Guthrie Head Coach Sean Morgan knew if his team was going to make it past the first weekend of the postseason that his team would have to score at least 55 or more points. The Bluejays managed only 49, as they fell to No. 17 Bishop Kelley 68-49 in the first round of the Regional Tournament.
Bishop Kelley opened the game on a 9-0 run that shocked the Bluejays. Guthrie battled back and got it as close as 19-17 before Bishop Kelly ran away with it. Morgan felt comfortable about the match up with the Comets in the first round. He knew they lived and died by the three. As it would turn out, the Comets would thrive on it.
“I liked the matchup going in, we knew exactly what kind of team they were,” Morgan said. “We knew that we weren’t going to beat them if we gave up 69 points and we knew we would need at least 55 to beat them, they shoot the ball too well not to. They live and die by the three and the three went in for them.”
Bishop Kelley shot the ball well from the opening tip. The Comets scored 68 points on 40 shots. The Bluejays on the hand struggled to make shots. Guthrie finished with 49 points on 54 shots, shooting 32 percent on the night.
“We just didn’t play very well,” Morgan said. “They shot the ball well but I’m not sure it would’ve mattered who we played. We didn’t shoot well at all and we couldn’t overcome that.”
With the loss, the Bluejays finished the year with a record of 15-9. Guthrie beat rivals Piedmont and Shawnee twice in the same year and played in three tournament championship games. Morgan says this senior group helped construct a winning culture at Guthrie again.
“We had a successful season, it just didn’t end the way we wanted it to,” Morgan said. “From where we were a couple of years ago to now, there’s no argument that this was a successful season. These seniors have planted seeds for this to be a winning program again. They’ve planted seeds for there to be a winning culture here again. We went from three straight seasons of single-digit wins to this year with single-digit losses. From Luke (Morgan), Jose (Martinez) Richard (Doolittle), and especially Kade (Whorton), they all bought in from day one when I got this job and did everything that I asked them to do. They put the team first every day and that’s why we had success this year. There’s no doubt about it.”