Boswell girls and boys shoot their way to state

When the Oklahoma State Basketball Tournament gets underway Thursday Boswell High School will be well represented as both the girls and boys teams will take to the court with the same mission, bring home the first state championship to Boswell.

"It's just a blessing for both us to be going," Boswell post Hailey Belvin

"It really gives us a lot more support just having the girls beside us," Boswell forward Wyatt Sullivan said. "We've had them beside us all year, going to all the games."

And the task of coaching both teams falls in the hands of Coach Roland Branton, coaching both squads to 20 plus victories.

"The boy's team is pretty balanced in scoring, any of the kids can lead us in scoring any night," Branton said. "The girl's team, I've had great leadership from my two seniors."

"I've got five girls on the floor that's capable of shooting the three ball, so we can spread the floor out and if all of them is on on the same night, it makes us tough to beat."

For the Lady Scorpions, they're making their first state tournament appearance in school history and they're looking to make the most of their trip.

"From here on out it's going to be tough," Belvin said. "But I just know if we play defense and stay positive, we'll do good."

"It's pretty exciting," Boswell post Camrie Rhone said. "I'm just thankful for everybody supporting us and believing in us and knowing that we could do it."

For the boys, this will be their third trip to state their first since 1999 when the Y2K bug was everyone's worries.

"We had six or seven teams make it one game from state and not go, so everyone was saying Boswell was cursed," Boswell point guard Jay Isaacs said. "For us to break it, it was nice."

"It shows if you work hard, do things right and just concentrate on it all year, it will pay off for you in the end," Sullivan said.

The boys will get things started at 1:30 p.m., as they take on second ranked Leedey at Mustang High School. Then the Lady Scorpions will cap off the night at 7:00 p.m. when they play Coyle at Yukon High School.