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Chieftains take undefeated record into playoffs

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While getting games played due to COVID-19 has been a challenge, Calumet High School’s boys basketball team will start the Class A playoffs this weekend as one of just two undefeated teams in the top 20.

The Chieftains closed the regular season with a 72-35 blowout of Crescent despite a two-week break due to the virus. Calumet, ranked fifth in Class A, will take a 13-0 record into the Region 1, District 8 championship game against either Pond Creek-Hunter or Oklahoma Bible Academy.

Game time is 8 p.m. Saturday.

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After being denied buzzer-beater, ER girls win OT battle

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PIEDMONT – After being denied a game-winning basket at the buzzer, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team, ranked seventh in Class 5A, went on a 10-4 run in overtime to defeat Piedmont.

The 62-56 victory over the third-ranked Wildcats lifted El Reno to 9-4 on the season and 3-1 in the Suburban Conference standings. The Indians are 2-0 in games which count toward the title.

El Reno trailed by as many as seven in the fourth period but made a late run. Ashlyn Evans-Thompson’s jumper with 2:14 left in regulation cut Piedmont’s lead to three.

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Indians shoo out ’Cats

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PIEDMONT – A little over 24 hours after El Reno High School’s wrestling team defeated Piedmont, the boys basketball team made it a clean sweep of the Wildcats in Suburban Conference action.

Fueled by a 24-point blitz in the first period, El Reno rolled to a 78-54 win over Piedmont to sweep the season series on the hard court.

The victory moved El Reno, ranked 14th in Class 5A, to 7-7 on the season and 2-2 in the Suburban Conference standings. The Indians are 1-1 in games which count toward the title.

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ER matmen flex upper weights

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Sealed with key wins in the heavier weights, El Reno High School’s wrestling team earned its first win over cross-county rival Piedmont in more than five years.

The Indians, ranked sixth in the latest Class 5A dual rankings, defeated the Wildcats 42-33. The win over eighth-ranked Piedmont, postponed from early December, lifted El Reno to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 against Suburban Conference opponents.

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Matmen third in Chickasha Classic

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El Reno High School’s wrestling team, sitting fourth in the latest Class 5A tournament rankings, earned its third top-five finish of the season over the weekend.

The Indians racked up 193 points en route to a third-place finish in the 2021 Chickasha High School Classic. The field had 18 teams, with eight of the first 10 placers appearing in the top 20 of their respective rankings.

Shawnee, ranked sixth in 5A, won the team title with 207.5 points. Heritage Hall, ranked sixth in Class 4A, edged out El Reno by six and a half points for the runner-up spot.

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Lost hoops

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Both El Reno teams had games with Guthrie called off due to COVID-19 issues inside GHS’ program. The home games will be made up Feb. 8 with normal tipoff times.

 

Union City, OHS girls post wins

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Taytim Woods made nine straight free throws in overtime as Union City High School’s girls basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 43-33 win over Alex.

Union City improved to 5-8 on the season.

Woods missed her first free-throw attempt in the extra period before the game-sealing free throws. Makenzie DeLong added a free throw and Woods a 2-point basket as the Tigers outscored Alex 12-2 in overtime.

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Road stings

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KINGFISHER – An 8-0 run to start the second period proved to be a key turning point as Class 4A’s top-ranked Kingfisher pulled away from El Reno High School’s boys basketball team for a 64-40 victory – its 11th in a row.

The non-conference loss dropped El Reno, which slipped to 15th in the latest Class 5A poll, to 6-7 on the season.