By Chuck Reherman
Southwest Covenant will take aim at a fourth straight state tournament berth on Friday as the Lady Patriots head to Shawnee to compete in the class 3A Region 3 Tournament at North Rock Creek High School.
The Lady Patriots, 12-11, will face host North Rock Creek, 16-2 and the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Corn Bible Academy 12-9 in what is now a three-team tournament. Oklahoma City Star Spencer was suppose to be the fourth team, but since the Oklahoma City School District canceled all sporting events due to Oklahoma County’s rise to Red in the Covid-19 scale, the Lady Bobcats had to drop out of the tournament.
The tournament would have normally been at Corn Bible High School, but since there can only be four regionals for each side of the state, the tournament was moved to Rock Creek, a first year high school just north of Shawnee.
SWCS will play North Rock Creek in the first round at 4:30 p.m. The winner will play Corn Bible at 6:30 p.m.
“North Rock Creek is similar to a team like Noble,” SWCS head coach Samantha Lindsey said. “We need to limit our unforced errors and if we do that I think we will be fine. But, they definitely have a chance to beat us if we do not take care of the ball.
“We need to limit our hitting errors and play well in serve and receive,” she said. “It is going to be a challenging day. If we beat North Rock Creek, we have to play Corn Bible right after playing a match and they beat us earlier in the year.”
The Lady Patriots lost in three sets to Corn Bible, 25-16, 25-23 and 26-24.
North Rock Creek’s only two losses came at the hands of 6A Sand Springs, and class 5A No. 6 ranked Lawton MacArthur. The team owns a win over Destiny Christian Academy, a common opponent. They also own a win over class 5A No. 3 ranked El Reno.