CATOOSA — Luther and Preston provide the opposition for Wyandotte in the Class 2A Area II tournament that begins Thursday, March 1 at Catoosa.
The Lady Bears (22-6) tackle Luther (19-7) at 1:30 p.m. while the No. 18 WHS boys (22-5) are paired against seventh-ranked Preston (17-11) at 3 p.m. in elimination games.
Wyandotte advanced with wins Monday, Feb. 26, at Nowata.
The Lady Bears topped No. 14 Oklahoma Union 45-38.
The Bears used a big fourth quarter to upend Kiefer 52-42.
Thursday’s other girls’ elimination game pits No. 3 Dale (25-4) against No. 11 Caney Valley (20-6) at 6:30 p.m.
Chouteau, ranked 16th in 2A, battles fifth-ranked Kiefer (25-0) in the 6:30 p.m. winners’ bracket final on Friday, March 2.
Dale (17-12), ranked 20th, battles No. 4 Ketchum (21-4) at 8 p.m. Thursday in the other boys’ elimination game.
No. 9 Luther (21-4) has been paired against No. 15 Nowata (21-3) in the winners bracket final at 8 p.m. Friday.
Thursday’s winners still must win another two games to reach next weekend’s state tournament.
Boys: Wyandotte 52, Kiefer 42
Wyandotte converted on 14 of 26 free throws as part of a 21-point fourth quarter burst.
Kiefer was up 13-4 after the first quarter, then the Bears chipped away at the deficit with a 14-9 edge in the second frame.
The Trojans carried a 36-31 lead into the final stanza.
Brendan Cooper had 14 points for Wyandotte, followed by Jacob Burney and Jordon Burney with nine each.
Ryan Cooper and Cody Teal scored six and four points, respectively.
Kole Harbison scored 17 to lead Kiefer’s scoring.
Girls: Wyandotte 45, Oklahoma Union 38
The Lady Bears avenged a 54-40 loss to Oklahoma Union in the district finals a week ago.
It was just the second win for Wyandotte in the last 10 meetings with OU dating back to 2010.
The Wyandotte girls now have won five of their last six and 11 of the last 13 since back-to-back losses to Welch and Chouteau in January.
The Lady Bears saw a 5-3 first-quarter lead turn into a 13-13 tie at the half.
Oklahoma Union held a 14-12 edge in the third quarter but the Lady Bears used a 21-11 advantage in the fourth to pull out the win.
Tarrah Stephens had another big game for Wyandotte, scoring 30 points, including 13 in the final stanza.
She had 36 in a 77-64 triple-overtime win against Nowata in consolation play Saturday.
Stephens connected on 13 field goals added another four free throws.
Aranda Nair contributed seven points, Jillian Swanger and Makinze Powell had three and Kylee Severs chipped in with two.
Chesnie Hewitt scored 14 and Elsa Mathews had 12.