By Mike Tupa


As the old R&B song says, “Let the good times roll.”

That sentiment applies to the Dewey High School boys’ basketball team like stripes on a tiger.

Even though their leading scorer struggled with foul woes and defensive attention, the Bulldoggers still bulldozed to their seventh-straight victory, 66-40, on Friday, at Caney Valley High School.

“I thought our defense was good from tip to end,” said Dewey head coach Lance Knight, who saw his team improve to 8-2 overall.

But, he praised the Caney Valley Trojans for their strong play.

“They didn’t go away,” he said. “They kept fighting and kept working.”

Dewey led by double-digits — but Caney Valley remained in striking distance — at halftime, 32-19.

The Doggers shook out the win by outscoring the Trojans, 34-21, in the second half.

Blayz Rippy — who averages a team-best 20 points per game — checked in with eight points. Kameron Hayes and Caston Frye picked up the slack with 21 and 13 points, respectively; Hayden Thornton scored 10.

“Blayz picked up two fouls real quick,” said Knight. “I didn’t play him the whole first half. Kameron had a great game.”

Christian Colbert racked up 19 points for Caney Valley (8-5), followed by Brandon Fogle with nine.

Dewey 66, Caney Valley 40


Kameron Hayes 21, Caston Frye 13, Hayden Thornton 10, Caden Baughn 9, Blayz Rippy 8, Colby Henley 5.

Caney Valley

Christian Colbert 19, Brandon Fogle 9, Trent Gagan 3, Hopkins 3, Eli Lucas 3, Christian Ballew 2.

Barnsdall 65, Woodland 39

Woodland High School’s boys’ basketball team can say one good thing about Thursday’s 65-39 loss to Barnsdall High School.

At least — barring a chance encounter in the Class A playoffs — the Cougars won’t have to meet the Barnsdall Panthers again.

In their two encounters this season, Barnsdall (11-2) buried the Cougars by a cumulative score of 125-87.

“Our defensive effort tonight was about as good as we’ve played all year,” said Panther head coach Clifton Warford about Thursday’s 26-point pounding, in Woodland. “We scored a lot of transition buckets because of good, solid pressure defense.”

Christian Warford and Derek Wilson pumped in 22 and 15 points, respectively, to lead Barnsdall’s scoring sheet — followed by Michael Marin with 14 points. Warford scored half of his points with 11-of-11 from the free throw line.

Woodland displayed plenty of spine and spit in the first two quarters, holding Barnsdall to just a five-point lead at halftime, 23-18.

The Panthers begin in third quarter to effect separation, pouncing out to a 12-point advantage, 42-30.

Barnsdall saved its best for last, outscoring Woodland by 14 in the final period, 23-9.

In addition to 15 points, Wilson added seven boards and five assists.

But, coach Warford felt ‘D’ was the main ‘D’ — as in different.

“I’m very proud of how the boys stepped it up on that side of the ball all night long,” he said. “We rebounded the ball well, too, which is always a plus for our undersized team.”

Coach Warford summed up in one word his team’s performance: “Heart.”

Barnsdall 65, Woodland 39

Barnsdall 9-14-19-23—65

Woodland 8-10-12-9—39


Christian Warford 22, Derek Wilson 15, Michael Marin 14, Braden Kelley 6, Jacob Kelley 3, Ely Reese 3, Gaines 2.


Redden 10, Gordon 8, Rhodes 7, Burch 5, Bledsoe 4, Moore 3, Holloway 2.

Copan 64, Hominy 54

Copan appears to be finding its shooting stroke.

The Hornets boasted two 20-point scorers — Garrick Askew, 25, and Colt Raemhild, 23, during the 10-point road win Friday at Hominy.

“It was a good win,” said Copan head coach Kevin Foreman. “It was a good game to watch. We were down 10 at half. We were playing well, but we had some key turnovers late in the second quarter that allowed them to go up by 10.”

In the second half, “we just quit turning the ball over,” Foreman continued. “We picked up our defense and rebounding and limited (Hominy) to one shot.”

The Hornets trailed by two points heading into the fourth period and then made their move.

They outscored Hominy, 30-18, in the final period — including hitting 13-of-18 from the free throw stripe.

The Hornets “played good,” said Foreman. “I was proud of them.”

Copan 64, Hominy 64


Garrick Askew 25, Colt Raemhild 23, Colt Brizendine 7, Aaron Hunt 4, Dalton King 3, Sam Lannan 2.

WCS 79, Lakewood 65

Balanced scoring, thy name is Wesleyan Christian School.

The Mustangs boasted not one, not two, not four, but five double-digit scorers in Friday’s 14-point win against Lakewood Christian.

With 28 points, Desmond Thompson topped the explosive list, followed by Kaehl Smith with 17, Jerrell Martin with 12, Austin Cobb with 10, and Levi Harper with 10.

Seth Thomas scored the other two points for the Mustangs, which improved to 7-5 on the season.

“I think that was probably our best offensive night of the year,” said WCS head coach Kameron Nettleton. “We executed really well. We were patient and got the looks we needed.”

WCS split its points between its transition game and half-court offense, Nettleton added.

Lakewood Christian kept it close the first half, trailing by only eight at halftime, 44-36.

But, WCS outscored its beleaguered foe, 19-9, in the third quarter to put down the hammer.

“We kind of held them off at the end,” Nettleton added.

Next up, the Mustangs play at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the opening round of the Caney Valley Tournament .

in Ramona.