WAGONER — A couple of days off may have been good for the Miami Lady Wardogs.
Friday’s games at Wagoner will be the first action for the girls since last Friday and the MHS boys have been idle since last Saturday because of the bad weather that rolled in Sunday.
Conference games against Vinita on Tuesday were wiped out by the after effects of the storm. Most area schools were closed until today.
“I think I am OK with us leaving behind the way we played in the Sperry tournament,” Miami coach JohnCarl Morgan said. “I wasn’t pleased overall at all. None of us were. I am OK with leaving it behind and getting back to playing how we played against Rogers (Ark.) and Jay.
“We had a really poor showing for the most part at Sperry.”
The Lady Wardogs dropped a 51-41 decision to Barnsdall in the consolation finals at the Sperry Invitational.
They had suffered a 49-48 overtime loss to Bristow in the opening round, then bounced back to claim a 43-21 victory over Tulsa Holland Hall in losers’ bracket play.
Makayla Vail is the leading scorer for the Lady Wardogs at 11.2 points per game.
Miami’s boys suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night in the finals of the Sperry Invitational.
Tulsa Holland Hall held on for a 54-52 victory over the Dogs.
The Wardogs have three players scoring in double figures, topped by James Pickens at 13.8. The 5-10 senior guard was named to the all-tournament team at Sperry
Both Wagoner teams are 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
It’s a completely new look for the Wagoner boys, who have no starters back and a new coach.
Shedrick Jones, who guided Boynton to the Class B state championship in 2000, succeeded Joe Gordon, who spent 21 seasons at Wagoner.
The Lady Bulldogs also have a new coach in Jade Allison. “They are doing a few new things,” Morgan said. “They are pressing a lot, going to the ball hard, working some traps. It will be interesting to see how our guards respond to that pressure.”
Wagoner has three starters back from a team that won only eight games in 2007-08.
Janae McJunkins, a 5-6 junior, averaged 15.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a year ago.
“She dropped 24 and 23 on us last year,” Morgan said “She will be something we have to deal with.”
Miami’s next action after Friday will be Jan. 6 at Grove.