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Spiro girls pull off second straight upset in as many days, knock off No. 2 Hodgen

January 9, 2013

CINDERELLA? — Spiro's Hallie Harper, right, dribbles the ball downcourt in front of Hodgen's trio of, from left, Shakotah Cripps, Laura Culpepper and Krista Taylor during Tuesday night's quarterfinal game in Monroe. Tenth-seeded Spiro pulled off its second straight upset, knocking off second-seeded Hodgen. PDN photo by David Seeley

MONROE — The Spiro Lady Bulldogs, who are seeded 10th in the 2013 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament, are quickly becoming the Cinderellas this season's annual event.
For the second straight day, the Lady Bulldogs pulled off an upset. After knocking off No. 7 Bokoshe on Monday afternoon at the Monroe gym, they returned to the same site and did likewise in posting a 33-29 victory over second-seeded Hodgen in the championship quarterfinals.
The three other games here were boys quarterfinals, and the two top-seeded teams posted wins.
Defending champion Poteau/Pansy Kidd Middle School, seeded second, handled Leflore 45-31. Top-seeded Wister was too much for Howe in a 45-21 win.
However, the sixth-seeded Heavener Wolves knocked off third-seeded Monroe 44-23.
Thursday's games at Monroe will feature consolation side action. The boys consolation semifinals will take place at 4:45 and 7:15 p.m., with the winners playing for the consolation championship at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Pansy Kidd Middle School.
The girls consolation semifinals will be at 3:30 and 6 p.m. The winners of those games will meet at 5 p.m. Friday at Monroe for the consolation championship.
Thursday at Howe will have games to determine the fifth-place team combatants. On the boys side, Leflore and Monroe will play at 4:45 p.m., while Howe and Talihina will meet at 7:15 p.m. The winners will play for fifth place at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Carl Albert State College's Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Girls games to determine the two teams battling for fifth place will see Pansy Kidd Middle School and Hodgen meet at 3:30 p.m., while Heavener and Talihina will battle at 6 p.m. The two winners will play at 1 p.m. Saturday for fifth place at CASC.

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