For the first time in 11 years, a LeFlore County Tournament title is coming to Poteau High School. The Poteau Lady Pirates won their first county title since 2002 as they defeated Talihina Lady Golden Tigers 42-31 in Saturday night's finals at the Spiro High School gym.
Both teams reached Saturday night's title games with semifinal wins Friday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium in Talihina. Poteau romped past Panama 60-29, while Talihina beat Howe 67-57 in rematch of last year's girls title game — which was won by Howe.
In the girls third-place game Saturday afternoon at Spiro, Howe defeated Panama 45-33.
The Spiro boys repeated as county champions, once again beating Poteau in the finals 62-39 Saturday night on their home court. A season ago, the Bulldogs beat the Pirates 51-43 to claim the title.
In the third-place game Saturday afternoon at Spiro, Heavener defeated Talihina 47-41.
The third and fourth trophy teams of the tournament were given their plaques on Friday at the Wister gym. The Whitesboro Bulldogs edged the Pocola Indians 38-36 in the boys fifth-place game, right after the Spiro Lady Bulldogs beat the Heavener Lady Wolves 49-29 in the girls fifth-place contest.