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The longest-running boys and girls tournament in the state tips off Thursday at the Cougar Activity Center, and the fields appear to be as tough as ever.
The 2020 East Central Oklahoma Classic will tip off at 10 a.m. Thursday with a girls matchup between Newcastle and Durant. Seven games will follow and end with the Ada girls battling Northwest Classen at 7 p.m. and the Ada boys meeting Lawton Eisenhower in the 8:30 p.m. nightcap.
The tournament continues with the same eight-game schedule on Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Cougars enter the girls side of the ECOC ranked No. 15 in Class 4A. Three other ranked teams join Ada in the field — Class 5A No. 4 Ardmore, Class 6A No. 19 Westmoore and Class 4A No. 3 Newcastle.
Should Ada defeat Class 6A club Northwest Classen (4-3), a highly-anticipated semifinal showdown with the rival Ardmore Lady Tigers could take place at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Newcastle Lady Racers — who had only lost to Class 6A No. 16 Mustang and Class 6A No. 15 Bixby heading into a matchup with Class 4A No. 1 Anadarko Tuesday night — are the tournament’s top seed.
Broken Bow, Collinsville and Durant are also part of the eight-team girls bracket.