WILBURTON — On Feb. 25 at Ada High School's Cougar Activity Center, the then-undefeated Amber-Pocasset Lady Panthers beat the Howe Lady Lions 40-29 in the Class 2A Regional Tournament title game.
Just one week later, the same two teams met, this time at the new Wilburton High School Gym, and for the Class 2A Area Tournament consolation championship.
The good news for the Lady Lions was the second meeting was closer than the game one week prior, but the not-so-good news was the outcome proved to be the same.
The Lady Panthers, who were coming off their first loss of the season in Friday night's area tournament title game when they lost 42-39 to the undefeated Oktaha Lady Tigers, beat the Lady Lions 39-30 to win Saturday night's area tournament consolation championship game and advance to state.
The Lady Lions end the season at 27-3.
“I reminded the girls that they can't boil the season down to one game — even if you win your last game,” Howe Girls Coach Chris Brown said. “We've done that before. And even when we won a state championship, that one game didn't make our whole year. We've reminded them of their accomplishments. There are a lot of teams who would have loved to have been in the position we were in (Saturday night). Beyond the game, it's the relationships you build with the kids, and I'll miss that since I've had them (Howe senior players Megan Brown, Abilgail McGarrah, Tori Kellogg, Mariah Landeros and Brianna Hillebrand) since fifth and sixth grade. It's just hard.”