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Class A basketball: Your 5-minute guide to the state tournament

Fort Cobb-Broxton's Tyson Eastwood shoots over Cyril's Eli Barger during last year's Class A boys basketball championship game at State Fair Arena. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Fort Cobb-Broxton's Tyson Eastwood shoots over Cyril's Eli Barger during last year's Class A boys basketball championship game at State Fair Arena. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]


The Oklahoman’s championship picks

Cameron Jourdan: Fort Cobb-Broxton. The Mustangs have been to five straight finals and will use last season’s shortcoming as motivation for another title.

James D. Jackson: Garber. The Wolverines return everyone from their 2019 state tournament team. Their experience will lead them to their first title since 2010.

Nick Sardis: Fort Cobb-Broxton. The Mustangs haven’t lost since Jan. 11 and boast a 25-2 record heading into the state tournament.

Three players to watch

Ty Eastwood, Jr., Fort Cobb-Broxton: The junior has taken the lead roll this season, leading the Mustangs in points (20.7), rebounds (8.3) and assists (4.5) per game.

Jace Edelen, Sr., Arapaho-Butler: The 6-foot-4 senior uses his size to his advantage. He leads the Indians in scoring at 18 points per game and rebounds with 7.8.

Taye Sullivan, So., Garber: In a balanced lineup, the sophomore stands out. He’s effective at scoring, can rebound and initiate the offense.

On the prowl

Looking at Hydro-Eakly’s starting lineup, there aren’t any seniors.

Even at that, there’s only one junior.

The Bobcats start four sophomores, including Nolan Gore, a 6-foot-4 guard who leads the team in scoring at 15 points per game.

There are only two seniors on Hydro-Eakly’s roster, Cobie Villegas and Toby Chisum.


The Oklahoman’s championship picks

Cameron Jourdan: Hydro-Eakly. The Bobcats are young with only one senior, but balanced scoring will help redeem last season’s loss in the state finals.

James D. Jackson: Calumet. The Chieftains will play inspired basketball in honor of two parents diagnosed with cancer. The motivation will lead Calumet.

Nick Sardis: Hydro-Eakly. Other than a 55-47 loss to Class 3A No. 1 Sequoyah Tahlequah on Dec. 26, the Bobcats have been perfect this season, winning 28 games.

Three players to watch

Tafv Harjo, Sr., Strother: The senior has scored more than 1,600 career points. She leads the state tournament field in scoring. Harjo averages 20.6 points per game.

Breanna Ray, Sr., Calumet: The Chieftain center is a force down low. She nearly averages a double-double at 14 points and eight rebounds per game.

Kye Stone, Jr., Kiowa: The junior forward shows she can lead a team. At 17.1 points per game, she’s the only Kiowa scorer who averages double figures.

Have to score to win

Canute knows how to put the ball in the basket.

The Trojanettes average 62.5 points per game and win by an average of 28.5 points per game.

Canute’s four seniors, Kylie Savage, Haley Schreck, Kirstyn Strain and Madison Faylor, lead the team. They all start and have joined the 1,000-point club.

Strother has three seniors of its own in the 1,000-point club.

Tafv Harjo, Laken Waller and Kylie Wolfe have all joined leading the Yellowjackets to their best season in school history, making their first state tournament appearance.

Cameron Jourdan, James Jackson and Nick Sardis, Staff writers

Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›