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By Glen Miller
Okarche High School’s girls basketball team is one win away from getting another crack at the elusive gold ball which slipped the Warriors’ grasp a year ago with a runner-up finish.
Cherie Myers’ team, ranked No.1 in Class A for over two months, defeated Waukomis 72-31 to win the Area I, Region C Championship.
The Warriors, now 25-2 on the year, face No.7 Cheyenne-Reydon Friday at 6:30 p.m. inside the Chisholm Trail Expo Center in Enid, with the winner advancing to state.
Okarche held Waukomis to single-digit scoring in three of the four periods, while its offense outscored the Chiefs in all four frames. The Warriors led 17-9 after one, 41-13 at the break and 64-27 after three periods.
Madison Lee logged a double-double with 24 points, 10 in the first period, while grabbing 12 rebounds and a steal. Morgan Vogt followed with 18 points, five boards and a steal, while Kenadey Grellner had 12 points, eight caroms and a pick.
Madi Grellner led those in single digits with eight points and four caroms. Rae Grellner was close behind with seven points, five boards and two steals. Randi Hufnagel chipped in three points and a rebound.
Okarche 69, Cashion 26
The Warriors defeated Cashion for a third time this season with a defense that limited CHS to single-digit scoring in three periods.
Okarche led 20-7 after one period, 36-15 at halftime and 55-25 going into the fourth period.
Lee logged her first double-double of the regional with 26 points, 11 rebounds and a steal. Kenadey Grellner added 15 points and eight boards, followed by Vogt’s 12 points, four rebounds and a steal.
Madi Grellner chipped in six points and three caroms, while Kaelan Jeffrey had four points and a rebound. Rae Grellner added five boards and two steals, while Skylar Spomer pulled down two rebounds.
Oshman hits clutch free throw for OHS boys
Bennett Oshman, fouled on a defensive rebound, hit a free throw with seven-tenths of a second left as the ninth-ranked Okarche High School boys basketball team defeated No.14 Garber 46-44 to win the Class A, Area I, Region C Championship.
The win lifted the Warriors to 18-9 on the season and one win away from a trip to the state tourney. Okarche will play No.4 Cheyenne-Reydon Friday at 8 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center in Enid in the Area I Championship game.
Oshman missed the second free throw attempt on purpose to seal the two-point win. Garber took its first lead of the game with 40 seconds to play, 44-43, but Okarche responded with a Sam Grellner basket against a zone defense with 20 seconds to play to retake the lead.
Garber had a chance to regain the lead with two free throws with 1.7 seconds left, but missed both attempts – the second leading to Oshman’s clutch carom.
Okarche ended the game shooting 13-of-42 from the field for 31 percent, while hitting 4-of-23 from the 3-point arc for 17 percent. The Warriors out-rebounded Garber, 31-20, including a 19-16 edge on the defensive end.
Grellner came close to a triple-double with 12 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and a steal. John Schaefer was close behind with 11 points, eight boards and two steals.
Wyatt Carter added eight points and a rebound, followed by Shay Pratt’s five points and four each from Ben Annuschat and Hunter Frisby. Oshman ended the game with two points, four rebounds and a pair of assists.
Okarche 59, Cashion 47
The Warriors third win of the year over Cashion was paced by a defensive effort which allowed only three offensive rebounds.
Okarche was 15-of-39 shooting for 39 percent, but was nipped in rebounds (25-23), assists (15-13) and turnovers (18-12). The Warriors held a 6-4 edge in steals.
Oshman led OHS in scoring with 15 points, three boards and a steal. Schaefer added 12 points, six boards and a steal. Grellner closed with nine points, six assists and five rebounds.
Annuschat chipped in eight points and two rebounds, while Carter had seven points, five caroms, four assists and two steals. Frisby closed with five points and Kyle Rother with three.