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Area schools compete for spot in area tournament

Feb. 21—3A Area IV

Lindsay Regional

Community Christian vs. Lindsay

When: Thursday at 6 p.m.

Records/Rankings: CCS 20-4 / No. 5 in 3A; LHS 12-12 / NR

What's at stake: Coming off a dominant win to secure a District 4 title last week, the Royals can punch their ticket to the area tournament with a win over Lindsay on Thursday. The winner and runner up of the championship bracket automatically move on to area, but if the Royals that fall to the consolation bracket they will need to win their next two to advance.

5A West

Midwest City Regional

Noble vs. Midwest City

When: Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Records/Rankings: NHS 11-13 / No. 5 in District 2; MWC 21-3 / No. 1 in District 2

What's at stake: The Bears pulled out a narrow 55-53 win in the first round of the regional tournament and can secure a district title with a win over the Bombers on Friday. The winner will advance to the area tournament, while the loser will play on Saturday in a win-or-go-home situation.

6A West

Putnam City North Regional

Norman North vs. Putnam City North

When: Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Records/Rankings: NNHS 10-12 / No. 5 in District 1; PCN 19-5 / No. 2 in District 1

What's at stake: After pulling off a wild upset win over their rivals in the first round of regionals, the Timberwolves now need to win just one of their next two to advance to the area tournament. If they can pull off another upset on Friday against Putnam City North, they'll secure a regional title and head to the area tournament needing to win just one of their next two games to advance to state. The Timberwolves advanced to the state tournament last season for the eighth time in program history.

Norman High vs. Lawton

When: Friday at 2 p.m.

Records/Rankings: NHS 14-9 / No. 3 in District 2; LHS 3-20 / No. 7 in District 2

What's at stake: The Tigers have to take the long road if they want to return to the state tournament after Tuesday's triple overtime loss to Norman North. They can't lose any more games the rest of the way out and need to win the next two games at the Putnam City Regional to advance to area.

5A District 2

Carl Albert Regional

Noble vs. Carl Albert

When: Thursday at 6 p.m.

Records/Rankings: NHS 3-20 / No. 8 in District 2; CA 19-4 / No. 1 in District 1

What's at stake: The Bears open up the playoffs against one of the top teams in Class 5A and needs two wins to advance in the double-elimination tournament.

6A West

Norman High Regional

Norman High vs. Capitol Hill

When: Thursday at 6 p.m.

Records/Rankings: NHS 18-4 / No. 1 in District 2; CH 3-17 / No. 8 in District 1

What's at stake: The Tigers are hosting the regional tournament for the second year in a row following their regular season district title. They enter the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the state and certainly Class 6A riding a 13-game winning streak. If they beat Capitol Hill they'll have a chance to secure a regional title at home on Friday.

Deer Creek Regional

Norman North vs. Edmond Santa Fe

When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Records/Rankings: NNHS 11-11 / No. 5 in District 1; ESF 13-9 / No. 2 in District 2

What's at stake: The Timberwolves closed out the regular season winning three of their last four games to enter the playoffs at .500 on the season. This will be their first meeting with Edmond Santa Fe this season. Hosting Deer Creek will also be a threat to their hopes of advancing to the area tournament, having beaten the Timberwolves twice this season. Still, both of those games were decided by 12 points or fewer and they've pulled off upset wins over Norman High, Moore, Piedmont, Westmoore and others already this season.