Arkoma girls returning to state for first time in 22 years

The year was 1992. We were preparing for a presidential election, which would end up being won by then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. In the month of March of that year, late disco singing legend Donna Summer got her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and Leona Helmsley was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion.Also in that same month, the Arkoma Lady Mustangs made the state tournament. Now, 22 years later, they're back.The Lady Mustangs won the Class A Area Tournament consolation championship Saturday night by beating the only team to beat them this postseason — the Kiowa Cowgirls, who beat them by 21 points exactly one week before in the regional finals.Arkoma will meet Frontier at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at everyone's high school basketball destination — Oklahoma City's State Fair Arena, a.k.a. “The Big House.”ScheduleThursdayClass A State TournamentAt Oklahoma City's State Fair ArenaArkoma vs. Frontier, 8:30 p.m.Class 4A Area TournamentAt WilburtonPoteau boys vs. Ada, 3 p.m.; Poteau girls vs. McLoud, 6:30 p.m.Class 2A Area TournamentAt Muskogee Civic CenterHowe girls vs. Quinton, 1:30 p.m.; Pocola boys vs. Talihina, 3 p.m.FridayClass A State TournamentAt Oklahoma City's State Fair ArenaArkoma-Frontier winner vs. Turner-Seiling winner, 7:30 p.m.Class 4A Area TournamentAt WilburtonPoteau-McLoud girls winner vs. Tulsa Victory Christian-Hilldale winner, 1:30 p.m.; Poteau-Ada boys winner vs. Tulsa Central-Broken Bow winner, 3 p.m.Class 3A Area TournamentAt SkiatookSpiro girls vs. Adair, 6:30 p.m. (winner to state); Spiro boys vs. Nowata, 8 p.m. (winner to state)Class 2A Area TournamentAt Muskogee Civic CenterHowe-Quinton girls winner vs. Colcord-Dale winner, 1:30 p.m.; Pocola-Talihina boys winner vs. Chouteau-Mazie/Dale winenr, 3 p.m.; Howe boys vs. Preston, 8 p.m. (winner to state)SaturdayClass A State TournamentAt Oklahoma City's State Fair ArenaArkoma in state title game, 5:30 p.m.Class 4A Area TournamentAt WilburtonPoteau teams in consolation finals, 6:30 and 8 p.m. (winners to state)Class 3A Area TournamentAt SkiatookSpiro teams in consolation finals (if either or both lose Friday night), 6:30 and 8 p.m. (winners to state)Class 2A Area TournamentAt Muskogee Civic CenterHowe-Quinton — Colcord-Dale girls winner vs. Ketchum-Preston loser, consolation finals, 6:30 p.m. (winner to state); Pocola-Talihina — Chouteau/Mazie-Dale boys winner vs. Howe-Preston loser, 8 p.m., consolation finals, 8 p.m. (winner to state)