Verdigris senior forward Blake Battenfield (33) blocks a shot by Sperry forward Logan Mullins (15) during the third quarter of Friday’s Class 3A Area Championship at Fort Gibson High School. The No. 4-ranked Cardinals punched their ticket to the State Tournament with a 71-43 victory over the No. 5 Pirates. Battenfield tallied 11 points as Verdigris improved to 23-4 on the season.