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Bright futures ahead of state tourney teams

Will Class 2A through 6A be able to provide an encore after the thrilling show Class A and B put on this past weekend in the state tournament?

Six overtime games were featured last weekend, three of which required double overtime to settle a winner.

Top that, big schools.

Two of our beloved area teams fell victim to such overtime games as the Duke boys (26-4) lost in overtime to defending Class B champion Calumet, 67-64, in the quarterfinals while the Granite girls (20-11) pushed top seed Varnum to the limit before falling in double overtime, 55-50.

Despite holding a brief third quarter lead, the Cyril girls (20-6) were ambushed in the second half by traditional powerhouse Okarche, 42-19.

The Indiahoma boys (27-5), despite shooting 30 fewer free throws than the opposition, took Leedey wire-to-wire before falling just short, 66-62.

The Cyril boys (24-5) had the defending Class A champs holding their breath before falling at the buzzer in the semifinals, 50-49.

So the 4-5 record for opening weekend wasn't too shabby for Southwest Oklahoma teams.

Close may only count in horse shoes, but you have to admire the fight out of the five teams that gave it their all and had remarkable seasons which should be applauded despite not hoisting a Gold Ball on Saturday.

After all, not every team can be a state champion.

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