Posted On: 02/25/18 12:35 AM
Class 5A Regionals kicked off Saturday and we were in attendance at Jenks-Simmons Field House in El Reno.
There were 2 games played, the first Piedmont vs. Woodward and then the host El Reno vs. Guthrie.
In the 1st game it was Piedmont who came out hot as the Wildcats were able to take down the Bombers with relative ease. Piedmont used a stingy defense to force multiple turnovers which turned into easy transition layups.
The 2nd half was more of the same, including a nuclear 3rd quarter by Dylan Hahn who scored 13 points in the frame. That was where the game was decided as the 4th quarter was used as garbage time. Piedmont defeated Woodward 84-48 to advance to the Regional championship.
The 2nd game started as one of the sloppiest games of the year. Both teams combined for 7 turnovers in the first minute and a half of playing time.
Guthrie, who had only won 5 games on the season. A season which includes a 29-point loss to El Reno at home, were able to take a lead after a buzzer beating 3-pointer to end the 1st quarter.
El Reno answered taking their own 6-point lead into halftime and never looked back. The Indians turned up the defense and were able to bait Guthrie into making many mistakes.
El Reno defeated Guthrie 69-44 to advance to the Regional championship.
Dylan Hahn: 2019 guard Piedmont
Hahn was the player of the night as he led his Wildcats to an easy victory over the Woodward Bombers. Hahn showed off his high basketball IQ as well as ability to score at all levels. The junior guard has a certain type of charisma that can draw a crowd. Hahn scored a game high 22 points.
Dyson Plumley: 2019 guard El Reno
Plumley didn’t start off to hot, but was able to pick it up as the game went on. The junior showed a great ability at getting to the rim, something he has been able to do for quite some time. It was his ability to finish that was really eye opening. Plumley finished with a game high 20 points for the Indians.
Trace Ham: 2018 guard Woodward
Ham did everything he could to keep the game close, but it was not enough in the end. The senior guard shot the ball well from beyond the arc. Ham scored 13 of his team high 20 points in the 1st half.
Hunter Oden: 2019 guard Piedmont
Oden was a sniper from beyond the arc. The junior guard has a solid wingspan which enables him to get his shot off around close defenders. Oden will need to continue to stay hot as the Wildcats look to advance further in the playoffs. Oden finished with 16 points on the day.
Kade Whorthon: 2020 guard Guthrie
Whorthon had the game of his young career scoring 17 points against a good El Reno defense. The sophomore kept Guthrie in the game early shooting well from beyond the arc. The only problem is that was really the only way he affected the game.