WISTER — If many LeFlore County high school basketball prognosticators were ready to make a prediction that there was going to be a new girls champion at the end of the 81st LeFlore County Tournament, the Howe Lady Lions are letting people know the defending champions aren't going away.
After trailing most of Tuesday night's championship quarterfinal game against the Spiro Lady Bulldogs, the Lady Lions found a way to scratch their way to a 50-48 victory to make it to Friday night's semifinals in Talihina.
It will be a rematch of last year's girls title game as Howe will meet Talihina at 8:30 p.m. Friday on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium in one semifinal with the winner playing for the championship at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Spiro.
The Lady Golden Tigers made it to the semifinals with a 55-37 win over the Pocola Lady Indians earlier in the day.
The Howe-Talihina loser will play for third place at 1 p.m. Saturday in Spiro.
One half of the boys championship semifinals was set up on Tuesday, and in very different fashions.
The Talihina Golden Tigers pulled out a shocking 47-46 win over the Pocola Indians, setting up a meeting with Poteau at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Talihina for a shot at Saturday night's title.
On the other hand, the Heavener Wolves had little problems with defeating the Whitesboro Bulldogs, winning 47-26. Heavener will play Spiro at 7 p.m. Thursday on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium in the first boys semifinal.
Tuesday's losers played Wednesday for the chance to claim fifth place at this site on Friday. The girls third-place game is set for 4 p.m., followed by the boys third-place contest at 5:30 p.m.