Not a cakewalk
Oktaha’s girls didn’t have that fate. The 2A No. 8 Lady Tigers (26-1) won their 14th consecutive game, to play No. 7 Colbert (24-4) at Wilburton.
Not that it’s a cakewalk now.
“We need one win to get to state but Colbert is very good and they beat (No. 13) Preston in their regional and I think Preston will get back to Saturday night,” he said. “We’re going to have to play extremely well for four quarters to stay in the game.”
Colbert, he said, presents some matchup problems the Lady Tigers haven’t been used to.
“They have lots of speed, lots of size and when you’re outmanned at every spot like we’ll be, we have to play smart,” he said.
“Regardless of what happens, this team is one I’m extremely proud of. They went way beyond what I thought they would and you want to get to a point of playing to go to state and that’s all I could ask for from this group. They’ve met my expectation. Anything else is icing on the cake.”
Lady Tigers tuning
4A No. 2 Fort Gibson (25-0) is sitting where it is accustomed to sitting, in an area final where the Lady Tigers await Friday’s matchup with No. 6 Byng (25-3).
The Lady Tigers were sluggish in defeating Inola 55-44 in Saturday’s regional final at Harrison Fieldhouse. Coach Jerry Walker has been busy getting his offense in sync and his defense ready for a test in athleticism.
“Offensively it’s just been cleaning things up and getting us where everyone is on the same page where we’re not out of pocket on our sets which was the biggest problem Saturday,” he said. “What we’re seeing from Byng offensively concerns me. They’re very athletic and they’ll take off from the dribble and get to the rim on you. We have to pressure them and keep the ball out of the lane all the while not letting them get looks from outside. They do both very well.”
The deep backdrop at Muskogee Civic Center, site of Friday’s 6:30 tipoff, gives some teams problems. Walker isn’t concerned.
“We’ve shot the ball pretty well when we’ve gone there for area before,” he said. “We’ve kind of got the same open area behind our baskets but I know teams go in there who aren’t used to it and struggle to adjust.”