CATOOSA — Lucky 7 Conference rival Ketchum dashed the state tournament dreams of the Wyandotte boys here Friday, March 2.
The fourth-ranked Warriors squeezed out a 67-59 win over WHS in a Class 2A Area II elimination game.
The No. 18 Bears had remained alive with an 81-75 win over Preston on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Wyandotte’s girls saw their season come to an end Thursday with a 71-51 loss to Luther.
“We just fell a little short,” Wyandotte coach J.K. Wayne said. “It’s not an easy matchup for us. Their size gives us a little problem and we didn’t make some shots we normally make.
“Give them credit, they guarded us pretty good.”
The Bears (23-6) had dropped a 78-66 decision to Ketchum in a league game on Feb. 3.
Ketchum (23-4) faced Nowata in Saturday night’s consolation final with a state tournament berth up for grabs.
“It’s pretty wide open right now in 2A,” Wayne said. “There are a lot of teams in the running. I felt we were one of them if we got the right roll and made some shots.”
Wyandotte fell behind 23-10 in the first quarter against Ketchum, but played on even terms with the Warriors the rest of the way.
WHS held a 15-9 edge in the second quarter and 15-13 in the third.
Ketchum outscored the Bears 22-19 over the final eight minutes.
Five in double figures for the Warriors, topped by conference MVP Jayden Martin with 19.
Tyler Goins and Miles Monical scored 13 each and Parker Risman and Hunter Chandler each had 10.
Jacob Burney, Ryan Cooper and Brendan Cooper combined for 39 of the Bears points. Each scored 13.
Jordon Burney and Trey Jones had nine each while Cody Teal chipped in with two.
“We had a good year,” Wayne said. “We made a good run at it. I am proud of them.”
Wyandotte 81, Preston 75
The Bears built up a big enough lead through three periods to hold off Preston in the fourth.
Wyandotte led 20-13 after one and 44-29 at intermission then the teams played to a 19-19 stalemate in the third frame.
The Pirates held a 27-18 advantage in the final stanza.
Jones pumped in 27 points (getting 12 in the second) while Ryan Cooper added 23.
Jordon Burney scored eight, Brendan Cooper six and Jacob Burney five for Wyandotte.
C.J. Cochran — who scored 57 points earlier in the season against Henryetta — was Porter’s leading scorer with 25.
J. Scot Fife added 19 and Turner Howk finished with 10.
“It’s just been a fun season for Wyandotte,” Wayne said. “Our girls played well too. I am proud of the girls, too.”
Girls: Luther 71, Wyandotte 51
Unable to overcome an 11-point first quarter deficit, the Lady Bears finished their season with a 22-7 record.
Luther jumped out to a 22-11 lead in the opening frame then carried a 33-26 advantage into the break.
Luther continued to pull away in the second half with 21-14 and 17-11 margins.
The Lady Bears’ leading scorer again was Tarrah Stephens, who tallied 26 points.
Aranda Nair joined her in double figures with 10.
Makenzi Powell and Jillian Swonger followed with eight and seven points, respectively.
Maia Wright scored 21 to head up the Luther scoring.
Kaitlyn Kesler had 15 and Caitlin Bailey contributed 13.
Luther (21-7) upset No. 3 Dale 41-27 on Friday. Chouteau eliminated the Lady Lions Saturday night in the consolation final.