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Howe teams sweep Panama, while Spiro does likewise to Acorn, Ark., on Day 1 of Panama Holiday Festival

December 29, 2011

DAY ONE OF PANAMA HOLIDAY FESTIVAL — Howe's Stephen Helmandollar goes in for a lay-up in front of Panama's Colby Skelton (No. 14) as Skelton's teammates Jace Cheely, left, and Ben Whiteaker watch during their game on Day 1 of the Panama Holiday Festival Tuesday night at the Panama Gym. PDN Staff Photo by David Seeley

PANAMA — The 2011 Holiday Festival hosted by the Panama High School basketball teams kicked off Tuesday with four games of action.
The Spiro and Howe teams swept the Day 1 contests of the festival in both girls and boys action.
In a close in-county battle, the Lions beat the homestanding Hogs by a final score of 48-46, while the Lady Lions handed the Lady ’Backs a defeat of 56-35.
The Spiro squads won over the Acorn Lady Tigers and Tigers with the Lady Bulldogs posting a final score of 49-45, and the ’Dogs running the floor in a game that ended with them winning 69-33.
The Pamana Holiday Festival will conclude its two-day event today, with four more games. Day 2's in-county battles will have the Lady Lions meeting the Lady Bulldogs at 4 p.m., followed by the Lions and the ’Dogs at 5:30 p.m. Then, the hosts will face Acorn, with the girls' game at 7 p.m. and the boys' contest at 8:30 p.m.

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