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By Glen Miller
Okarche High School’s girls basketball team rebounded from having its 11-game winning streak snapped to defeat Seiling, 58-28, to win the Class A, Area I consolation championship.
In the process, the top-ranked Warriors earned a repeat trip to the Class A state tournament, which gets under way Thursday. Okarche will play Sterling at Oklahoma City University, with tip-off set for 2 p.m.
Okarche, which had not lost a game since mid-January, improved to 26-3 on the season with its 1-1 record in the area round of the playoffs after dropping a one-point game to No.7 Cheyenne-Reydon in the area championship game.
In the rebound win over Seiling, Okarche went on a 16-10 run in the first period, getting six points from Morgan Vogt, four from Madison Lee and three each from Madi and Rae Grellner.
Okarche padded that lead with a 12-6 scoring edge in the second period, led by Madi Grellner’s six points, to take a 28-16 halftime lead.
The breakaway period was in the third as the OHS defense held Seiling to two points. On the opposite end, Vogt dropped in six points, followed by five each from Lee and Madi Grellner to pace an 18-point effort.
Vogt and Kenadey Grellner scored six each in the final period to cap off the 30-point win.
Vogt scored a game-high 20 points in addition to three rebounds and a steal. Madi Grellner added 14 points, four boards and two picks. Lee ended with her third double-double in four games with 13 points, 11 boards and a steal.
Kenadey Grellner led those in single digits with eight points, seven boards and a steal. Rae Grellner added three rebounds and two steals to her first-period points.
Cheyenne-Reydon 41, Okarche 40
Okarche was outscored 9-6 in the fourth period of the title game, despite five points from Lee and a Madi Grellner free throw.
The Warriors got six points from Rae Grellner in the first period and three from Lee to pace a 13-point effort, but still trailed 14-13. The teams battled to a 10-all stalemate in the second period as OHS got five points from Lee and three from Madi Grellner.
Okarche took a 34-32 lead after three periods by way of an 11-8 scoring edge coming out of the break. The effort was led by Vogt with eight points.
Lee closed with a team-high 16 points, while grabbing seven rebounds and a steal. Vogt had 10 points and two boards, while Madi and Rae Grellenr closed with six points and three caroms each. Kenadey Grellner had two points and two boards.