Polls bring downward movement for pair of teams

Evan Grice

While there was plenty of reason to be excited following the final regular season tournaments for several area basketball teams, the polls weren’t as generous this week.

No teams moved up in their respective polls, with several teams staying put and other dropping due to losses.

In Class 5A, the Ardmore Lady Tigers stayed at No. 3 overall despite No. 1 Piedmont losing to No. 18 Edmond Santa Fe from Class 6A, while Ardmore defeated then No. 6 Sapulpa Saturday night in the finals of the Shawnee Vision Bank Invitational.

Ardmore (15-3) is off until Friday when the Lady Tigers take on Lawton MacArthur.

As for the Tigers, they dropped three spots this week to No. 14 after a rough outing at the Moore Tournament this past weekend with losses against Sunrise Christian Academy and Putnam City West.

Despite making it to the finals of the 48th annual Heart of Oklahoma Tournament in Purcell, the Class 4A pollsters punished the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs by dropping them three spots to No. 14 after suffering their first loss of the season against No. 1 Anadarko Saturday night.

Sulphur (15-1) is back in action on Friday against Byng.

The Plainview Lady Indians stayed put in the Class 4A poll at No. 19 after winning the consolation championship at the Port City Classic in Catoosa.

Plainview (13-3) will host the OKC Storm this evening at 6:30 p.m.

Another team who had a successful weekend was the Lone Grove Lady Horns who took second at the Wampus Cat Classic in Atoka.

Lone Grove retained its place at No. 17 in the Class 3A poll with an overall record of 11-5. The Lady Horns are in action tonight at Madill.

In Class A, while the rankings are set in stone due to the upcoming playoffs, there was some slight change as far as undefeated teams go.

The No. 14 Fox Foxes now stand as the lone undefeated team in the state in Class A boys basketball at 19-0 after No. 1 Cyril was defeated Saturday night by No. 3 Ft. Cobb-Broxton.

Fox will go for 20-0 tonight on the road against Thackerville, with their next contest on Thursday against Paoli on the road.