TULSA — The Oologah Mustangs and Cascia Hall Commandos split a pair of high school basketball Class 4A district playoff contests Saturday night.
The Lady Mustangs came out on the good end as they cruised past Cascia Hall, 54-34.
The Oologah boys were not as fortunate. Cascia Hall, No. 5 in OKrankings.com coaches poll, earned a hard-fought 52-43 victory.
The Lady Mustangs, ranked No. 16, improves to 16-6 while the boys fall to 14-8.
Both Oologah teams advance to Thursday's regional at Locust Grove.
The Lady Mustangs will face Roland in the winners bracket at 6:30 p.m. The Oologah boys will play Locust Grove in an elimination game at 3 p.m.
The Lady Mustangs had a quartet of players provide solid production. Caitlin Linihan led all scorers with 19 points. Lachelle Hotfelt and Taylor Jeffs finished with 10 apeice.
Cassidee Young scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
"I thought we played well as a team," said Oologah head coach Matt Sweeney.
Oologah did a good job on the boards, grabbing a total of 38.
Those efforts limited the Lady Commandos (9-14) in second-chance opportunities and that was satisfying to Sweeney.
"We work hard on blocking out," he said.
The Lady Mustangs led, 17-7, after the first quarter and were able for the most part to keep a comfortable margin.
Linihan came up big in the second and fourth periods while Young had a standout third quarter.
Linihan scored seven points in the second and nine in the fourth. Young had all but two of her points in the third period.
"Overall, I thought we did a great job," Sweeney said. "This is my first year here and I have really enjoyed working with these girls."
The Mustangs went toe-to-toe with the Commandos but came up just a little bit short.
Peter Swiatek and Price Pinkerton scored 17 and 14 points, respectively, for Cascia Hall (18-5).
Jordan Barrett finished with 25 for Oologah.
"Jordan has been playing well all year," Oologah coach Ron Ward said. "He is a tough competitor."
The Mustangs led, 19-17, at the half, but then fell behind, 39-34, after three periods.
Swiatek and Pinkerton combined for 18 of the 22 Commando points in the period.
Cascia Hall had built a 39-28 lead late in the third period. Oologah, however, cut into that, scoring the final six points of the period. Taylor Scott scored the final points when he made a 35-footer at the buzzer.
The Commandos, however, answered with the first six points of the final quarter.
From that point on, the Mustangs could get no closer than seven points.
"I was very pleased, overall, with the way we played," Ward said. "Coming over here, we felt like we could win the game. We knew it was a tough draw, but we will bounce back. We hope to get the opportunity to play three games this week."
OOLOGAH 54, CASCIA HALL 34
Oologah 17 9 13 15 — 54
Cascia Hall 7 10 12 5 — 34
Oologah — Linihan 19, Hotfelt 10, Jeffs 10, Young 9, Parker 3, Dillman 2, Allen 1
Cascia Hall — Young 9, Wallace 6, Clement 5, McDowell 4, Easley 3, Minor 3, Price 2, Anderson 2
CASCIA HALL 52, OOLOGAH 43
Oologah 10 9 15 9 — 43
Cascia Hall 9 8 22 13 — 52
Oologah — Barrett 25, Scott 7, Troutt 6, Melton 5
Cascia Hall — Swiatek 17, Pinkerton 14, Moellers 8, Bryant 6, Clancy 6, Testa 1