For the Caddo Lady Bruins, the moment is almost here.
All season long, this region’s Class A basketball fans have been pointing to one girl’s game above all others: Caddo vs. Kiowa.
Winter weather forced the cancellation of a regular season tilt between the two powerhouses a month ago. But it’s here now, in the form of the Area IV championship to be played at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena in Durant.
The 22-1 Lady Bruins will battle 23-3 Kiowa with a trip to the Class A state tournament on the line.
Both teams steam-rolled their regional final opponents to reach the classic match-up. Caddo dropped Allen 47-29 on Saturday in Quinton; Kiowa escorted Arkoma off of its home court with a 91-70 thumping.
The loser of the game will have one more shot at state in a Saturday game against the survivor of a four-team consolation bracket which includes Allen, Arkoma, Webbers Falls and Roff. All Area round games will be held at the Southeastern arena in Durant.
District champion Lady Scorps of Boswell went 0-2 in the regionals to end their season. After a tough loss to Allen last week, Boswell fell to Weleetka 62-52 on Friday.
The Class A boys six-team playoff round will also be held at Bloomer Sullivan Arena this Thursday through Saturday. Boswell is the only Bryan County team remaining in the bracket, as the Scorps take on Stuart at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Boswell defeated Rock Creek (54-31) and Caddo (68-39) to reach the Area round. Caddo defeated Stonewall 46-45 on Friday to reach the regional consolation final against the Scorps in Quinton.
In Class B, Bennington defeated Kinta 59-40 and Coleman edged Buffalo Valley 45-41 last week to set up a Saturday showdown of regional rivals in Wilburton.
The Bears ended Coleman’s season 53-41 on Saturday to earn a place in the Area round at 3 p.m. Thursday in Ada. Bennington’s opponent will be Lookeba-Sickles.
District champion Wapanucka lost its regional opener 56-39 against SW Covenant, but bounced back with a 78-66 win over Sasakwa on Friday.
The Indians fell 68-39 against Okarche in the regional consolation final.
In Class B girls action, Buffalo Valley defeated Caney 82-34 for the regional championship on Saturday. No. 15 Caney survives to play No. 17 Pittsburg at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Ada. The Lady Cougars must win to advance.
They defeated Bennington last week to reach the regional final. The Lady Bears lost to Kinta 58-38 on Friday to end their season. Victory Life Academy finished 2-2 in the postseason with a 48-44 win over Moyers last week followed by a 50-28 loss to Whitesboro.