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Seeking State tournament berth

Washington plays Holdenville Friday at 6 p.m. in Seminole

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The Lady Warrior basketball team plays Holdenville Friday night in the Area tournament with a ticket to the State tournament on the line.

They tip off at 6 p.m. in Seminole.

They defeated Lexington (60-24) and Sequoyah Tahlequah (65-45) in the Regional tournament.

Lexington

Washington got out to a fast start in the game and led 20-5 at the end of the first quarter.

Breanna Lindert scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in that quarter.

The score was extended to 38-9 by halftime.

Shelbie Caveness was also in double figures in the game with 13 points.

“We played really hard in the (in the Regional tournament) and did a better job of what we call ‘getting after it’,” head coach Kale Simon said. “We’re turning the corner and playing our best ball of the year.”

Sequoyah Tahlequah

The Warriors outscored Sequoyah Tahlequah by 10 points in the scond quarter to blow the game open.

They later slammed the door closed with a 20-point fourth quarter.

Kelby Beller scored a game-high 16 points.

Preslee Johnson had 15 points and Lindert scored 12.

Holdenville

Simon says Holdenville will have a balanced offensive attack when they face off Friday.

“They’re well mixed on offense with a couple really good shooters, a super physical inside girl a good point guard with good vision and another playmaker,” Simon said. “It will be a tough matchup.”

He said his team’s mindset is right as they head into the Area finals.

“We’re all excited for where we are,” Simon said. “We’re in the right frame of mind to put ourselves in position to win our last game.”

Boys

The Washington boys basketball team’s season ended in the Regional tournament after they fell to Kellyville, 46-39.

Crooked Oak

After making it into the winner’s bracket, they matched up with Class 3A No. 3 Crooked Oak and were handed a 65-38 defeat.

“They’re a really good basketball team,” head coach Trevor Smith said. “they are really quick and can shoot.”

Washington was well in the game at halftime, only down by seven points.

“We were competing really well,” Smith said.

Crooked Oak held the Warriors to eight points in the third quarter while scoring 18 points themselves.

“They were really disciplined down the stretch,” Smith said.

Teagen Foster led the team with nine points, followed by Jeremiah Tontz with eight and Mason Adams with seven.

After the loss, Washington was sent to the consolation bracket where they faced Okmulgee.

They won the game 52-40 and advanced to play Kellyville.

Kellyville

Washington had a difficult time scoring the ball against Kellyville.

“We stuggled to score and only finished with 39 points,” Smith said. “We missed some open shots and couldn’t overcome that.”

They game was tied 23-23 at halftime.

Kellyville came out of the halftime locker room and went to a box and one to try to contain Adams.

Washington finished the season with a record of 13-14.

“We were in a ton of two-possession games and competed really hard in a ton of close games,” Smith said. “I appreciate their effort while they competed hard in dog fights all year.”

Smith said he appretiated what the senior class meant to the team this season.

“They were positive for the program,” he said. “Jerry (Tontz) handled a big load this season and Cage (Morris) brought a size advantage for us. Noah (Ladlee) shot it well and had a great senior year. Kade (Norman) brought a lot of energy and brought it to practice every day. I’m glad we had him.”

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