- Mini Penny
For the 17 LeFlore County high school basketball teams remaining in the postseason parade, their playoffs resume today and tonight in regional and area tournaments.
In the Class 4A Regional Tournament at Roland, the Poteau Pirates will play Checotah at 3 p.m., and must win three games in three days to advance to next week's area tournament at Muskogee. The Poteau-Checotah winner will face the Stilwell-Broken Bow loser at 8 p.m. Friday in Sallisaw, with that victor playing for the consolation championship â€” and a trip to the Class 4A Area Tournament â€” at 3 p.m. Saturday in Sallisaw.
The Lady Pirates currently are on the easier path. They face the Roland Lady Rangers at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Class 4A Regional Tournament in Roland. Tonight's winner will not only play for Saturday night's championship at 6:30 p.m. in Sallisaw, but will automatically qualify for next week's area tournament in Muskogee.
However, tonight's loser can still make the area tournament if they win their 1:30 p.m. Friday game in Sallisaw against the winner of today's Sallisaw-Broken Bow game, then post a victory in the consolation championship contest at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, also in Sallisaw.
In Class 3A, the Spiro High School teams, like the Poteau girls, are in the easier path to state. Both the Lady Bulldogs and the Bulldogs will play Keys (Park Hill) at 6:30 and 8 p.m. tonight, respectively, in the Class 3A Regional Tournament at the Spiro Gym. The winners will play for the regional championship at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, respectively, at Carl Albert State College's Mick Thompson Fieldhouse â€” and will automatically advance to next week's Class 3A Area Tournament at Fort Gibson.
If either or both Spiro teams suffer losses tonight, they can still make the area tournament by winning Friday afternoon games and Saturday afternoon's consolation title games â€” both at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
The Heavener Lady Wolves and Wolves are in must-win situations for the entire weekend at the Class 3A Regional Tournament, which begins this afternoon at the Heavener Gym against Atoka at 1:30 and 3 p.m., respectively. The winners will play Friday afternoon in the consolation semifinals, the Lady Wolves (with a victory) against the Wilburton-Sequoyah/Tahlequah loser at 1:30 p.m. and the Wolves (with a win) vs. the Coalgate-Sequoyah/Tahlequah loser at 3 p.m. â€” both games at the new Wilburton Gym. Then, the locals must win the consolation championship at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, also in Wilburton, to make it to the Class 3A Area Tournament next week in Fort Gibson.
In Class 2A, the majority of the LeFlore County teams will be at the Howe Gym today and tonight for a regional tournament. Loser's-bracket games will see the Pocola girls meeting Wister at 1:30 p.m., while the Howe boys playing Gore at 3 p.m. The losers will be finished, while the winners will advance to the consolation semifinals Friday night at Ada's Cougar Activity Center â€” the Pocola-Wister girls' winner will meet the Rattan-Amber/Pocasset loser at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Howe-Gore boys' winner meeting the Haworth-Amber/Pocasset loser at 8 p.m. The consolation championships will be at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, also in Ada, with the winners advancing to next week's Class 2A Area Tournament at the new Wilburton Gym.
On the winner's-bracket side at Howe, it will be the Howe girls vs. Panama at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Pocola boys against Wister at 8 p.m. The winners will play for the championship at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, respectively, in Ada â€” and will automatically make it to next week's area tournament in Wilburton.
Tonight's losers will have to win Friday afternoon's consolation semifinals in Ada as the Howe-Panama girls' loser will meet the Haworth-Rush Springs winner at 1:30 p.m., while the Pocola-Wister boys loser will face the winner of today's Rattan-Konawa game at 3 p.m. Those winners will play for the consolation championship at 1:30 and 3 p.m., respectively, on Saturday in Ada to advance to the area tournament.
The Talihina teams will be in the Class 2A Regional Tournament in Warner. The Lady Golden Tigers are only a win away from making it to the area tournament in Wilburton as they will meet the Hulbert Lady Riders at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The winner will play not only for the regional title at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Warner, but they will automatically qualify for next week's area tournament in Wilburton.
The Talihina-Hulbert loser will still be alive in the playoffs, but it must win Friday afternoon against the Hartshorne-Tushka winner at 1:30 p.m. in Warner, then win the consolation championship at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Warner to make the Class 2A Area Tournament.
The Golden Tigers will play an elimination game at 3 p.m. this afternoon against Sallisaw-Central, with the winner meeting the Oktaha-Crowder loser at 8 p.m. Friday. That winner will then play for the consolation championship at 3 p.m. Saturday for the right to advance to next week's area tournament in Wilburton.
There are two Class B girls teams who are three wins from a state-tournament appearance. The Bokoshe Lady Tigers will play the Burlington Lady Elks at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Class B Area Tournament in Cleveland, Okla. The winner will then play the Shidler-Braggs winner at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with that victor playing for the consolation championship â€” and a state berth â€” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs will face the Caney Lady Cougars at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon in the Class B Area Tournament in Kingston. The winner will meet the Sasakwa-Panola winner at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with that survivor playing for the consolation title and a trip to next week's Class B State Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.