By CRAIG HALL
SPIRO—Spiro’s boys and girls used big third quarters to break open tight games and win against Heavener here Thursday night.
Spiro’s girls tossed a shutout in the third quarter in winning 52-37 while the Bulldogs likewise dominated the third period in a 65-45 win.
It was the openers for both schools.
In the early game, Spiro only led 29-23 at halftime, but outscored the Lady Wolves 16-0 to take control of the contest.
Meocha McKesson led three Lady Bulldogs in double figures with 15 points and had a big hand in the third-quarter run by scoring 10 of her team’s first 12 points in the quarter. Kanisha Hutchinson added 14 points and Philicea Mack added 12.
Heavener had difficulty getting a shot off against Spiro’s pressing defense in the third quarter and didn’t score in the second half until Logan Hinds got a basket to start the fourth quarter.
Spiro, which made a surprising run to the state tournament last year, grabbed the lead in the first half by dominating the offensive board, constantly getting second and third shots.
Heavener, the two-time defending LCT champions, only returns two starters from last year. Jordan Kannady led Heavener with 11 points while Logan Hinds had nine, all on three-point baskets.
Knifeis Carter had 18 points in the first half of the second game as the Bulldogs built a 28-25 lead at halftime. Carter only scored two in the second half, but his teammates stepped up in a big way.
Jermaine Jimmerson scored four quick points in the third quarter and finished with eight in the period as the Bulldogs scored the first eight points of the quarter and used a 16-3 run to build a 44-28 lead. Trevor Smith’s long three was the only basket for Heavener during the stretch.
Spiro eventually outscored Heavener, 20-7, in the quarter and the Wolves could never get back in the contest.
Tyh Hawkins added 14 for Spiro and Jimmerson finished with 12.
Shaun Bradley, who had several blocks on defense, paced Heavener with 14 points while Smith finished with 12.