Guthrie to play defending state champs to begin 5A state tournament

The Guthrie Lady Jays are back in the state tournament after breezing through their own regional last week. They will be tested in the first round when they take on the defending state champions.

The Lady Jays won their three regional games by a combined score of 26-2 with two shut-outs. Guthrie took down Southeast (10-0) and Lawton Eisenhower twice (10-2, 6-0) to stamp their name in the biggest tournament of the season.

The Class 5A field is stacked with Piedmont, Carl Albert, Pryor, Durant, Guthrie El Reno, Tahlequah and Coweta.

The last five state champions have come from this year’s field of teams: 2020 Coweta, 2019 Piedmont, 2018 Carl Albert, 2017 Carl Albert and 2016 Pryor.

Piedmont (32-6), the number one seeded team, will play El Reno (19-15), who shocked Duncan to win the Duncan regional, at 11 a.m.

Game two will feature Carl Albert (26-7) and Pryor (27-9) in the four versus five seed.

The two winners will play on Friday at 11 a.m.

Guthrie (23-8) — playing as the number seven seed — will challenge Coweta (31-6) at 4 p.m.

The final game on Thursday is set for 6:30 p.m. with three-seed Tahlequah (27-9) against the six-seed Durant (23-13).

The two winners will play on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

The championship game is set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

All games will be played at Energy Field inside USA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Against the field, Guthrie is 2-2 with two wins coming against El Reno and two losses to Piedmont. The Lady Jays lost both games to Piedmont by final scores of 4-3.


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