SICKLES - With one game left apiece for the Lookeba-Sickles High School boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball squads this Tuesday night vs. Hinton High School with Senior Night, the Panthers and Lady Panthers will welcome the postseason with open arms beginning on Feb. 14-15 with the Class B Area-4 District-3 when they host their district tournament.
Schools participating will be the host Lookeba-Sickles, who will play the winner of the game on Feb. 14 between Cement High School and Gracemont High School.
Heading into Tuesday’s Senior Night contest at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Lady Comets, the Lady Panthers have been absolutely on fire as of late and have won nine games in a row.
LADY PANTHERS 53, FT. COBB-BROXTON 31
In their final regular-season road game of the year, Lookeba-Sickles jumped out to a huge lead in the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Ft. Cobb-Broxton High School and the Lady Panthers coasted to a 53-31 victory over the Lady Mustangs.
The Lady Panthers led by as many as 25 points in the second half as Lookeba-Sickles dominated Ft-Cobb-Broxton and shot a highly efficient 56 percent from the field.
Junior Keeli Cox led all scorers on the night with 19 points, while freshman Abygale Mashaney and senior Kelsi Cox also scored in double figures for Lookeba-Sickles with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
LADY PANTHERS 62,
In order to improve their winning streak to nine games in a row, the Lady Panthers had to fend off all the Binger-Oney High School Lady Bobcats had on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Washita Valley Conference Shootout held at Pioneer Cellular Event Center in Weatherford.
Despite leading by double digits in the first half, Lookeba-Sickles squandered a 10-point halftime lead to Binger-Oney as both teams would go into overtime tied at 46-46.
However, the Lady Panthers flexed their muscle in overtime to knock off the Lady Bobcats 62-55 in a thrilling contest on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Mashaney had herself a stellar game as the freshman standout led all scorers with 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and an efficient 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Lookeba-Sickles senior Laryn Garrison and sophomore Mallori Brown each had nine points, while Kelsi Cox and junior Rally Radacy had eight and seven points, respectively.
As for the Panthers’ boys’ varsity squad, Lookeba-Sickles continues to be in a bit of a rough patch as they lost their fifth and sixth games in a row this week.
In the 77-62 loss at the Class A No. 3 ranked Ft. Cobb-Broxton Mustangs, the Panthers could not rebound from the second quarter in which they were outscored by the Mustangs 25-8 and trailed 42-23 at halftime.
Senior Korey Aytes led Lookeba-Sickles in scoring with 22 points, while freshman standout Jacob Vincent and junior Fabian Orozco also scored in double figures with 19 and 13 points, respectively.
At the Washita Valley Conference Shootout, the Panthers played much better against Binger-Oney but were again hindered by the second quarter that saw get outscored 18-7.
Leading 23-14 at halftime, the Bobcats would gradually add onto the lead to keep the Panthers at bay in Binger-Oney’s 51-36 win over Lookeba-Sickles.
Aytes as the only Panthers player to score in double figures with 10 points, while freshman Brand Wilson added nine points of his own in the loss.
The Panthers now sit at 11-13 and are ranked No. 17 in Class B and will look to get back into the win column at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 for their Senior Night game at home vs. the Hinton High School Comets.
Be sure to check next week’s sports section of The Hinton Record for more updates on Panthers’ and Lady Panthers’ varsity basketball.
Andrew Salmi can be reached at Sports@HintonRecord.com or by phone at (580) 623-4922.