FAIRLAND — The Commerce girls and Wyandotte boys are on the fast track to the Class 2A Area III basketball tournament thanks to wins here Thursday night.
The Lady Tigers squeezed out a 46-40 victory over Wyandotte in a girls’ winners’ bracket game.
Then on the boys’ side, Wyandotte held off a fourth-quarter rally by Commerce to register a 50-42 decision.
The Lady Tigers now faces seventh-ranked Oktaha in the Area III regional final at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ketchum.
Oktaha advanced with a 66-19 drubbing of Ketchum.
The Lady Bears hope to stave off elimination today when they face Gore at 6:30 p.m.
Gore remained alive with a 70-40 victory against Foyil.
Wyandotte tackles No. 3 Oktaha in the boys’ regional final at 8 p.m. Saturday, also at Ketchum.
Oktaha outgunned Foyil 77-70 in their winners’ bracket semi at Ketchum.
All four of Saturday’s finalists advance to next weekend’s Area III tournament at Bixby.
The CHS boys also have been paired against Gore today at 8 p.m.
The Pirates ousted Ketchum 66-51.
In other games here Thursday, the Quapaw girls remained alive with a 45-26 victory over Fairland.
They face Ketchum today at 1:30 p.m.
Fairland’s boys advanced with a 46-36 decision against Quapaw.
The Owls meet Foyil today at 3 p.m.
Commerce girls 46, Wyandotte 40
Jacey Knight downed three of four free throws in the final 25 seconds to ice the win for the Lady Tigers.
“We missed some one-and-ones early and a lot of times, that will coast you — but late in the game, we made them,” Commerce coach Jerry Myers said.
The Lady Tigers converted on six of nine chances in the final quarter, when Wyandotte was turning up the heat.
Commerce carried a 29-25 lead into the final stanza, but the Lady Bears made things interesting when Abbi Munson drilled a 3-point goal to cut the gap to one.
The teams traded off buckets, then Commerce went on a 5-0 run to open up a six-point cushion, 36-30, with 4:39 to play.
Kristen Enyart scored from outside for Wyandotte, but CHS’ Knight buried a 3-pointer to bump the lead to 39-32 at the 3:06 mark.
Munson’s fifth trey of the night started a 6-2 rally by the Lady Bears that slashed the deficit down to 41-38 with 80 seconds left.
Kourtney Reading and Munson traded off free throws, leaving Commerce with a 43-40 cushion.
Knight iced the victory for the Lady Tigers with her late free throws.
Three players scored in double figures for Commerce, topped by Reading with 13.
Courtney Watson scored 12 points and Knight added 11.
Munson accounted for 28 of the Lady Bears’ 40 points.
“It was a great effort by the girls,” Myers said.
Wyandotte boys 50, Commerce 42
The Bears methodically opened up what appeared to be a comfortable 16-point lead late in the game.
They were up 36-22 heading into the final stanza but back-to-back buckets by Dusty Williams pared the deficit down to 11 with 6:34 left.
Wyandotte got the lead back up to 16 when Shane Friend hit a free throw and Brycen Johnston downed four straight in a 15-second span.
Follow shots by Blake Witten and Zach Barnes made it 42-30 with 3:39 to play, but the Bears used a 5-1 burst to pull away again, this time going up 47-31 with 2:21 remaining.
A trey by Williams started an 11-1 burst by Commerce, melting the WHS lead down to 48-42 with 10.2 seconds left.
Two free throws by Johnston at the 3.2-second mark sealed the win for the Bears.
Wyandotte jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter then coasted into the half with a 19-11 advantage.
Friend had a game-high 19 points for the Bears, who also picked up 12 from Johnston.
Williams scored 15 for Commerce. Barnes added 12.
Wyandotte 10 7 8 15 — 40
Commerce 12 12 5 17 — 46
Wyandotte — Munson 28, Enyart 5, Stone 4, Oleman 3.
Commerce — Reading 13, C. Watson 12, Knight 11, Herrera 6, M. Watson 4.
3-point goals — Munson 5, Enyart 1, Reading 2, Knight 1.
Wyandotte 12 7 17 14 — 50
Commerce 8 7 11 20 — 42
Wyandotte — Friend 19, Johnston 12, Martin 6, Sparks 5, Durborow 4, Butterfield 2, Zabel 2.
Commerce — Williams 15, Barnes 12, Arizpe 5, Ratliff 4, Bowling 2, Witten 2, Richard 2.
3-point goals — Johnston, 1, Friend 1, Williams 2, Arizpe1.