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POCOLA â€” The Pocola Lady Indians won their season opener for new coach Eric Ladd as they held off the Stigler Lady Panthers 57-52 on Tuesday night at the Pocola Gym.
Trailing 15-13 after a period, the Lady Indians used a 11-1 run to end the first half to take a 31-23 lead at halftime.
Pocolaâ€™s lead got to as much as 15 points, 45-30, in the third quarter, only to see Stigler cut the deficit to 54-50 with about two minutes left to play. However, the Lady Panthers got no closer.
POCOLA â€” The Stigler Panthers spoiled the debut of new Pocola boys coach, and Pocola alum, Scott Nelke as they beat the Indians 51-42 on Tuesday night at the Pocola Gym.
Leading 24-22 at halftime, a 6-0 run to begin the third quarter helped the Panthers outscore the Indians 16-6 in the period to take a 40-28 lead into the final quarter.
However, Pocola did not go down without a fight. Kaleb Verschageâ€™s basket with about three minutes left to play cut the Stigler lead to 44-42, but the Indians got no closer.
WILBURTON â€” Both Leflore teams and the Arkoma Lady Mustangs posted opening-day victories in Gold Bracket play at the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic, which took place Tuesday at both EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse and the Wilburton High School Gym.
The Savages beat Panola 75-32, while the Lady Savages handled Battiest 58-20. Both Leflore teams will play Buffalo Valley in the championship semifinals Thursday night at the Wilburton Gym, with the girls playing at 7:10 p.m. and the boys at 8:30 p.m.
WILBURTON â€” Several LeFlore County teams posted wins to begin the 2014 Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic on Monday at two sites â€” EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse and the Wilburton High School Gym â€” in Blue Bracket play.
Both Howe teams won big as the Lady Lions won 63-24 over Clayton, while the Lions clawed Indianola 61-13.
Bokoshe will be the Howe girls' next opponent as the Lady Tigers handled Indianola 59-42 and will face the Lady Lions at 7:10 tonight at the Wilburton Gym in the championship semifinals.
TULSA (AP) â€” Tulsa fired coach Bill Blankenship on Monday, three days after the Golden Hurricane wrapped up a second consecutive losing season.
The Golden Hurricane finished 2-10, with a 49-32 home loss to East Carolina on Friday night. Blankenship took over at his alma mater in 2011 after Todd Graham left for Pittsburgh. He went 19-8 in his first two seasons, including a Conference USA championship in 2012.
The Heavener Wolves basketball team will begin their season at 5:30 this afternoon in the Hartford [Ark.] Tournament against Hackett, Ark. The Lady Wolves will play right before them at 4 p.m.
The Wolves were 7-18 last season, and they return four starters from that team.
The 2014-15 basketball season will begin for Pocola High School tonight with home games against Stigler. The girls will play at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8 p.m.
The Lady Indians, who will be led this season for the first time by longtime boys coach Eric Ladd, were 6-18 last season.
When the boys take the court after the Lady Indians play, the Indians will have a new coach, former Poteau Pirates coach and Pocola High School alum Scott Nelke.
Like I said in last weekâ€™s column, this olâ€™ man recharged his batteries since weâ€™re back into high school basketball hot and heavy now.
This week is the first of two tournament weeks for LeFlore County teams. This week is the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic at both EOSCâ€™s Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse and the Wilburton High School Gym for Arkoma, Bokoshe, Howe, Leflore and Whitesboro. Also this week, Heavenerâ€™s teams will be in the Pick and Shovel Classic in Hartshorne beginning today, while the same can be said for Heavenerâ€™s teams at the Hartford [Ark.] Tournament.
Mairega Clarkâ€™s 15 points werenâ€™t enough for the Carl Albert State College Vikings in their 101-70 loss to third-ranked South Plains College, Texas, in the Thanksgiving Classic in Plano, Texas, on Saturday afternoon.
The Vikings will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK.