TALIHINA — The Talihina Lady Golden Tigers capped this past week's trio of games in the Choctaw Nation Tournament by winning the title game 41-26 over the Antlers Lady Bearcats Saturday night at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
The Lady Golden Tigers (4-0) got to the title game by winning Friday night's semifinal game 25-18 over Rattan, which ended up losing the third-place game Saturday night 51-13 to Sallisaw-Central.
The Howe Lady Lions bounced back from Thursday's upset loss to Rattan by winning the consolation championship with a 66-40 win over the Pocola Lady Indians Saturday afternoon. The Lady Lions (7-1) and the Lady Indians (2-3) each won their consolation semifinal games on Friday, Howe beating Wister 55-20 and Pocola downing the Talihina junior varsity 40-30.
The Lady Wildcats (6-5) won the seventh-place game on Saturday with a 60-47 victory over the Talihina JV.
On the boys' side, the Howe Lions edged the Wister Wildcats 49-48 for third place. Both teams lost their respective championship semifinals on Friday. The Lions (6-2) lost 64-62 in overtime to the Sallisaw-Central Tigers, while the ’Cats (7-4) lost 58-39 to the Rattan Rams.
In the boys' championship game, the Tigers, who were down 32-14 to the Rams in the third quarter, rallied to force overtime and got a three-quarter 3-point shot by Matt Callahan at the end of the double overtime to lift the Tigers to a thrilling 59-56 victory. Callahan was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player on the boys' side.
The Pocola Indians took home the consolation championship with a 60-59 victory over the Antlers Bearcats on Saturday. The Indians (4-1) bounced back from their opening-day loss with a 47-25 win over the Talihina JV.
The host Golden Tigers (0-3) lost their consolation semifial game 41-40 to the Bearcats on Friday. Since both Talihina teams were slated to meet in the seventh-place game, there was not seventh-place game played — and the Talihina boys basketball program just “shared” the seventh-place prize.
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Most Valuable Player — Tara Hawkins, Talihina
Howe — Megan Brown.
Talihina — Chelsea Baggs and Krissy Houston.
Wister — Cheyanne Pilkington.
Antlers — Taylor Tedder, Hailey Garman and Railey Gardener.
Sallisaw-Central — Haylee Tanner, Cydney Dillard.
Rattan — Lyndi Noel.
Most Valuable Player — Matt Callahan, Sallisaw-Central.
Howe — Jared Brown.
Pocola — Grant Severe.
Wister — Cody Luman and Tyler Gibson.
Sallisaw-Central — Justin Williams and Noah Miller.
Rattan — Justin Davidson, Landon Carper and Brett Mack.
Antlers — Bryce Martin.