Pocola girls Choctaw Nation Invitational Tournament champions

Pocola's girls basketball team celebrates its Choctaw Nation Invitational Tournament title on Saturday after beating Howe in the final.

In a finish echoing the Pocola-Howe Class 2A girls state championship game nine months ago, Pocola beat Howe 43-39 in the Choctaw Nation Invitational Tournament final in Talihina on Saturday for its second straight CNIT title with Bailey Lairamore getting a key steal and Allyssa Parker hitting clinching free throws.

Lairamore got a steal with 1:45 left, and Parker converted a three-point play for a 41-37 lead 40 seconds later. Howe's Jurnee Williams hit a shot to cut the margin to 41-39 with 51.9 seconds left. Parker, who had 18 points and was named the CNIT girls Most Valuable Player, knocked down two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to seal it.

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