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Claremore sophomore Noah Smallwood (15) leaps toward the basket while avoiding a defender during a game against Pryor on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Smallwood led the Zebras with 13 points and 7 rebounds in a 52-48 loss to Skiatook on Tuesday.

With the snowstorm now gone, local basketball teams can now get back to focusing on the looming playoffs.

Although several teams have already lost their shot at hosting a regional, others in the area can still secure favorable seeds. This will be the last chance to do so, for the final rankings that will decide whom plays where in the playoffs will be released on Monday.

Friday matchups include Claremore at Collinsville, Verdigris at Oologah and Sequoyah hosting Chouteau.

CLAREMORE AT COLLINSVILLE — Neither of the girls teams are ranked, but a win in this rivalry contest could serve as a confidence boost for either side.

Led by double-double machine Hailey Grant, the Lady Zebras (9-9) are riding a four-game winning streak. On Tuesday, Grant tallied 27 points and 21 rebounds in a 44-39 win over Skiatook.

Collinsville (4-13) is 3-7 in 2020 and has lost six of its last seven. The Lady Cardinals are coming off a 72-19 loss to Class 5A No. 11 Grove.

Claremore won the last meeting 49-43 on Jan. 7.

The Zebra boys will have their hands full, for Collinsville is ranked sixth in Class 5A with a 13-3 record.

Meanwhile, Claremore (4-12) is on a seven-game losing streak. Four of those games, including Tuesday’s 52-48 loss to Skiatook, have been decided by four points or less.

The Zebras, who lost to the Cardinals 56-45 on Jan. 7, are 2-9 in 2020 thus far.

Collinsville defeated Grove on Tuesday, 60-45.

VERDIGRIS AT OOLOGAH — The Verdigris girls essentially secured themselves a regional hosting bid after defeating Class 4A No. 8 Vinita 49-47 on Tuesday, but Oologah shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially when Karly Wadsworth is on the floor.

The No. 14 Lady Mustangs (13-6) slipped up a little with losses to Vinita and No. 3 Ft. Gibson last week, but they recovered with an 84-41 thrashing of Jay on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the seventh-ranked Lady Cardinals (17-3), led by Lexy and Morgan Borgstadt, are a perfect 10-0 in 2020. Their last loss came in a 37-36 decision against Class 6A No. 8 Edmond North on Dec. 28.

Verdigris defeated Oologah 53-43 in the last meeting on Jan. 17.

Both boys teams are hitting their stride and are expected to produce a high-scoring battle.

The Cardinals (14-6) have won seven of their last nine, and the Mustangs have won six-straight and eight of nine.

Oologah (14-5) has eclipsed 90 points (91 vs. Ft. Gibson, 95 vs. Jay) in its last two games, and it hasn’t lost since suffering a 70-61 defeat against Verdigris on Jan. 17.

Against Ft. Gibson, senior Konnor Davis scored 27 points in the third quarter alone and 39 total, making 11 3-pointers.

The Cardinals took down Vinita 60-47 on Tuesday behind a combined 27 points and 9 rebounds from Tyler and Trent Haddock.

CHOUTEAU AT SEQUOYAH — Sequoyah is looking for only its second sweep of the season.

The Lady Eagles (4-13) want to end a three-game losing streak, but they must do so against a Chouteau team that beat them 41-19 on Jan. 14.

The Ladycats are 9-8 on the season, winning six of their last eight.

Both girls teams are coming off losses, with Sequoyah dropping a 39-26 decision to Chelsea, while Chouteau fell to Class 3A No. 4 Adair, 57-27.

In boys action, the Eagles (10-7) aim to build upon their 46-36 win over Chelsea on Monday. They have three of their last four, with the one loss coming to Kansas in a 58-56 overtime classic.

With Dakota Page discovering his potential in the paint and Zach Perry regaining his potency from beyond the arc, Sequoyah might be tough to put down in this one.

Chouteau (5-12) is struggling through a five-game losing streak in which it is averaging only 27.8 points per game. The Wildcats were held to 14 points in a 58-point loss to No. 8 Adair on Tuesday.

The Eagles won the first meeting by a score of 51-40 on Jan. 14.

Friday will also serve as Sequoyah’s homecoming night.

FRIDAY'S SLATE

Claremore at Collinsville — Girls 6 p.m.; Boys 7:30 p.m.

Verdigris at Oologah — Girls 6:30 p.m.; Boys 8 p.m.

Chouteau at Sequoyah — Girls 6 p.m.; Boys 7:30 p.m.

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