FAIRLAND — No scouting reports will be necessary for the four schools who are playing in Class 2A Area III regional sub-site games here Thursday.
Quapaw meets Fairland for the fourth time this season in afternoon elimination games and Wyandotte squares off against Commerce for the third time in evening in winners’ bracket contests.
Commerce and Wyandotte split the regular season meetings, Wyandotte posting a sweep on Dec. 5 while Commerce won both games when the teams played on Jan. 20.
“They have gotten better as the season progressed,” Wyandotte coach Paul Duncan said. “We got them early — they had just come out of football a couple weeks before. They played really well at their place. They forced us to do some things we normally don’t do.”
The Bears rolled 63-27 when the teams played at Commerce in the first meeting, but suffered a 56-45 loss on Jan. 20.
“Coach Fenderson (Commerce coach Tom Fenderson) has done a great job with his kids,” Duncan said. “They are playing hard and have improved as they’ve gone.”
Duncan thinks depth has been a key to the Bears’ success.
“The guys off the bench have done a really good job,” he said. “Tyler Buckallew has done a good job coming off the bench and making things happen. Dakota (Sparks) is getting better each game out.
Sparks, averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds, missed 10 games with a foot injury.
Shane Friend and Zach Butterfield are averaging about 12 points per game to lead the Wyandotte scoring.
“I have three in double digits and three or four others around 5 or 6 (point) mark,” Duncan said. “It makes us dangerous because you never know. Hopefully we will shoot the ball better than we did over there.”
Wyandotte’s girls picked up a 34-25 victory on Dec. 5 while the Lady Tigers claimed a 51-47 decision on Jan. 20.
Fairland’s boys took two of the three meetings with Quapaw, winning 55-49 on Dec. 12 in the Afton Coca-Cola Classic and 58-45 at home on Jan. 9. Quapaw marked its homecoming with a 57-26 romp on Feb. 6.
Quapaw has won the three previous meetings with the Lady Owls — 61-24 on Dec. 9 in the Afton tournament, 44-24 at Fairland on Jan. 9 and 35-27 at home on Feb. 6.
The winners here move on to Ketchum for play on Friday and Saturday.
Four elimination games will be played Friday with two more elimination games and the regional finals on Saturday.
The Area III tournament will be played next weekend at Bixby.