Posted On: 03/10/21 1:00 PM

Kingfisher entered the State Tournament with the full expectation of returning to the State Title game to repeat their 2019 State Title. Blanchard entered the State Tournament with a plan to disrupt Kingfisher’s quest.

While Blanchard was a major hurdle for Kingfisher through most of the game, Kingfisher’s star point guard, Bijan Cortes Bijan Cortes 6'2" | PG Kingfisher | 2021 State #195 Nation OK , turned things up in the fourth quarter with 10 fourth-quarter points, pushing the Yellowjackets past the Lions 46-34.

Blanchard honestly wrote the blueprint for defeating Kingfisher: matching intense, active defense with intense, active defense. The only thing that stopped them was the pure fact that they didn’t have a player to match Kingfisher’s powerful punch of Cortes and Matthew Stone Matthew Stone 6'4" | SF Kingfisher | 2021 State OK .

After three quarters, Kingfisher outscored Blanchard 18-9 in the fourth quarter.

Cortes finished with a game-high 22 points and four assists, while Stone scored nine.

Blanchard’s Caleb Reed scored 11 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line.

Kingfisher will play Classen SAS on Friday morning in the State Semifinals.

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