ARKOMA â€” The first-ever Green Valley Conference Tournament crowned its champions Saturday night at the Arkoma High School Gym.
The Howe Lions avenged one of their losses as they defeated the McCurtain Bulldogs 58-49 to win the boys championship, while the Panama Lady Razorbacks claimed the girls title with a 50-43 victory over the Keota Lady Lions.
Both the Lions and Bulldogs won their semifinals on Friday night, with Howe beating Wister 64-36, while McCurtain beat Cameron 47-34.
STILWELL â€” Two NOAA Conference games, two wins for the Poteau Lady Pirates â€” and convincing victories, at that.
The Lady Pirates had little problem in defeating the Stilwell Lady Indians by a score of 49-29 on Monday night.
The Lady Pirates (5-3, 2-0 in conference play) jumped out to a 10-1 lead after a period to take control of the game. Poteau had a 22-12 lead at halftime.
If the Lady Indians had hopes for a second-half comeback, they were dashed in the third quarter as the Lady Pirates outscored them 14-6 to take a 36-18 lead into the final period.
STILWELL â€” The Poteau Pirates could not overcome an early deficit as they lost a NOAA Conference game to the homestanding Stilwell Indians by the score of 43-37 on Monday night.
The Pirates fell behind 12-10 after a period to the Indians, who increased their lead to six points, 25-19, at halftime.
The Pirates outscored the Indians 10-6 in the third quarter to cut the deficit back to two points at 31-29 going into the final period.
However, the Indians outscored the Pirates 12-8 in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.
Several Poteau High School football players were honored by District 4A-4. Now, a first-year Pirate has received the highest prep honor.
Poteau tight end Jay Werner was named to the East team of the All-State Football Team, which was announced last weekend by the Oklahoma Coaches Association. The All-State Game will be July 26 in Tulsa.
TALIHINA â€” Nothing like celebrating homecoming with a thrilling victory, and thatâ€™s just what the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers did Friday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
Down 18-7 after one period, the Lady Golden Tigers tied the game with a buzzer-beater to send the game into overtime. Then, the locals used a strong OT period to win, 51-43.
With seven seconds left, the Lady Savages led 39-36 and were getting ready to shoot the one-and-one. Jeff Oliver, Talihinaâ€™s coach, called timeout to ice the shooter â€” and it worked.
TALIHINA â€” The Talihina Golden Tigers basketball team made it a happy homecoming Friday night on Chris Gillispie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium. The Golden Tigers celebrated their big night with a 44-32 win over the Broken Bow Savages.
The Golden Tigers led from opening tip to final buzzer. Talihina led 14-12 after one period, 23-22 at halftime and 32-28 going into the fourth quarter.
For the second straight week, let me apologize for the space constraints in a Tuesday edition. I only was able to get two pages, thus I will have to hold the story on the Green Valley Conference Tournament until Wednesday's paper â€” since I do want to do it right because it is the inaugural one â€” and six LeFlore County teams left the Arkoma Gym with trophies.
Again, folks, I do apologize for you GVC fans having to wait one more day.
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