Fort Cobb-Broxton tries to halt El Reno’s run in Warrior Classic
Scott Hines was bird hunting in a Caddo County field alone Sunday, wondering if the third time would be the charm.
And he wasn't thinking about birds.
Hines' top-ranked Fort Cobb-Broxton team will try to avoid a third consecutive year of losing to Class 5A No. 3 El Reno in the MidFirst Warrior Classic when the two meet in the finals at 7:20 p.m. Monday.
El Reno has won back-to-back titles and gone through Class A Fort Cobb both times (last year's finals and the 2015 semifinals).
"I'm sure it'd mean something a little extra (to the players)," Hines said. "We respect them. It's a game that will make you better either way. In our situation (as a much smaller school), there's nothing to lose, so, we're excited to play and get a little better."
El Reno graduated star swingman Christian Wassana, but returns guard Callen Haydon who had 26 points in last year's meeting. Post man Kale Owen, a longtime AAU teammate of Fort Cobb guard Cameron Hines, is also back.
"They're really, really good again," Hines said. "I thought when they lost Wassana that would hurt 'em, but they just found a guy to replace him. It just seems like they reload every year."