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

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.