HEAVENER â€” All that matters is leading at the final buzzer. Just ask the Poteau Pirates.
After trailing for the majority of Friday nightâ€™s game against the Heavener Wolves, up stepped an unlikely hero for the Pirates.
Junior Jarrett Lowrimore went coast-to-coast for the game-winning layup with two seconds left to give the Pirates a 44-43 victory.
The Lady Pirates gave Poteau a sweep on the night as they handled the Lady Wolves 62-42.
LONE GROVE â€” The Talihina Lady Golden Tigers brought home some hardware from Carter County near Ardmore. The Lady Golden Tigers defeated the host Lone Grove Lady Longhorns 50-42 to win the consolation championship of the Lone Grove Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the Gary Scott Center.
The news was not as good for the Golden Tigers, who lost to the Marlow Outlaws 63-60 in overtime in the consolation finals.
The Wister Wildcats and the Howe Lady Lions were each awarded the top seed at the 2013 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament, and they proved Saturday night at Carl Albert State College's Mick Thompson Fieldhouse why they were deserving of their seeding.
The Wildcats had little problem in beating the Heavener Wolves 47-28 in Saturday night's title game. Both teams reached the championship contest with Friday night semifinal wins at Howe â€” Wister beat Spiro 45-19, while Heavener edged Poteau Pansy Kidd Middle School 32-31.
It was quite a week last week as the 2013 LeFlore County Junior High County Tournament took place, and let me just say thank you to Karen Larosa, Monroe Public Schools superintendent, and coach Casey Hemphill for all their help with getting me daily scores so I could put an updated bracket each night on the Poteau Daily News website.
Congratulations to the Wister Wildcats and Howe Lady Lions for winning county titles this season.
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MUSKOGEE â€” Some hardware from Muskogee County came home to LeFlore County on Saturday night.
The Spiro High School basketball teams swept the title games Saturday night at the Muskogee Bedouin Shrine Classic, each beating undefeated Oktaha in the finals.
The Bulldogs got past the Tigers 61-58 in Saturday night's title game, after knocking off the Haskell Haymakers 72-51 in Friday night's semifinal.
Behind Ericka Edwardsâ€™ 19 second-half points, the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings shocked the 19th-ranked Redlands Community College Lady Cougars 69-62 Thursday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
The 17-point outings by Redlands players Jared Griffin and Quienton Paras proved to be the difference for the Cougars in their 73-64 win over the Vikings.
The CASC teams will return to action Monday night with road games against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami. The womenâ€™s game will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the menâ€™s contest at 8 p.m.
The Whitesboro High School basketball teams both opened the 2013 Rock Island Conference Shootout with wins, but one of them was a nailbiter.
In a battle of Bulldogs on Thursday in Kinta, Whitesboro handled Clayton 64-39. However, the Lady Bulldogs had to go double overtime to defeat Buffalo Valley 44-38 Thursday in Buffalo Valley.
Both Whitesboro teams made it to the semifinals at their respective sites on Friday. The â€™Dogs played the host Eagles in Kinta, while the Lady Bulldogs faced Red Oak in Buffalo Valley.