HUGO, OK --- March 11th, 1994....that's the last time the Hugo Lady Buffaloes made the state tournament. But they have started to turn things around in recent years.
"Last year we made it to the regional semifinals and got beat. Each day...we view it as a process for us...were just trying to get better each year," head coach Chris Scott said.
The Lady Buffs are taking what they learned in last year's premature post-season defeat and applying it to this year's quest for the gold ball.
"Last year we were really young. This year they're just a little bit more experienced and it shows as a whole. We can handle leads better and situations better," coach Scott said.
"Over the past two years I've gotten way better, like being a leader, stepping up and playing at a varsity level," Sophomore guard, Rayshee Smith said.
The Lady Buffs will take this state tournament one step at a time. The first step will be defeating a very tough Perkins-Tyron team.
"But once again, it's all about us. If we can come out there and defend and take care of the ball like were capable of doing, it'll be a good game. It'll be a hard match up for them," coach Scott said.
"Just come out there and act like its any other game, and not be nervous just because their ranked high or whatever. Doesn't matter," Smith said.
But for the Lady Buffaloes, winning a state title is about more than bragging rights...its about bringing awareness to their sport and bringing a gold ball back to their hometown of Hugo, Oklahoma.
"For our girls to achieve that goal after so many down years, those girls coming in and working hard. It would be amazing, for the town of Hugo and especially for those girls," Coach Scott said.
The Hugo Lady Buffs will take on Perkins-Tryon, Thursday at 3 at the Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.