It has been a mixed bag for the Claremore Christian varsity basketball teams this season in the Heartland Christian Athletic Association.
The top-ranked Class 1A Lady Warriors finished off a 13-1 regular season with a 74-8 win against Tulsa's Dove Science Academy this past Tuesday on senior night.
"Our only loss was to a very good NOAH team last Friday (January 25)," said Claremore Christian girls head coach Katie Schulze. "We have beaten teams that we were not expected to beat."
The Lady Warriors will be in the regionals at Wright Christian Academy. They face Immanuel Lutheran (Broken Arrow) Saturday at 6:30.
The winner of that one automatically qualifies for the state tournament and will play for the regional title at 6:30 Tuesday.
The loser of Saturday's game will play in the consolation final at 5:00 Tuesday with a trip to the state tournament on the line.
Six total teams qualify for the girls state tournament. The quarterfinals will be Thursday February 7 at 2:30 and 5:30 at Liberty Academy in Shawnee.
The semifinals are on Friday February 8 sat 4:00 and 7:00 at a site to be announced. The championship game will be at noon on Saturday February 9 also at a site TBA.
Freshman point guard Hannah Schulze, daughter of the head coach, averages 20 points, four rebounds, seven steals, and seven assists.
Sophomore Kaylee Blair and junior Brooklyn Woods provide a solid one-two punch in the front court.
Blair averages 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. Woods averages eight points and seven boards.
Jayde Mullins provides a nice compliment to Schulze in the back court. Mullins, a junior, averages five points, four rebounds, and three steals.
"The biggest thing to making a run at winning the championship will be taking care of the little things," said coach Schulze.
Boxing out and making sure the Lady Warriors limit their turnovers were two keys that coach Schulze stressed in particular.
The Claremore Christian boys completed a tough regular season with a record of 1-12. Injuries and youth were two key factors.
"We graduated two pretty good players last year and have been forced to play some younger players that lack experience," said Claremore Christian boys head coach Chris Whisenhunt.
The Warriors will also be in the regional playoffs at Wright Christian against Immanuel Lutheran at 8:00 Saturday.
The consolation and regional championship games will be Monday at 7:00 and 8:30, respectively.
The boys state tournament will have nine total teams. The play-in game will be Tuesday at Wright Christian at 8:00.
Quarterfinals will be on Thursday February 7. Three of those games will be at Liberty (4:00, 7:00, and 8:30) and one will be at Wright Christian at 7:30.
Semifinals will be at 5:30 and 8:30 Friday February 8 at a site to be determined. The championship game will be Saturday February 9 at 2:00 also at a site TBA.
Two of the more consistent players for the Claremore Christian boys have been senior Mason Mullins and freshman Aiden Phillips.
"We are finally getting healthy again as we approach post season play which starts this Saturday," said Whisenhunt. "We are a work in progress but I do feel that we are overall."
In addition to Mullins, others recognized on senior night were Piper Govi, Jordan McClanahan, Quinten Blackburn, and manager Anna Smith.