for Red Devil boys coach Nate Pearson, who both played and coached at Covington-Douglas, where his Red Devils will look to break a three-game losing streak.
The Wildcats have lost five of their last six games.
Covington-Douglas has lost four of its last five games, but the Lady Wildcats gave Garber a good game before falling 59-47 Friday. Hailey Kaiser had 16 points, while Calli Kaiser added 14. Ringwood’s girls have lost six straight.
Waukomis (15-7, 7-14) at Kremlin-Hillsdale (7-15, 1-21) — Waukomis’ girls are riding the momentum of back-to-back wins over Pioneer. Alexa Harris had 30 points in the two games, while Kacie Mack had 28.
Kremlin-Hillsdale’s girls have won four more games than they did last year under first-year coach Tana Turney. Katie Davis has four straight games in double figures.
Waukomis’ boys have lost six straight, including a 73-34 loss to Pioneer Friday. Justin Crites has had two 21-point games this season for the Chiefs. Kremlin-Hillsdale tries to bounce back from a 74-47 loss to Cimarron. Andre Lizar had a season-high 11 points.
Tonight’s Burlington at Mooreland game will have some title implications.
The visiting Elks can share the title with Cherokee at 6-1 with a win over the Bearcats, who are 4-2 in league play.
Burlington, 19-5, has won seven of its last eight games. Mooreland, 14-5, has won five of its last six.
The girls game will pit two ranked teams — the Lady Elks (20-4) are No. 4 in Class B, while Mooreland (18-1) is No. 14 in 2A.
Mooreland’s lone loss was to Timberlake 34-27 in overtime on Jan. 22. Timberlake beat Burlington 52-45 for the Orient title Friday.
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