Barnsdall High teams fall out of playoffs
For some area high school basketball teams, last weekend closed out their season journey — a journey that had began more than four-and-a-half-months earlier at the opening practice.
For others, their wins Friday or Saturday spring boarded them into this week’s regional games.
Both the Barnsdall and Copan programs saw their campaign end with weekend losses in the small schools’ regionals.
On the other end of the spectrum, Dewey boys, Nowata boys, Oklahoma Union girls and Caney Valley girls all are in the winner’s bracket as they enter their respective regional tournaments.
In fact, the Caney Valley girls and Oklahoma Union girls will collide at 6:30 p.m. Thursday — on the neutral court at Nowata — in a Class 2A regional semifinal battle. The winner will be assured of a spot in the area playoffs.
Following is a roundup of Barnsdall’s weekend regional games.
Boys: Oilton 66, Barnsdall 64 (OT)
The Barnsdall Panthers saw their marvelous campaign ended against Oilton in a Class A regional showdown Saturday.
Barnsdall finished the season at 21-5 — suffering two of its losses to Class 2A power Nowata, and another setback against the state’s Class A No. 1 ranked Frontier.
But, Oilton turned out to have just a bit more magic in Saturday’s fiercely-fought encounter.
“Oilton started off hot from the field and controlled the game early,” said Barnsdall head coach Clifton Warford.
Oilton extended its lead to 14 points before Barnsdall made its gritty push.
By halftime, the Panthers had pulled even, 29-29.
Oilton grinded to a four-point lead in the third period, 43-39.
“We took our first lead in the fourth period behind a Christian Warford three-pointer,” coach Warford noted. “Then we got a defense stop and Christian hit two free throws to put us by three points.”
But, Oilton hit key free throws down the stretch to force overtime, with the score knotted, 55-55.
The game was decided in overtime at the free throw line.
“We had a chance to win it late with a long three-pointer that didn’t go in,” coach Warford added. “I’m really proud of my boys and what they have accomplished this season.”
Christian Warford drilled the cords for 30 points to lead Saturday’s effort, followed by Braden Kelley with 14 and Derek Wilson with nine.
The Panthers graduate only one senior, Jacob Kelley.
Even though Barnsdall will miss his work ethic and leadership, the Panthers will be working hard in the offseason to get ready to try to make a deep playoff run next year, coach Warford said.
Oilton 66, Barnsdall 64 (ot)
Christian Warford 30, Braden Kelley 14, Derek Wilson 9, Michael Marin 6, Jacob Kelley 4, Reese 1.
Girls: Dewar 61, Barnsdall 52
Despite a 21-point explosion by Khailey Sofian — including four consecutive three-pointers — the Lady Panthers saw their season come to an end Friday in the Class A regionals.
Dewar surged to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter and never really looked back — even though Barnsdall inched to within eight points in the fourth quarter.
“We had trouble stopping them,” said Barnsdall head coach Joe Gilbert, referring to Dewar’s two top scorers, including Savannah Been (21 points).
Rounding out Barnsdall’s scorers were Kinnley Bloomfield, 10 points, Jasmine Shores, nine, Mikayla Kettles, six, Murphy, three, and Bailey Walkers, two.
Boys: Barnsdall 63, Summit Christian 49
Emerging from a loss against the state’s top-ranked team, the Barnsdall Panthers needed to win Friday to prolong their campaign in the Class A regionals.
Paced by Christian Warford and Derek Wilson with 29 and 17 points, respectively, Barnsdall leap-frogged over Summit Christian, which is guided by former Bartlesville Sooner High School and University of Tulsa head coach John Phillips.
Michael Marin added 10 points to round out Barnsdall’s top scorers.
On the defensive side, “we came out and stopped the ball really well,” said Barnsdall head coach Clifton Warford. “We made seven 3-pointers in the first half … and we handled their pressure well.”