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Bidding to keep its No.1 ranking through the end of the regular season, Okarche High School’s girls basketball team defeated the Okeene Whippets, 52-25.
The victory moved Okarche to 17-2 on the season and 4-0 in the Three Rivers Conference standings.
Okarche has topped the Class A standings for over a month and garnered 658 points in the voting for the third week of January, 61 more than second-ranked Frontier. The Warriors are one of three teams in the top 20 to have only two losses, the others being No.3 Dewar (15-2) and No.8 Sterling (19-2).
Madison Lee led Okarche against Okeene with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two steals for a double-double. Morgan Vogt added 16 points, five boards and a steal.
Kenadey Grellner followed with 10 points and three boards, while Madi Grellner added eight points and three caroms. Rae Grellner did not score but grabbed two rebounds.
Okarche boys complete Class A sweep
For a second straight year, Okarche High School’s boys basketball team ran through the regular season without a loss to a Class A opponent after a 58-49 win over Okeene.
The Warriors, ranked No.8 in Class A, still have five games left on the schedule before the postseason, but those outings will come against teams in Class 2A or higher.
Okarche’s nine-point win over the Whippets, ranked No.24 in the state, lifted the Warriors to 13-6 on the year and 3-1 in the Three Rivers Conference standings.
Okeene took a 19-13 lead after one period, with Okarche getting six points from John Schaefer and four from Sam Grellner.
The Warriors rallied in the second period to tie the game at 28-all going into the break. Okarche’s 15-9 scoring edge in the second period was led by a Hunter Frisby 3-pointer and seven points off the bench from Chris Rund.
Okarche began pulling away in the third period with a 12-7 scoring edge, followed by an 18-14 margin in the fourth period. Kyle Rother scored eight points in the second half, while Grellner added 10 points and Wyatt Carter two 3-pointers.
The Warriors shot 22-of-46 from the field (48 percent) which included a 5-of-15 (33 percent) effort from the 3-point line. Okarche led in rebounds (37-19), assists (16-15) and turnovers (17-12), while Okeene held an 8-3 edge in steals.
Grellner led the OHS effort with 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Schaefer followed with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Rother had 10 points, a board and a steal.
Rund closed with nine points and 10 rebounds to go along with six points, six assists and two boards from Carter. Frisby added six points.