HEAVENER â€” The Heavener Wolves sent their six seniors out in style Friday night as they defeated the Stigler Panthers 63-50 at the Heavener High School gym.
Trailing 8-7 after a period, the Wolves outscored the Panthers 21-14 in the second quarter to take a 28-22 lead at intermission.
Heavener then outscored Stigler 24-18 in the third quarter to take a 52-40 lead into the final period.
Pocola 82, Hartshorne 56: In Pocola, the Indians led 22-19 after a period and slowly increased the lead from there. Pocola had a 46-27 halftime lead, and took a 63-39 advantage into the final period.
POCOLA â€” A fourth-quarter rally enabled the Pocola Lady Indians to earn a 35-31 come-from-behind victory over the Hartshorne Lady Miners on Friday night for Senior Night at the Pocola High School gym.
Down 24-21 after three periods, the Lady Indians outscored the Lady Miners 14-7 in the final quarter to get the win.
Spiro 59, Sallisaw 49: In Spiro, the Lady Bulldogs trailed most of the game. Philicea Mackâ€™s free throw with 29 seconds left put Spiro ahead for the first time all night.
CAMERON â€” The good news is that the Cameron High School basketball teams picked up wins Friday night in the Class A District Tournament to make Saturday night's title games â€” and assure another week's worth of practice.
The bad news was the Cameron teams ran into buzz saws called the Kiowa Cowgirls and Cowboys in the championship games.
The Cowgirls stung the Lady Yellowjackets 77-36 in Saturday night's title game, then the Cowboys lassoed the â€™Jackets 71-45.
GANS â€” Arkoma girls basketball coach Connie Ray, as did Keotaâ€™s and Gansâ€™ girls coaches, liked how they were all put into the same Class A District Tournament since all three teams had 10-plus wins. It meant that one team was going to be eliminated on Friday night, and that team was the Lady Mustangs.
The Keota Lady Lions used a strong third quarter to rally for a 50-47 victory over the Lady Mustangs, who end the season with a record of 13-10.
The season also came to an end for the Mustangs as they lost 52-33 to the Gans Grizzlies. The Mustangs finished the season at 9-14.
McCURTAIN â€” The Bokoshe Lady Tigers basketbal team won the Class B District Tournanent on Saturday night, but it wasn't easy.
It took a frantic fourth-quarter rally and a strong overtime period before the Lady Tigers could get past the pesky Hanna Lady Dragons 75-62 in the championship contest.
The Lady Tigers (16-6) will play Lomega at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Paden in the Class B Regional Tournament for the chance to play in the title game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ada High School's Cougar Activities Center.
WHITESBORO â€” As it says in the first line of â€śA Tale of Two Cities,â€ť â€śIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times ...â€ť
That phrase could sum up the feelings of the Whitesboro High School basketball teams and fans at Saturday night's Class B District Tournament title games at Steve Linker Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs won their title game, beating the Eagletown Eagles 63-50. However, the Lady Eagles spoiled the Lady Bulldogs' title hopes with a 54-36 victory.
KINTA â€” The good news is the Leflore Savages basketball team knew it was going to get a home playoff game Thursday in the Class B Regional Tournament. The bad news is that game will be an elimination game.
The Savages lost 55-39 to the Kinta Eagles in the title game of the Class B District Tournament on Saturday night.
The Savages (13-11) still advanced to the Class B Regional Tournament as district runners-up. They will meet Eagletown at 3 p.m. Thursday on their home floor, and must win three games in three days to make next week's Class B Area Tournament at Kingston.
After rough road games Friday night against Muldrow, the Poteau High School teams returned to Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse on Saturday in hopes of returning to their winning ways. They did just that.
The Lady Pirates posted a 39-27 win over the Broken Bow Lady Savages, then the Pirates avenged an earlier loss to the Savages with a 57-45 victory.
MULDROW â€” It was a rough start to the weekend for the Poteau High School basketball teams in their Friday night road games against Muldrow.
The Lady Piratesâ€™ late rally came up short in a 46-42 loss to the Lady Bulldogs, while the â€™Dogs handled the Pirates 64-57.
Now, the second season â€” otherwise known as the playoffs â€” will get going hot and heavy this week. All Class A and B teams that got out of their respective district tournaments will be in regional tournaments Thursday through Saturday.
All Class 4A, 3A and 2A teams will begin postseason play Friday and Saturday in district tournaments.
The complete playoff schedule will be listed at the end of this column.
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