Archive - Feb 2012 - Sports Article
Being one of the 26 teams that are left standing can be an exciting thing for the Hooker boys basketball team. They are just three wins away from the state tournament and will play against Pawnee Thursday for the first area game at Enid.
The Bulldogs have had to travel for every playoff game since winning the district championship, making it even more of a challenge. In the past week Hooker has traveled 460 miles for games at Mooreland and Seiling. For Thursdayâ€™s game they will travel yet another 222 miles to play against Pawnee.
As the season has ended down for almost all of the local teams it is that time of year when the top players earn their seasonal honors.
This weekâ€™s honors go the High Plains All-Conference teams which were named this week. The All-Conference players were divided up and last night they faced off against one another in some exciting games.
On both the boys and girls side there were some very talented teams in the area. Boise City girls were ranked in the top ten for much of the season. Both the Tyrone and Goodwell boys teams made it to the regional consolation championship.
WOODWARD â€“ Just two wins from state Goodwell faced off against Fargo in hopes to get to go to Oklahoma City. What was only a five-point game at the end of the first quarter slowly turned into a double-digit loss for the Eagles. The final game of the Goodwell season would end Friday afternoon 60-37.
After a big win Thursday night against Shattuck, Goodwell was faced with the challenge of beating Fargo and winning one more game in order to go to state. The Eagles fought hard against one of the top teams in the state, but fell short in the second half.
SEILING - After suffering a heartbreaking loss the night before it was a challenge for Hooker to see if they could come back and win in the consolation bracket against Depew Friday night. While things did not start out as smoothly as they might have hoped, the Bulldogs were able to come away with a solid 55-42 win.
In a game that started out slowly for Hooker they started out by only scoring nine points in the first quarter.
â€śItâ€™s tough coming off a big emotional loss from the night before. I thought we were kind of in quicksand a little bit early on,â€ť said Hooker coach Bud Valerius.
SEILING - After losing the first regional game Thursday night against Alva it would have been easy for Hooker to fall apart and lose their second game to end the season. They did not fall apart, but instead beat Oklahoma City Christian Heritage 47-44 on Saturday afternoon to advance themselves to area.
On Friday night Hooker defeated Depew in the 8 p.m. game to put them in the regional consolation championship. The next morning they turned around and drove right back to Seiling in the hope that they could continue their season.
GUYMON - Taking on the number six team in the state for the first playoff game was a tough challenge for the Lady Tigers last night. Despite hanging in the game for the first half, eventually Bishop-McGuiness was able to get the 51-29 win.
Guymon was not intimidated early on in the game last night. Bishop-McGuiness was able to come out flying in the first quarter, running a quick transition offense to their post player practically every time down the court.
WOODWARD - The Goodwell boys are fighting their way through Area in the consolation bracket. They were able to beat Shattuck last night 58-46 to continue their season another day.
It was a close game from beginning to end with Goodwell behind 10-11 after one and 17-19 at halftime. After halftime the Eagles had a huge 22 point third quarter to give them their first lead of the game. That lead would never be relinquished by Goodwell and they would hold on to win.
Despite lacking some height the Eagles post players did a good job of winning the rebounding battle.
MOORELAND - Hookerâ€™s boys basektball team has been in more than one close game this season. Three of their last four games have been decided by ten points or fewer. Last nightâ€™s playoff game against Alva was decided by just one basket in the final minutes. Unlike their last 12 games this one did not end in their favor, as the Goldbugs defeated them 41-40.
In a game that was anticipated to be entertaining and exciting, Alva vs. Hooker did not disappoint.
MOORELAND - In a game where Hooker was without one of their top scorers and did not hold a lead until the final 27 seconds, the final shot was a heartbreaker. Alva won against the Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon in a game that was decided by a buzzer beater for a one-point, 41-40 win.
The game went down to the wire on Thursday afternoon, and with a strong defensive effort by the Bulldogs they were able to give themselves a chance to win the game.
â€śWe were down the whole game, we fought and we battled for the entire time,â€ť said Hooker coach Ray Kennedy.
GUYMON - In their second overtime game of the week Tyrone was able to reverse their luck and come out on top. Despite losing to Balko in overtime the night before the Bobcats were able to land the 59-51 win.
Tyrone started things of slow in the first two quarters and couldnâ€™t get their shots to fall. Gage on the other hand came out firing, hoping to prolong their season.
Their was sloppy play on both ends of the court in the early going, neither team managing to handle the ball very well. It benefited gage who took advantage of some Bobcat turnovers and gained the early 11-6 lead.