Three Teams Advance To Regionals

District Champions! The Moyers Lady Tigers claimed the District Championship with a 49-41 win over Stringtown. (Left to right): Coach Donna Dudley, Jill Nored, Rebecca Napier, Kyeareha Williams, Olivia Napier, Brooklyn Higginbottom, Katelyn Thomas, Audrey Childress, Kinley Lucas, and Abby Higginbottom.
Wes Haddox
Sports Correspondent

Classes A and B were able to get in their district tournaments last weekend before the weather hit. Rattan, Clayton,and Moyers tipped off their high school basketball playoff action last week hoping to extend their seasons at least one more week. Out of the six teams that played, three boys and three girls, three of them were able to move on to the next round while three of them ended their seasons.
The Moyers Lady Tigers had the most impressive showing of our county teams as they collected the OSSAA Class B Area IV District 6 Championship. The Lady Tigers defeated Buffalo Valley by twenty-six, 67-41, on Thursday night and then claimed the district title with a 49-41 win over Stringtown on Saturday. The team improved their win/loss record on the season to a very impressive 18-1. Their lone loss came on December 4 against 8th ranked Pittsburg. Since then, Moyers has won 13 consecutive games. They will be tested this week in regional action as they are paired against #12 Whitesboro in their first game which is scheduled to be played on Thursday, February 18, at 6:00 pm at Stringtown. All of their regional games will be played at Stringtown on Thursday-Saturday, February 18-20.
The Rattan Rams also advanced to this week’s regional play but the team suffered a disappointing road loss to the Crowder Demons in the finals of their district tournament. The 16-8 Rams fell by a score of 54-51. Rattan’s first round regional game will be played in the friendly confines of their new gymnasium verses Fort Towson on Thursday at 3:00 pm. The next two rounds will move to Tushka on Friday and Saturday.
The Clayton Lady Bulldogs also move on to the next round as they defeated Rattan, 50-43, on Friday at Crowder and then lost in the district finals to Crowder, 70-47. Clayton advances to regional play on Thursday at 1:00 at Rattan against Haworth. Their next two rounds will also be played at Tushka on Friday and Saturday.
The Rattan Lady Rams, Moyers Tigers, and the Clayton Bulldogs all ended their season with losses in district play. The Lady Rams fell to Clayton by a score of 50-43 and end their season with a 6-14 record. The Bulldogs lost their opening round district game to Crowder, 52-50, while closing out their season with a 5-9 win/loss record. Moyers lost to Stringtown, 75-29, ending their season. Despite a 2-14 record for the Tigers, the team impressed everyone that watched them play as they suited up only five players for most of the season and played several times with only four on the floor when one of the team members fouled out of a game. In one game, they played almost a full half with only three players on the floor and the 3 against 5 game was one of the most entertaining games that I had the privilege to watch all year.
Being a Class 3A school, the Antlers Bearcats and Lady Cats would have opened their playoffs this week when they were set to travel to Tishomingo on Friday, February 19, with the girls tip off at 6:00 p.m. and the boys are scheduled to play at 8:00 p.m. However, due to the winter weather, all games have been rescheduled. Games will now be played on Monday, February 22nd. Site and times will remain the same.