Seven teams win away from area tournaments

Of the 15 LeFlore County high school basketball teams left in postseason play, seven of them — Poteau’s girls, Heavener’s boys, Spiro’s boys, Pocola’s boys, Talihina’s boys, Howe’s girls and Talihina’s girls — are just a win away from automatically qualifying for next week’s area tournaments.These seven teams are in winner’s-bracket games Thursday night in their respective regional tournaments. A win will not only put them into Saturday night’s regional title games, but they will automatically qualify for going on to the area tournaments as doing no worse than being regional runners-up.The other eight teams will try to stave off elimination for three straight days beginning Thursday to make it to the next stage. If the Whitesboro Bulldogs and the Bokoshe Lady Tigers do so, they will find themselves at the Class B State Tournament next week.Playoff ScheduleThursdayClass 4ARegional TournamentAt Fort GibsonPoteau boys vs. Jay, 3 p.m.Poteau girls vs. Fort Gibson, 6:30 p.m.Class 3ARegional TournamentsAt Muskogee Civic CenterHeavener girls vs. Wyandotte, 1:30 p.m.Heavener boys vs. Kansas, 8 p.m.At WilburtonSpiro girls vs. Coalgate, 1:30 p.m.Spiro boys vs. Antlers, 8 p.m.Class 2ARegional TournamentsAt PanamaPanama girls vs. Quinton, 1:30 p.m.Pocola boys vs. Oktaha, 8 p.m.At TalihinaTalihina girls vs. Savanna, 6:30 p.m.Talihina boys vs. Wewoka, 8 p.m.At CrowderWister girls vs. Crowder, 1:30 p.m.Howe boys vs. Porter Consolidated, 3 p.m.Howe girls vs. Preston, 6:30 p.m.Class B Area TournamentAt KingstonBokoshe girls vs. Kinta, 6:30 p.m.Whitesboro boys vs. Bennington, 8 p.m.FridayClass 4ARegional TournamentAt Fort GibsonPoteau-Jay boys winner vs. Muldrow-Inola loser, 3 p.m.Poteau-Fort Gibson girls loser vs. Hilldale-Wagoner winner, 6:30 p.m.Class 3ARegional TournamentsAt Muskogee Civic CenterHeavener-Kansas boys loser vs. Newkirk-Vian winner, 3 p.m.Heavener-Wyandotte girls winner vs. Verdigris-Vian loser, 6:30 p.m.At AntlersSpiro-Antlers boys loser vs. Tishomingo-Davis winner, 3 p.m.Spiro-Coalgate girls winner vs. Hugo-Davis loser, 6:30 p.m.Class 2ARegional TournamentsAt TalihinaPocola-Oktaha boys loser vs. Stratford-Tushka winner, 3 p.m.Panama-Quinton girls winner vs. Talihina-Savanna loser, 6:30 p.m.Talihina-Wewoka boys loser vs. Quinton-Sallisaw/Central winner, 8 p.m.At CrowderWister-Crowder girls winner vs. Colbert-Silo loser, 1:30 p.m.Howe-Porter Consolidated boys winner vs. Haworth-Vanoss loser, 3 p.m.Howe-Preston girls loser vs. Haworth-Caddo winner, 6:30 p.m.Class B Area TournamentAt KingstonBokoshe-Kinta girls winner vs. Midway-Eagletown winner, 1:30 p.m.Whitesboro-Bennington boys winner vs. McCurtain-Kinta winner, 3 p.m.SaturdayClass 4ARegional TournamentAt Fort GibsonConsolation Title Games, 1:30 and 3 p.m.Girls Regional Title Game, 6:30 p.m.Class 3ARegional TournamentsAt Muskogee Civic CenterConsolation Title Games, 1:30 and 3 p.m.Boys Regional Title Game, 8 p.m.At AntlersConsolation Title Games, 1:30 and 3 p.m.Boys Regional Title Game, 8 p.m.Class 2ARegional TournamentsAt TalihinaConsolation Title Games, 1:30 and 3 p.m.Championships, 6:30 and 8 p.m.At CrowderConsolation Title Games, 1:30 and 3 p.m.Girls Championship, 6:30 p.m.Class B Area TournamentsAt KingstonConsolation Title Games, 6:30 and 8 p.m. (winners to state)