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Pocola boys finally beat Talihina on fourth try; Howe girls also stay alive; Late free throws lift Indians past Golden Tigers; Howe Lions played for trip to state Friday night

March 8, 2014

OUCH! — Howe's Kerstein Hall, left, gets fouled by a Quinton player during Thursday afternoon's Class 2A Area Tournament consolation quarterfinal contest at the Muskogee Civic Center. Photo by Holly Cooper

MUSKOGEE — The old adage says, “Third time's the charm.” For the Pocola Indians, their new motto became “Fourth time's the charm.”
For the first time in four tries, the Indians finally downed county and Black Diamond Conference rival Talihina 42-40 in the Class 2A Area Tournament consolation quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at the Muskogee Civic Center as Tanner Francis' two free throws with 5.5 seconds left broke a 40-all tie.
The Indians played the Dale Pirates in Friday afternoon's area consolation quarterfinals, with the winner playing the loser of Friday night's area finals between the Howe Lions and the Preston Pirates at 8 tonight for the consolation championship and a trip to next week's Class 2A State Tournament.
The Howe Lady Lions are in the same position as the Indians, needing two wins to make state. The Lady Lions got past the Quinton Lady Savages 40-35 in Thursday afternoon's area consolation quarterfinals. Howe's girls played the Dale Lady Pirates in Friday afternoon's area consolation semifinals with the winner meeting the loser of Friday night's area finals contest between Ketchum and Preston at 6:30 tonight for the consolation championship and berth into next week's Class 2A State Tournament.

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