The Three Rivers Conference Tournament starts today at Kingfisher High School as eight teams will battle it out to be crowned a champion. Here’s a look at some storylines surrounding the Logan County teams entering the tournament.
The Cashion Wildcats enter the 2020 Three Rivers Tournament as defending champions. The Wildcats won the tournament for the first time ever last season, defeating No. 2 Hennessey in the championship game inside the Enid Event Center. The Wildcats defeated Watonga and No. 8 Okarche in the first two rounds before avenging a loss to Hennessey from earlier in the season. The Wildcats enter today as the odds on favorite to win it again. Cashion is currently a perfect 7-0 and ranked No. 9 in the state. With Jacob Woody and Alex Nabavi leading the charge, Cashion is poised to make it back-to-back Three Rivers Tournament Championships.
The Crescent Tigers have struggled out of the gate to start the season, falling five games below .500. Crescent has arguably the hardest route to the championship in the tournament. The Tigers will have to face No. 10 Hennessey at 4:40 and if they can get past them, they will likely have to face 8-5 Okarche in the semifinals. The Tigers opened the tournament last year beating Watonga before falling to Hennessey and Okarche in back-to-back games. The Tigers have the ability to put teams in tough spots, if they can take care of the basketball and knock down open shots, they could have a punchers chance for a first-round upset.
For the better part of a half-decade, the Cashion LadyCats have owned the Three Rivers Tournament. Cashion enters 2020 as the four-time defending tournament champion. The LadyCats have jumped out to another hot start under first-year head coach Andrea Taylor, moving to 6-1 on the year and ranked No. 14 in the state. The LadyCats are led by Kaitin Taylor, Neeley Tilley-Bedick, and Brook Shelly. The LadyCats have the depth and firepower to make it five conference tournament championships in a row.
Crescent Lady Tigers:
The Lady Tigers are once again a team that no one will want to face. Crescent turned heads last season as they came up five points short from winning the championship game against rival Cashion. The Lady Tigers enter today 5-4 on the year, but the record may be a bit deceiving. After starting the season 4-0, the Lady Tigers dropped four games in a row before bouncing back Tuesday night against Hennessey. Out of the four losses, three of them have come by a combined nine points. They are a dangerous team that plays suffocating defense and can cause problems for any team in the tournament. If the Lady Tigers can get their offense going, they could be a team playing in the championship game come Saturday.
Thursday: (Girls games in bold; boys games italicized)
10 a.m.: No. 5 Okarche (12-1) vs Harding Fine Arts (1-4)
11:20 a.m.: No. 9 Cashion (7-0) vs Harding Fine Arts (2-5)
12:40 p.m.: Crescent (5-4) vs Thomas (4-5)
2:00 p.m.: Okarche (8-5) vs Thomas (6-3)
3:20 p.m.: No. 14 Cashion (6-1) vs Hennessey (4-4)
4:40 p.m.: Crescent (2-7) vs No. 10 Hennessey (7-1)
6:00 p.m.: OBA (3-6) vs Watonga (6-1)
7:20 p.m.: Watonga (4-3) vs OBA (5-4)