CLAREMORE – Miami tips off the high school basketball season Tuesday, Nov. 28, with Verdigris Valley Conference games against Claremore Sequoyah.

“I am looking forward to the first game,” MHS girls coach Chuck Preaus said. “I believe we match up well with Sequoyah. The girls have worked very hard and are ready to play.”

Assisting Preaus this season will be Robert Neill, who previously had been at Jones.

“He is very knowledgeable,” Preaus said.

The Lady Wardogs are looking to improve on a 2-20 record in 2016-2017.

The only wins came against Quapaw in the Afton tournament and Jay at home, 47-41.

Miami went 1-11 in the Valley, with Jay the only win.

The Lady Wardogs dropped two straight in the post season, falling 55-29 to Inola in the district round and 56-25 to Oologah in the regional.

“It’s a tough opener on the road where we will have to face a tough matchup zone,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “Sequoyah plays that defense far different than anything we will see. We will have to be really sharp with our ball movement and reads.

“Because of that, we will need to be good defensively and on the boards.”

Both meetings were low scoring, with Miami netting 38 and 41 points. The Dogs averaged 46.2 ppg in 22 games.

The Miami boys finished 8-17 overall and 3-9 in the conference.

They got two wins over Oologah in the regular season and one vs. Wagoner.

The Wardogs lost to Inola 61-58 in district play here, and then remained alive with a 44-41 victory over Oologah.

Cleveland eliminated the Wardogs, 66-50

Miami travels to Fort Gibson Friday, Dec. 1.