Arkoma, Panama girls win opening-round games in inaugural GVC Tournament

ARKOMA — It was a historic late afternoon and night on Monday at the Arkoma Gym as the first-ever Green Valley Conference Tournament got underway.The host Lady Mustangs and the Panama Lady Razorbacks, along with the Keota Lady Lions, got the first wins of the newly-formed event.Arkoma held off a fourth-quarter furious rally by the Wister Lady Wildcats to win 58-55, while Panama beat the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets for the second time in three days in a 35-22 victory. Keota knocked off McCurtain 70-58 as the Howe Lady Lions received a first-round bye.Tuesday saw the boys get started in the tournament as Arkoma met Cameron, Wister faced Keota and Howe played Cameron.After taking today off, the tournament will resume with girls action. The championship semifinals will have Howe facing Keota at 6:30 p.m. in a battle of Lady Lions, followed by Arkoma and Panama playing at 8 p.m.Action will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday as Cameron and Wister will play in the consolation semfinals, with the winner meeting McCurtain for the consolation championship at noon Saturday. The Cameron-Wister loser will be eliminated from the tournament.