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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Indians to play Crooked Oak on Thursday

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  • Marietta couldn't overcome a 19-5 second-quarter run by Millwood, and the No. 3 Eagles won a long-awaited Class 3A regional championship 46-26 on Tuesday at Lindsay High School.

    Millwood had a 10-6 lead after the first quarter and expanded on it with its explosive second. Millwood will play Stroud for the Area II championship on Friday, while Marietta (19-7) will play Crooked Oak in the area consolation first round Thursday.

    Marietta coach Duane Shaw said his team started off controlling the ball on offense and being patient, but the Indians got caught up in Millwood's transition game toward the end of the first quarter and the entire second.

    Tanner Douglas led Marietta with six points, and Tyler Neely added five.

    "Real quick," Marietta coach Duane Shaw said flatly about Millwood. "I've got three or four that are pretty quick. They've got 12.
     
    "If you don't see that every day and practice against that every day, it's hard to adjust."

    The game was originally supposed to be played on Saturday, but a series of severe weather warnings pushed the contest back to Monday, then again to Tuesday.

    Shaw said it was a little frustrating for his team not knowing when or if they would play. He doesn't think, however, that the quick turnaround will have any negative effects on the Indians against Crooked Oak in a day's time.

    Shaw said the Marietta crowd was "awesome" on Tuesday, and that the Indians will need the support even more than ever Thursday.

    Plainview girls draw Millwood on Friday

    As expected, it's a top 10 battle for a spot at state in Class 3A.

    No. 3 Millwood's 67-53 win over Lindsay in the 3A Area II girls regional championship on Tuesday means that No. 6 Plainview draws the defending state champions in Friday's Area II title game at Purcell.

    The winner goes to the state tournament, with the loser having to play in the area consolation final on Saturday, also at Purcell.

    Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said he's looking forward to the challenge of playing one of the top teams in the state, regardless of class.

    "It's an interesting deck of cards we've been dealt," said Bloodworth, who mentioned that the Indians played state-runner up Prague in regionals. "I think the community, the team is up for another challenge.

    "We've had great fan support at all the games, and we're definitely going to be fired up for the game."
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